Tru Untrue

Rachelle Jones Smith (Author) Laurachioma Jones (Cover Design by)


Sometimes the truth is a threat to the future. Sometimes the truth will set them free.

Tru is anything but. A midyear transfer, he's the mysterious new 'hood guy who has quickly become the class clown and discovered all his teacher's peeves. And Nell, the reticent isolationist sits nearby, ignoring the daily spectacle of Tru's antics as she writes and sketches in a moleskin and relishes in her seeming-invisibility. They share no connection and have never said a word to one another.

Then Ms. Yashar announces a collaborative senior presentation. Nell looks mortified when she hears she must pair up with a classmate. Tru sees her weary look and, lingering after class, asks the teacher to pair him up with her to save her the awkward "who doesn't have a partner yet?" moment in class. He's used to saving those who need it. But will Ms. Yashar allow this delinquent to redeem himself with this good deed when the last landed him in jail?

Tru Untrue is a story of two teens on the fringe - one with a criminal past and overwhelming reparations and one whose family structure is fractured by rejection and death - who find peace in a classroom partnership. Several lives are intertwined as these young adults move through life-defining decisions involving preconceptions, identity, family pressure, and criminality.

Product Details

Keepin' Up Wit Press
Publish Date
February 20, 2020
5.98 X 0.42 X 9.02 inches | 0.61 pounds

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About the Author

Rachelle Jones Smith has always loved to travel. If she can't go somewhere, her imagination is a great travel agent! She is a mom, a teacher, a photographer and a life-long storyteller (but not the kind of stories that are fibs). While in primary and secondary school, Rachelle often read books, or doodled and sketched out stories whenever she had free time. She went on to study journalism, creative writing, and education. Now that her studies are done, she uses her spare time to writes books to share.
LauraChioma Jones is an artist who explores a variety of mediums, among them watercolor, oil, and gouache. She enjoys working with reclaimed materials and is an avid pot head aka clay artist. She is working on a non-profit called the A.R.T. Project.