The Honest Truth

Book review by Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 11+

Boy with cancer runs away to climb mountain in moving tale.

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 12 reviews

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age 11+

Very emotional and multiple heavy themes

This is a well written suspenseful book about serious topics for kids. The boy is trying to commit suicide by climbing a mountain alone in a storm. It is subtle, not overt and one of my 9 year olds picked up on it and the other one didn’t. One thought the boy was just trying to keep his promise to his grandfather, who had passed away. Also, I believe the boy dies at the end, but again it is subtle, so neither of the kids seemed to notice this. There are a couple of mentions of divorced parents, one child is mad at her father about the divorce, no details given, and the friend Jess’s mom drinks a bottle of wine every night after her husband leaves. The book was very emotionally wrenching for me, especially a part about a man discussing his son who died overseas in the war while giving Mark a ride. My child asked why do you need to be worried when a child leaves to go to war overseas? Much of the gravity might go over their heads, but be ready to discuss the multiple heavy themes in case they want to talk about them.
age 11+

An amazing book

Great book gives hope and tells of really realistic events that can happen.

Book Details

  • Author: Dan Gemeinhart
  • Genre: Adventure
  • Topics: Friendship
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publication date: January 23, 2015
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 8 - 12
  • Number of pages: 240
  • Available on: Paperback, Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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