See new sights. Hear new sounds. Think new thoughts.  

New York Times Best Children’s book of 2019
An NPR Favorite Book of 2019
Kirkus Reviews Best Picture Book of 2019
A School Library Journal Best Picture Book of 2019
A Parent’s Choice Gold Award Winner
A Charlotte Zolotow Honor Book
A Junior Library Guild Selection
Winner of the Colorado Book Award

Truman the tortoise lives with his Sarah, high above the taxis and the trash trucks and the number eleven bus, which travels south. He never worries about the world below…until one day, when Sarah straps on a big backpack and does something Truman has never seen before. She boards the bus!

Truman waits for her to return.
He waits.
And waits.
And waits.
And when he can wait no longer, he knows what he must do.

Even if it seems…impossible!  

Picture Book, Ages 4-8, Atheneum Books for Young Readers 7/2019
ISBN 9781534416642 (Hardcover)


“An enchanting tale of bravery, heroism and undying devotion.”

New York Times Best Books of 2019

 “A heartwarming tale of devotion that will be enjoyed by children and their adults.”

School Library Journal STARRED Review and Best Books of 2019

“Peaceful and pensive like Truman himself, this book charms; there’s just something uplifting and wonderful about the whole package.”

Kirkus STARRED review and Best Books of 2019

“A gentle adventure that playfully shows you don’t have to go very far (or move very fast) to have an extraordinary journey.”

Minh Lê, author of Lift and Green Lantern: Legacy for NPR Book Concierge, Favorite Books of 2019

“[U]tterly heartwarming story of a tortoise and his girl, Sarah … Cummins has rendered in Truman a character so indisputably adorable that, coupled with Reidy’s soulful characterization, he will have readers of all ages falling in love.”


“Observational humor, clear affection between Truman and Sarah, and bold adventure make this a memorable pet-owner love story.”

Publishers Weekly

“This little creature has big courage, something to which small humans can relate.”

Horn Book

“Truman’s seemingly small accomplishment will give readers and viewers cause to celebrate and appreciate the things they achieve every day, no matter the size.”

Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

TRUMAN is the kind of book that can be read in classrooms over and over again … simply a beautiful book that I recommend to teachers, parents, writers, and readers. Basically, everyone.”

Rosanne L. Kurstedt, Ph.D. for Nerdy Book Club

“A charming story about first experiences, being brave, and the love between a child and her pet.”

Literacy on the Mind

“The vast, scary world hits in a way young readers will sympathize with…and Truman is the perfect character to take it on.”

Bookworm for Kids

” A delightful book about a sweet friendship and a creative, brave friend who is determined to find his Sarah.

Geo Librarian

“I loved this story from start to finish and it is an absolute delight to read. You will love Truman and his bravery and devotion.”

Lost in a Good Book
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