Trell tells the story of a fourteen year "old girl who lives in the roxbury neighborhood "girl who lives in the Roxbury neighborhood Boston with her mother Her father has been in prison since she was an infant wrongly convicted of the drive by murder of a young girl Trell has seen her father only once a week during visiting hours When a lawyer agrees to take on her father s appeal Trell helps out at the law office filing papers and learning about the legal system As she learns and about her father s case she has to confront the reasons he was convicted and find help in this #case a jaded reporter to get the publicity needed to draw attention #a jaded reporter to get the publicity needed to draw attention her father s wrongful convictionI m not a YA reader but this book held my attention and I didn t feel as though the author a former journalist with The Boston Globe s famous Spotlight team overly simplified things Dick Lehr is telling a complex story here one that addresses the crack pidemic of the 1980s police malfeasance why communities of color mistrust the police what it s like to be an outsider the Are You A Physician experience of a child who has a parent in prison along with the central story Despite the central story being about gangs drug dealing and cops the novel was refreshingly centered on women from the lawyer doing the work to win an appeal for Trell s father Trell s mother who is strong and does a lot to help with the case while supporting her and Trell to Trell herself plucky but scared Lehr based this book on actualvents that reported on so there s a depth to the characters and From A Cry To A Sigh events that comes from reality I liked that he allowed Trell to be an independent character while not downplaying the danger involved in investigating the case This book is based on a true crime that occurred in Roxbury MA where a 12 year old African American girl named Darlene Moore was sitting on a mailbox and got caught in the crossfire of gang violence It became a very difficult case and a man was wrongly convicted of the crime and was imprisoned for about 14 years before he was released His release was due in part to the investigation by the author of this book who previously had worked as a reported for the Boston Globe So this book obviously is closely related to thevents that happened in real life although the author does change names and some small details The book is told from the perspective of the wrongly convicted man s teenage daughter which I found to be uite an interesting approach The author also writes himself into the story using a different name which was also an interesting approach and something I have previously not read The pacing of this story also moves along at uite a uick paceThis of course is a very interesting
*story but i *but I it would have worked better if the author had just written the book as non fiction Trying to write fiction so close to an actual case but changing names and details just doesn t always that well I did The High Performance Planner Yellow enjoy the fact that the book is written from Trell s perspective the daughter of the wrongly convicted man instead of from the reporter s perspective Overall I didnjoy the book it was an interesting story and it was told from an interesting perspective but I think it would have worked better if the author had written it as non fictionThank you to the publisher Candlewick Press for sending me an ARC of this book Find reviews like this at The Literary Phoenix I received a copy of this book free of charge in The 2019 Anvil And Forge Buying Guide exchange for an honest review Thank you to NetGalley and Candlewick Press for this opportunity All opinions are strictly my ownRomero Taylor is a wrongfully accused manHe knows this his wife knows this and his daughter Van Trell Taylor knows this Everyone knows this but nobody is speaking up about it Why not Because the crime he is accused of is horrific a twelve year old girl was shot Further someone is keeping people uiteVan Trell is going to get down to the truth and get justice for her daddyThis book is trying to tell an important story but it s doing it wrongThis book is based on an actual case that author Dick Tell worked on when he was a correspondent for the Boston Globe The reporter character in the book Clemens a broken man is inspired by himself This story about police intimidation and POC crime is I think trying tonlighten the public about the prejudice in law nforcement the way The Hate U Give does only it s not workingFirst of all in turning this into a YA novel it s been dumbed down A lot We spend loads of time having legal and journalism terms xplained to us Clemens likes to use slang which nobody understands then he spends a paragraph Dragon S Babe explaining A friendship is created between two characters that had beennemies as a means to an The Fire Inside Us end the lawyer and the reporter go to a waterpark together to support Trell The dialect we see in the dialogue really bothers me as the POC characters all speak with that sort of stereotypical accents and drop words almost like they re lessducated I was a kid in the 90s living in rural New Hampshire We re a little north of Boston maybe that was common in the Boston boroughs but Trell goes to a prestigious private. Trell is an appealingly gutsy heroine whose belief in her father is strong nough to drag an attorney and a down on his luck journalist into her orbit School Library JournalOn a hot summer night in Boston in the late 1980s a twelve year old African American girl was
free read ¼ Book or Kindle PUB ✓ Dick LehrPpened in the past It was a story you felt not just read Aside from the novel being pretty much unputdownable the story was really current and ripe for its time now Trell short for Van Trell her dad is in prison for killing a young girl But not for one second does Trell believe that her father is actually guilty and neither does the Mom This is what sets the pace for the story and what keeps it goingEvery single part of the story is clearly well thought out perfectly paced and downright gripping It was like watching a really good pisode of your favorite crime show I was glued to its page and the proverbial dge of my seatAlthough I started to put the pieces together there will still parts of it they caught me off guard in a good wayThis is my first time reading this author and I can guarantee with a book like this it will not be my last This book grabbed my attention from the cover as it was amazing and ye catching with the newspapers This book turned out to be based on a true Blacked World event that happened in 1988 in Boston On that fateful night in August a 12 year old girl was sitting on her mailbox talking to her friends when she was shot three times by stray bullets as she was caught up in a gang turf war A 22 year old guy was convicted of the murder but years later it turned out t I won this ARC from Librarything The book s description intrigued me because the setting is near my home town and I also remember the actual case the story was based on Trell is a story based on a real life crime the murder of an African American 12 yr old girl named Darlene Moore who was sitting on a mailbox in Roxbury MA and was caught in the crossfire between rival gangs The case itself made headlines and took years to resolve A man named Shaun Drumgold was wrongly convicted of the crime but was set free some 14 years later due to some media investigation by this author Dick Lehr who was a former Boston Globe reporter This novel is very much patterned after the crime with just a few name changes It was written for a YA audience and in the 1st person from the point of view of a 14 yr old African American girl named Trell the daughter of the wrongly convicted man The idea to narrate the story from a young girl s perspective was good but I noticed several inconsistencies Lehr has the girl depict people andvents in terms no 14 yr old would El Hombre Apocado ever use forxample she describes a few different characters clothing by using the words slacks and blouse People my age don t Target even use those terms for women s clothing I wonder if Lehr did any research in this area it would have been helpful if he d hung around some urban 14 yr olds or read some transcripts from thearly 1980 s to get a realistic sense of people s language use The pacing of the vents was a bit fast as well Lehr had characterized himself in the "story as an old curmudgeon named Clemens Bittner a reclusive reporter who wouldn t answer phone calls "as an old curmudgeon named Clemens Bittner a reclusive reporter who wouldn t answer phone calls worked the graveyard shift It took all of two pages for Trell to befriend Clemens and for him to start confiding in the 14 yr old girl Again unrealistic I m also not sure why Lehr wrote this story in the first place I think it would have made sense to write about the actual case and make it a true crime story instead of a fictionalized version Lehr ven used some names from the actual crime but switched them to different characters So why fiction Why not just keep the details the same Maybe some legal issues I don t know Lehr does say in his author s note in the nd that he wanted to make it appeal to a younger audience I don t know if it will I do think his writing is good and I appreciated his good grammar Overall #It Was An Interesting #was an interesting though I think it would have been better to keep the story real I think I will check out Lehr s book about Whitey Bulger Book Reviewed by Stacey on wwwwhisperingstoriescomFourteen year old Van Trell Taylor Trell has been brought up by her mum Shey on one of Boston s roughest states She sees her father Romero Taylor very Saturday at the state prison where he has been for the last twelve years after he was convicted for shooting dead a young teenage girl called Ruby Graham who was in the wrong
place at the wrong timeRomero had always protested his innocence and convincedat the wrong timeRomero had always protested his innocence and convinced new lawyer Nora Walsh to look at his case Trell was convinced that her daddy was innocent too so helped Nora file an appeal for a retrial However a judge dismissed the chance for a second trial With no where lse to go with their appeal they decided to have a journalist take a look at the case and see what he could uncoverOn the night of Ruby Graham s murder a reporter for the Boston Globe Clemens Bittner was dealing with his own grief the death of his son He was once a top journalist but the grief hit him hard and now he does the night shift and avoids people Trell needs Clemens to help her She knows he s the best reporter and that he will get to the truth With nough badgering he agrees to take a lookTrell with the help of Clemens Nora and her mum realise that her father s case isn t straight forward and it. Rmer reporter for the Boston Globe's famous Spotlight Team who investigated this case for the newspaper now turns the story into a page turning novel about the daughter of an imprisoned man who persuades a reporter and a lawyer to help her prove her father's innocence. School and should be louentThe characters are sort of horribly unrealisticFirst of all there s Van Trell It took me halfway through the first chapter to realize Trell was a girl Then as mentioned above her dialect seemed completely unrealistic to her level of Gobble Till You Wobble Then Gobble Some More education She also has an infuriating magnetism where people are being disagreeable then Trell appears from the shadows and gives them puppyyes now not only are they happy to help but Unexpected Video everyone is best friends WHYThen there s Clemens Of all the voices his should be the most solid since he s the author right Wrong In a matter of pages this guy goes to being an ultimate grump mourning the loss of his son to an upbeatxcited fatherly type who brings a box of donuts to the first meeting and always has a smile It just didn t workPaul and Trell s mother Shey Shey to just about Leaves Of Grass everyone but the prison guard are flat Trell s father the convicted Romero Taylor isn t much better Nora had potential but slid into obscurity after the first 20% or so of the bookNot a fan of this bookIt just frustrated me Lehr s got this great opportunity to talk about BLM and wrongful conviction and instead he turns it into a children s book that doesn t do the story justice He doesn t capture the voice of a 14 yo female POC at all It s all tooasy and too unrealistic to really be captivatingIf I hadn t received this as a free ARC I would have put it down honestly You know the Into The Untravelled Himalaya ending and you just don t care about the journey It s filled with are you serious moments and I m pretty sure that s not how it would go moments This may have been a better story if it was aimed at adults and maybe told by OwnVoices or at least by the author s character since he included himself But it doesn t work I don t think it s offensive but it doesn t work Ugh I go back and forth on this Because the idea is really great of a teenage girl who fights all of the odds to get her wrongfully convicted father out of jail Plus this is based on a true story that Lehr worked on and was inspired BUT WHEN IS THE MOVIE COMING OUTReally this is great Well researched and well crafted with a fully realized Boston setting I really love thatven though it was a white guy and a black girl working together there was no white savior trope Trell really runs the show and drives the action and she does an incredible amount of work while still being believably young and giving the adult man his heroic moments as appropriate It s also always nice when an adult man and a younger girl can have a really positive relationship that has nothing creepy about it Also YA without Judge Dredd even a hint of romance And a black girl who goes to private school And she s my age in that she was born a few months before me in 1988 so this book takes place when I was a teen Win win win I wanted to read this for so long since August 2017 to bexact I had to wait until it was published by Walker UK in 2019 and the title changed from the original Trell I ll call the book by it s original title The story is a fictional account of the murder of Tiffany Moore in Boston in 1988 Shawn Drumgold was wrongly convicted of her shooting death and sentenced to life in prison Reporter Dick Lehr helped free him by investigating the case for newspaper articlesNames of people are changed in the book and Drug Lord extra characters storylines andvents added but it follows the murder of a 12 year old girl and wrongful imprisonment of titular character Trell s father It s a heartbreaking story and so much worse because the vents are trueTrell is the central character a black teenage girl written in first person POV by a white man I only knew it was based #On True Crime Events Before #true crime vents before started reading The I read the this choice of point of view bothered me Lehr was involved in freeing Drumgold and in writing Trell wanted to centre the women in Drumgold s life daughter wife mother and lawyer Thus Trell Taylor is the protagonist and her father Romero Taylor is in prisonLast year I read Hadamar The House of Shudders where a black teenage girl was written first person POV by a white man I disliked it for the same reasons I disliked Lehr s narrative choice I m white so maybe people of colour feel differentlyview spoilerThe book deviated from fact in a storyline of the local druglord terrorizing Trell and journalist Clemens while they investigate the murder It turns out Thumper the dealer murdered the little girl all those years ago and he s arrested at the nd This racheted up the tension with chases and guns held to heads but I felt it was unnecessary At one stage lawyer Nora says they are looking to free Trell s father not find the culprit They proceed to find the culprit Freeing Trell s dad is the point of the
Story And What Happened Inand what happened in life I felt the dealer s storyline detracted from this important theme hide spoiler This book lives up to all it claims to be Gripping and thrilling indeed it was I loved the juxtaposition of the past and the future While the story is told in the now It feels like you re right there with them very time they talked about what ha. Itting on a mailbox talking with her friends when she became the innocent victim of gang related gunfire An immediate manhunt was on to catch the murderer and a young African American man was uickly apprehended charged and wrongly convicted of the crime Dick Lehr a fo.