Honest Truth, The

Dan Gemeinhart
It's never too late for the adventure of a lifetime.In all the ways that matter, Mark is a normal kid. He's got a dog named Beau and a best friend, Jessie. He likes to take photos and write haiku poems in his notebook. He dreams of climbing a mountain one day.But in one important way, Mark is not like other kids at all. Mark is sick. The kind of sick that means hospitals. And treatments. The kind of sick some people never get better from.So Mark runs away. He leaves home with his camera, his notebook, his dog, and a plan. A plan to reach the top of Mount Rainier. Even if it's the last thing he ever does.The Honest Truth is a rare and extraordinary novel about big questions, small moments, and one incredible journey.


Reviewed: 2018-12-06

This book was written as a middle-school reader, but particularly for the second-language learner, it hits the whole spectrum of readers. 

A theme throughout is death and dying and who gets to decide how and when we shuffle off this mortal coil. Places like my home State of Oregon have legalized doctor-assisted suicide for adults, but what about terminal children. To what extent might this be a right for all people, children included?

What I like ...

1. The protagonist likes haiku, as it is a way to encourage poetry. This world needs more poetry. 

2. The setting is in Cascadia (the Pacific Northwest); reading it reminded me of home.

3. The dog is not anthropomorphized rather is a believable and engaging dog. 

This is my first "review" here on Libib. Don't expect plot giveaways, rather I will be sharing what thoughts reading the particular book prompted.  Also, expect that I will include a link for my library project on my review for any book for which I hope to receive as a donation.

Biblioteca Inglesa (English Library) de Fortin de las Flores, Veracruz, Mexico


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