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author: Dick Lehr

On a hot summer night in the late 1980s, in the Boston neighborhood of Roxbury, a fourteen-year-old African-American girl was sitting on a mailbox talking with her friends when she became the innocent victim of gang-related gunfire. Amid public outcry, an immediate manhunt was on to catch the murderer, and a young African-American man was quickly apprehended, charged, and — wrongly — convicted of the crime. Dick Lehr, a former reporter for the Boston Globe’s famous Spotlight Team who worked on this story three decades ago, brings the case to light once more with Trell, a page-turning novel about the daughter of the imprisoned man, who persuades a reporter and a lawyer to help her prove her father’s innocence. What pieces of evidence might have been overlooked? Can they manage to get to the truth before a dangerous character from the neighborhood gets to them?

From the co-author of Black Mass comes a gripping YA novel based on the true story of a teenage girl’s murder — and a young father’s false imprisonment for the crime.
suggested retail price (U.S./CAN):
$8.99 / $21.99
0763697710 /  9780763697716
on sale date:
Young Adult Novel / EBook
age range:
12 yrs and up
# of pages/size:
320 / N/A
grade range:
Grade 7 and up
Careers, Occupations, Internships; Family; Law & Crime;
author’s comments:
Dick Lehr is the author of Black Mass, a New York Times bestseller about mafia crime boss Whitey Bulger co-authored with Gerard O’Neill and made into a film starring Johnny Depp. His most recent book is The Birth of a Nation, which Booklist deemed in a starred review “a remarkable look at the power of mass media and the nascent civil rights movement at a pivotal time in American history.” Dick Lehr is a former reporter for the Boston Globe and now teaches journalism at Boston University. He lives near Boston, Massachusetts.
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