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.
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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From THE HONEST TRUTH:The mountain was calling me. I had to run away. I had to.And I didn't need anyone to go with me. I tightened the straps on my backpack and held the front screen door open with my foot. "Come on, Beau!" I called, and my voice didn't shake one bit. It was strong. Like me.Beau came rocketing out the door, his tail slapping my legs. He danced on his front paws on the porch, his mismatched eyes smiling up at me, his tongue hanging out happy. I bent down and scratched him behind his ears the way he loved, the way only I knew how to do. "You're always ready for a walk, aren't you, buddy?" He panted out a yes."Well," I said, grabbing the handles of my duffel bag and standing up. "You're in for a doozy." I looked out to the horizon, to the white-topped mountains in the distance. "The biggest walk of all. That's the truth."