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TERRY TRUEMAN

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Terry Trueman was born in Birmingham, Alabama, but grew up in Seattle.  He attended the University of Washington, where he received his B.A. in creative writing. He also has an M.S. in applied psychology and an M.F.A. in creative writing, both from Eastern Washington University.

The father of two sons, Henry and Jesse, Terry Trueman is married and makes his home in Spokane, Washington, where he has lived since 1974.

His first novel, Stuck in Neutral, was a Michael Printz Honor recipient. Currently, a screen adaptation of Stuck in Neutral by Juan Mas and Kim Beatty of North by Northwest Films is in the works. In addition to being based on Stuck in Neutral, the screen adaptation will incorporate elements from both his poem Sheehan and his novel, Cruise Control. Once the script is complete and fine-tuned, production of a feature length film or made-for-television movie will be the next step.

Cruise Control, Terry Trueman's third U.S. novel, is a companion to Stuck in Neutral -- the powerful story of a family torn apart by disability and divorce, told from Paul McDaniel's point of view -- the brother of wheelchair bound Shawn.

In 2005, Inside Out was named a 2005 IRA Young Adults' Choice.

In 2006, Terry Trueman's name became linked with The Great Stories Club, a book club grant program organized by the Public Programs Office (PPO) and Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), with a grant from Oprah's Angel Network, to provide young adults with the opportunity to discuss books relevant to the challenges in their lives. Public and school libraries collaborating with alternative high schools or juvenile detention facilities are eligible to apply to present three-part book club discussions featuring three theme-related books selected by YALSA for teen audiences. (Applications are available from YALSA.) In this program, up to 150 libraries receive seven sets of the three books to provide to members of the book club, along with online resources to plan and implement the program. Book selections, theme and program support materials are developed by YALSA's Outreach to Young Adults with Special Needs Committee. The theme for the Great Stories Club will be teens facing challenges, and Terry Trueman's Stuck in Neutral is one of the three titles. (The other titles are First Part Last by Angela Johnson and Born Blue by Han Nolan. For further information about this program, go to:


www.ala.org/ala/ppo/currentprograms/greatstories/club.htm.

If you have questions, send an email to publicprograms@ala.org.

Hodder Books released Swallowing the Sun, which follows a teen's heroic efforts to save friends and family after his Honduran village is destroyed by a devastating mudslide, in October of 2003 in the U.K. only.

Trueman's hobbies include cruising his Sea Ray boat as well as in his 1976 Corvette Stingray. One of his heroes is poet, Charles Bukowski.