The author of Tru & Nelle, G. Neri is a children's author who has won many awards, among them the Coretta Scott King Honor for the book Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty. Neri chose to write Tru & Nelle as fiction so that he could use the colorful characters, the Depression era, and the small Deep South town as part of the story.
I found this book to be a sweet story of Capote and Harper Lee. You will enjoy reading about Truman and Nelle's escapades in Monroeville. It is especially interesting to see how they formulated their love of mysteries, how they both became authors from their early experiences, and how some of the figures in their books were based on people in the town. There are some sad parts too, but they can be teachable moments for young people who don't know the history of the Jim Crow South. Tru & Nelle
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If your interest is piqued by reading Tru & Nelle, The Virginia Beach Public Library has many books on both Harper Lee and Truman Capote. Harper Lee: A Twentieth Century Life by Kerry Madden and Real Courage: The Story of Harper Lee by Katherine Don are both Youth Biographies. An Adult Non-fiction book which chronicles Truman's later years is, Truman Capote: In Which Various Friends, Enemies. Acquaintances, and Detractors Recall his Turbulent Career by George Plimpton. The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin is a current bestseller that is a fictionalized account of the years that Capote was at the top of the New York social ladder.