Hi, I’m Don P.

Don P. Hooper is a writer and filmmaker of Jamaican heritage (and a programmer in a former life). His short story “Got Me a Jet Pack” is part of the New York Times bestselling anthology Black Boy Joy. His directing work has been featured in the Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival, the New York Television Film Festival (award winner), the New York City Horror Film Festival, the New Jersey Horror Con and Film Festival (award winner), and more. He does voice-over in video games and documentaries. True True is his debut novel.

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The Children’s Book Committee named TRUE TRUE one of the Best Books of the Year 2024 Edition

Black Caucus of the American Library Association named TRUE TRUE one of the Best of the Best books of 2023

More praise for True True:

★ “In this compassionate debut, a love letter to Brooklyn and Caribbean culture, Hooper paints an organic portrait of a Black teenager who feels caught between two different worlds. Gil’s determination to lift up his peers often results in him disregarding his own needs and wants; through his earnest first-person POV and natural-feeling prose, Hooper presents valuable lessons on the healing power of community, forgiveness, and sharing one’s truth.” —Publisher’s Weekly, starred review

“Immersive and captivating, True True is an unflinchingly honest letter to culture, social injustices, community, and the limitless power of one’s voice. A riveting page-turner! Do yourself a favor—read this book!” —Julian Winters, bestselling and award-winning author of Right Where I Left You

★ “BIPOC youth will find resonance here; privileged audiences, perhaps, need this most of all.” —School Library Journal, starred review of Audio Book


In this powerful YA debut, a Black teen from Brooklyn struggles to fit in at his almost entirely-white Manhattan prep school, resulting in a fight and a plan for vengeance.

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