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The Honest Truth

The Honest Truth

By Dan Gemeinhart

Booklist (December 15, 2014 (Vol. 111, No. 8))
Grades 4-6. Twelve-year-old Mark has been living with cancer since he was five, and, when faced with the news that his cancer has recurred again, he decides to put a long-held fantasy into action. He runs away to climb Mount Rainer with his dog, Beau. Mark is physically weak and nauseous with blinding headaches, yet he manages to begin his climb just as a dangerous snowstorm starts, while his best friend Jessie, the keeper of his secrets, is left behind wondering what is the right thing to do. Debut author Gemeinhart has pulled off an impressive combination of suspenseful adventure thriller and cancer narrative. Chapters alternate between Mark’s and Jessie’s perspectives in straightforward language. Mark’s journey is born from despair, and the novel doesn’t shy away from the implication of his dangerous choice or its impact on the family and friends he is leaving behind. Jessie’s struggle, meanwhile, is just as compelling. Touching but unsentimental, this is a deeply moving adventure.




 

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