Thursday, February 11, 2016

Book Review: The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart

Are you looking for a great realistic fiction read, or are your students ready to try something similar to a realistic fiction favorite like After Ever After or Runaway Twin? Dan Gemeinhart's debut novel The Honest Truth could be yours--or your students'--next read!

Mark is a regular kid in every way: he has a loyal dog that he loves, he enjoys the unwavering friendship of classmate, and he dreams of achieving great things. What makes Mark different is his cancer diagnosis, and it's back after he was in remission. With his recent relapse, Mark decides it's time to leave home with his dog and strike out on his quest to climb Mt. Ranier. His friend Jess knows of his dream, but will she reveal his destination and plans if it means breaking a promise? Or will she remain quiet, knowing that Mark could be in danger?

The story is told in alternating chapters--Mark's perspective, then Jess's and his parents' perspectives. The action includes elements of danger and adventure as Mark deceives those around him to travel the 200+ miles to Mt. Ranier. And for fans of books that feature the relationship between a human and his pet, this book won't disappoint. Reluctant readers, especially, will find themselves eager to learn if Mark's journey ends successfully.