This week I’m celebrating The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart.
It was our recent Family Book Club pick.
We started off sharing some of our favorite poems including ones from Shel Silverstein and Michael Rosen. One of the book clubbers recommended Sharon Creech’s Love That Dog– a novel told in verse- that I immediately sought out and read. (My review of that book will be part of my IMWAYR post.)
This will definitely be a book people will be talking about this year.
It’s an adventure story between a boy and his dog.
It’s a friendship story between the boy and a girl and deciding how far one should keep a secret.
It’s a story about a boy with cancer who runs away from home and decides to climb Mount Rainier. While death casts its shadow over the entire narrative, this is ultimately a life-affirming story.
Maybe if I were an animal lover, I would have had a stronger emotional connection. I did appreciate the use of haikus throughout.
Honestly, I wasn’t that much of a novel when I first read it. I think it was because it was so hyped up to me. But, talking about it with others and getting their perspectives, I appreciate the book more.
It was hard to talk about this without getting emotional because of the subject matter. This is a great book for discussion because it tackles big questions that invites people to think what they would do in the characters’ situations.
We can’t wait to meet Dan Gemeinhart when he comes to the store later this month!
My Audio/Video Pick of the Week is the lyric video for Mariah Carey’s new song, Infinity. I’ll be seeing her concert in Vegas on May 13th and I can’t wait!
What are you celebrating this week?