Sunday, July 17, 2016

Tru and Nelle by G. Neri


Summer in Monroeville, Alabama during the Great Depression is pretty much a typical small southern town of the 1930’s.  It’s hot and life is slow-paced.  It’s not the place anyone would expect to find someone famous.  But that’s exactly where where two world famous authors met as children, and became lifelong friends.  Tru has been sent to live with his eccentric cousins after a stint of working on a riverboat showboat with his ever-scheming father.  Nelle is the youngest daughter of the town’s lawyer.  With a mostly absent mother and two older sisters that want nothing to do with her, Nelle has nothing but time on her hands.  At first she is simply intrigued by the new kid in the strange clothes that moved in next door.  They soon bond over their mutual love of mysteries, especially Sherlock Holmes.  Little do they know they will soon be solving a real life mystery of their own.  In the process, they uncover some not so nice truths about their small town and put their own lives in danger!

While this book is middle grade fiction, it's based on the true life friendship of Truman Capote and Harper Lee. It’s a fascinating read as it weaves truth with fiction seamlessly and leave the reader eager to discover more about both authors. Don’t miss the Author’s Note in the back of the book!