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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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A bold new voice in children's fiction debuts with this story of a boy, his dog, and the mountains they face together.

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.

About the Author


Dan Gemeinhart is a teacher-librarian and father of three daughters. His debut novel, The Honest Truth, was a New York Times Editors' Choice selection, an Amazon.com Best Book of the Month, and an Indie Next List pick. His follow-up, Some Kind of Courage, was met with critical acclaim, garnering two starred reviews. Dan lives with his family in Cashmere, Washington. Visit him at dangemeinhart.com.

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Praise for The Honest Truth:

An Amazon.com Best Book of the Month (February)
A Kids' Indie Next Pick (Winter '14-'15)

*"An emotionally hard-hitting survival story... a gripping page-turner." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

"A heartbreaking, moving novel that makes you want to embrace the boy at its center and hold him close." -- Holly Goldberg Sloan, New York Times bestselling author of Counting by 7s

"Debut author Gemeinhart has pulled off an impressive combination of suspenseful adventure thriller and cancer narrative... Touching but unsentimental, this is a deeply moving adventure." -- Booklist

"Gemeinhart presents a rousingly riveting two-hanky read." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Writer/librarian Dan Gemeinhart has taken great care to craft a believable and poignant tale of steely resolve and undying friendship. Reluctant readers will especially enjoy the forward-moving adventure, and dog lovers will be thrilled with this truly magnificent tale of "boy loves dog" (and vice versa)... an outstanding debut novel." -- Bookpage

"Gemeinhart... has crafted an extraordinary story about savoring life and exploring the meanings of strength." -- Alaska Airlines Magazine


Product Details
ISBN: 9780545665742
ISBN-10: 0545665744
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: December 29th, 2015
Pages: 240
Language: English

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I had such a BLAST with this book. This book is an oral history of a hugely-popular fictional rock band from the 70s--which, by the end of the book, you can hardly believe isn't a real band!! This book is so darn comfortable to sink into, and it’s so weirdly entertaining to watch this band have all of its meltdowns and successes, all its failures and triumphs. You get to know each of these characters and their quirks so well that by the time Daisy Jones and the Six are performing onstage, you feel like you're right there in the audience as a fan. You get to be part of all the moments that make a rock band go down in history… What a blast!!

Truly, the only problem I have with this book is that there isn't a Daisy Jones and the Six album to listen to along with it.....

(Adult Fiction) - reviewed by Isabel