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3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  99 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
Trudy's having a hard time at school: math class isn't going well, and her best friend, the one she pinky-swore she would always be friends with, has found a new group to hang out with. To top things off, her parents are old — really old — and while she loves them with all her heart, she dislikes it when other people mistake them for her grandparents. When Trudy's father s ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published August 25th 2005 by Milkweed Editions (first published August 24th 2005)
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Laura Petto
Jan 02, 2008 Laura Petto rated it really liked it
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Trudy is a miracle baby to her parents Ma and Pop, who had her at when Ma was 53 and Pop was 62. Now, Trudy’s parents are often called her grandparents. Her favorite teacher, Ms. Gwen, even makes the mistake. Math class only adds to the stress of her life, there seems to be no way to understand it. Just when Trudy makes her first friend, everything turns around. Pop starts to forget to pick Trudy up at school, and puts all the Christmas gifts behind the couch. Ma and Trudy can only avoid the tru ...more
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Oct 05, 2013 Ardea Smith rated it it was amazing
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Title / Author / Publication Date: Trudy/Jessica Lee Anderson/2005

Genre: Fiction

Format: Hardcover

Plot summary: Trudy is the 2005 winner of the Milkweed Prize for Children’s Literature, dedicated to introducing “young readers to memorable characters struggling with the kinds of difficult decisions that young people of any era must face.” The book does just that, telling the story of a young girl named Trudy who was born to her mother late in life, at age 53. Often, Trudy’s parents are mistaken fo
Katherine (
This book is a great read for middle schoolers, as they will find it very relatable and it will resonate with them for a long time.

Trudy stars a young girl named Trudy. Her life is anything but ordinary- as she faces the difficulties of losing her friends and transitioning from elementary school to middle school, there is something that is somehow making it all worse: her parents. Ma and Pa are into their late 60’s and 70’s, and Trudy hates how people assume they are her grandparents. Trudy neve
Mar 16, 2014 Aubrey rated it really liked it
Trudy, a touching novel written by Jessica Lee Anderson, tells the story of a young middle school girl who faces the challenges of her parents getting older. When she was born, her parents were already in their fifties, and were not expecting to have a child at their age. As she begins a new grade, she faces the challenges of making new friends and watching as her parents grow older each and every day.

As soon as I picked up this book, I couldn't stop reading. I was instantly enveloped into the s
Mar 26, 2009 Tracy rated it liked it
Gertrude (Trudy) White encounters the typical middle school emotional roller coaster of cliques, boys, and grades. However, unlike most girls her age, Trudy's parents are in their late 60s and early 70s and much older than other parents at school. This seems to have little affect on Trudy until it becomes apparent that something is wrong with Pop: he's more and more forgetful, very sleepy, and he says odd things, sometimes repeatedly. Pop's Alzheimer's disease changes him -- amid all the huge ch ...more
Sep 19, 2009 Mia rated it liked it
Trudy's life is, complicated. She is just getting into middle school and has to adjust to life with lockers and schedules. Also her former bff has decide not to hang out with Trudy any more. Not only this but her parents are starting to act weirder then normal, but of course Trudy knows why. When most people were thinking about what they would do after retirement Trudy's parents were thinking about what color to paint the nursery walls, and Trudy is unfortunately aware of the age thing. Every wh ...more
K.A. Okagaki
Feb 24, 2010 K.A. Okagaki rated it liked it
Trudy is about a middle-school aged girl with elderly parents; her father is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. The book is refreshingly different from your typical MG contemporary fiction. The characters aren't snarky, the middle school drama is small yet desperately important and real, and the overall story is told with a quiet restraint. I have a great admiration for Milkweed press and the fine literary fiction they publish. Trudy is the type of MG book that will resonate with young readers ...more
Feb 08, 2010 Amy rated it really liked it
A touching story about a young girl with aging parents. Transitions are occurring in all facets of Trudy's life. From bras to dad's dementia, she is quickly learning what is important in life. Anderson's writing lacks a bit of style but she seems to capture middle school angst quite well. Looking forward to our book club discussion!
Feb 05, 2009 Rene rated it liked it
Fast paced story of a girl with elderly parents. Dad is coming down with Alzheimer's Disease and Trudy doesn't know how to deal. The book is short and sweet, but nothing is really solved by the end of the book. Mom and dad are still old and Trudy just needs to live with it. This was an okay book.
Dec 17, 2008 Cheryl rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
12-year old Trudy’s parents are old enough to be mistaken for grandparents. When Pop gets forgetful, it looks like things are going to change. The love of family and friends helps them face his illness. It was okay, the two page chapters too jumpy for me
Jan 03, 2010 Janssen rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, 2010
Not really my favorite, but sweet and a quick read.
Jun 14, 2009 Anna rated it it was ok
It didn't have a complete storyline. Things happened, but I didn't know why.It felt like it wasn't fully edited.I couldn't connect with it
Nov 06, 2012 Kimberly rated it liked it
I enjoyed the story only slightly and feel my students would enjoy even less. Overall sad book with little hope for characters.
Oct 16, 2009 P.J. rated it it was amazing
book 64 for 2009
Jun 22, 2012 Quinn rated it really liked it
A touching middle grade novel of family and loss, Trudy will take you on the up-and-down life of a teenage girl.
Addie Van wieren
Dec 04, 2012 Addie Van wieren rated it really liked it
It was sad but good.
May 27, 2015 Lugosifan rated it really liked it
3.9/5 stars
Apr 17, 2016 Amanda rated it really liked it
Intense book. Not a favorite. Sad, emotional, and informative.
No plot; no clear setting in time; so many little details that were confusing and unnecessary. Makes me wonder about the publisher.
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I was born in Phoenix, Arizona, although my family didn't stay there long.

My father served in the Air Force and we soon moved to Texas. Honolulu,
Hawaii was our most exotic station. I'll never forget the excitement of
winning a hula competition. Those who know me now would never guess I
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