Truth with a Capital T

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Random House Children's Books, Oct 12, 2010 - Juvenile Fiction - 256 pages
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Lots of families have secrets. Little-Known Fact: My family has an antebellum house with a locked wing—and I’ve got a secret of my own.
 
I thought getting kicked out of the Gifted & Talented program—or not being “pegged,” as Mama said—­was the worst thing that could happen to me. W-r-o-n-g, wrong.
I arrived in Tweedle, Georgia, to spend the summer with Granny and Gramps, only to find no sign of them. When they finally showed up, Cousin Isaac was there too, with his trumpet in hand, and I found myself having to pretend to be thrilled about watching my musical family rehearse for the town's Anniversary Spectacular. It was h-a-r-d, hard. Meanwhile, I, Maebelle T.-for-No-Talent Earl, set out to win a blue ribbon with an old family recipe.
But what was harder and even more wrong than any of that was breaking into the locked wing of my grandparents’ house, trying to learn the Truth with a capital T about Josiah T. Eberlee, my long-gone-but-not-forgotten relation. To succeed, I couldn't be a solo act. I’d need my new friends, a basset hound named Cotton, the strength of my entire family, and a little help from a secret code.
 
With grace and humor and a heaping helping of little-known facts, Bethany Hegedus incorporates the passions of the North and the South and bridges the past and the present in this story about one summer in the life of a sassy Southern girl and her trumpet-playing adopted Northern cousin.


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Maybelle T. Earl is spending the summer with her eccentric show-business grandparents in a small Southern town where they have retired, moving into an ancient plantation house that her Grandfather ... Read full review

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Sharing her Tweedle, Ga., grandparents with her newly adopted and only slightly younger Northern—and African-American—cousin is not what Caucasian narrator Maebelle had in mind for her summer. She's ... Read full review

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Bethany Hegedus has spent time above and below the Mason-Dixon Line. While she currently makes her home in Austin, Texas, she spent her formative years in Georgia and Illinois. Bethany cares deeply for children, having once been a high school teacher and youth advocate. She holds an MFA in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. This is her second children’s book. Please visit her at www.bethanyhegedus.com.


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