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With action galore and a carefully plotted premise, this adventure  tale about a boy who is tired of all the fawning over he gets because of his leukemia, will have you turning the pages so fast, you just want to know how this great story ends.  Friendship, family, & the true nature of a dog's love for his master this is a masterful debut.  

— Maureen Palacios

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The debut of a phenomenal new middle-grade talent.



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 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 the incredible journey of the human spirit.

About the Author


Dan Gemeinhart is a teacher-librarian and father of three daughters. He lives with his family in Cashmere, Washington. The Honest Truth is his first book. www.dangemeinhart.com


Product Details
ISBN: 9780545665735
ISBN-10: 0545665736
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: January 27th, 2015
Pages: 240
Language: English

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