Sunday, July 1, 2012

The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen by Susin Nielsen

Henry and his father are forced to pack up and move to a new city after Henry's brother commits an unspeakable crime. Grief stricken, lonely and confused, Henry is forced into therapy and given a journal which he (reluctantly) begins to write in. Through Henry's journal the story of what happened slowly unfolds. Henry is a responsible but confused young teen with an authentic and, at times, wryly humorous voice. This book beautifully blends drama and humor in a thoughtful and achingly poignant way. The cast of quirky characters charmed me and I missed Henry as soon as I finished the book. Beautifully done! Suggested for kids ages 12 & up. Review copy provided by Netgalley; Published by Tundra Books, September 11, 2012.

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