The Honest Truth

The Honest Truth

Book - 2015
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A boy named Mark, tired of being sick with cancer, conceives a plan to climb Mount Rainier, and runs away from home with his dog, Beau--but with over two hundred miles between him and his goal, and only anger at his situation to drive him on nothing will be easy, and only his best friend, Jessie, suspects where he is heading.
Publisher: New York :, Scholastic Press,, 2015
Edition: First edition
Description: 229 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9780545665735
Branch Call Number: j Geme


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Jan 30, 2020

As a 30-something, I am aware that this book is written for young adults, but Gemeinhart has the ability to transcend age in order to envelop readers into the life and emotions of the protagonist Mark and his loyal pup Beau. The plot follows an irresistible premise of a young, dying boy in his attempts to climb a treacherous mountain in order to fulfill a promise that he made to himself and his grandfather. Interspersed between chaotic and defeating events, Mark is met by fascinating characters that change the trajectory not only of his quest, but of his life.

Dec 15, 2019

Hands. Down. Best. Book. Ever.
I read this back in May and boy was it good! Im usually really picky with reading books and cant ever find something i liked, but this is different. The Honest Truth was a real page turner, and ii couldnt sttop reading it in class (even got yelled by the teacher)! I recommened this book. Its a real good story great for preteens (in terms of storyline at least).

Oct 11, 2019

Wow. Dan really knows how to put a good story into words. It super heart felt. I even got to meet him in person at barnes and nobles once.

DPLjulie Feb 13, 2019

A boy with cancer, a wonderful friend, the best kind of dog, and a quest. A wondrously hopeful heartbreak of a book.

Aug 18, 2018

Mark. Mark is a special seemed to be normal kid. Except one thing. He’s just a bit sick. Mark always dreams of climbing a mountain one day and one day he decides to adventure and make his dream into a reality. Even though Mark is pretty sick where he needs treatments and to be in hospitals, he wants to be a normal kid and adventure. Mark runs away from home and bring his adventurous dog, beau with him everywhere. This might be the last thing he does and he’s ok with that. The honest truth is inspiring and tell everyone that no matter how weak, small, big, or strong you are, all you have to do is believe in yourself and amazing things will come true. Mark shows the world what people can do no matter who they are. This book is inspirational and breathtaking and I 100% recommend this book to everyone even younger children 8 and above. @smallstories of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Jul 16, 2018

The honest truth was a really sad book but was really good I really liked this book. I can't belive this story actually was so important and meaningful. And it was really good.

PCCLD_TAB_Teens Oct 18, 2016

This was a great book. It kept me entertained, constantly wanting to pick it up until I finished it. The storyline was unique, something I've never read before. The switch between perspectives in chapters also caught my interest. This book was really great, and I would definitely recommend it to others.

Jul 10, 2016

This book is a massive emotional rollercoaster. Definitely deserves a good rating!!! There's sadness, but it's incredibly heart-warming and inspirational. It speaks of the importance of friendship and connection with other people, and how love can fully impact someone (especially Jessie and Beau's loyalty to Mark). The perspective changes between Jessie and Mark really worked for me, and the linkage they have together is indescribable. The usage of haikus and Mark taking pictures connects everything together, making it an enjoyable read for me. The final chapter tied things together and was a satisfying end in my opinion. One little thing about the story is that the way the children acted for their age wasn't the most reasonable from my point of view. They held very, very mature thoughts on life, making the theme of the story for slightly older young readers. The imagery is really good though. Couldn't put this book down!

Apr 17, 2016

This is one of my favourite books ever! It is very sad but a wonderful story which gives you insight about how unlucky some people's lives can be and how that can make you determined. I defiantly recommend this book!

Jul 15, 2015

This is a heart-wrenching book that will have you on the edge of your seat the whole time. This is a mysterious book, with details about the characters and Mark's journey slowly revealed along the way. I think it is suitable for ages 10 and up, but different age groups will understand the story, theme and morales differently. I finished it in 3 hours straight, I could not put it down!

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Jul 10, 2016

These two were really memorable for me:

1. “He's given me that silver pocket watch and I'd carried it everywhere. I'd loved it--until things got worse and its ticking sounded more like dark footsteps coming up behind me. I loved the watch until I started hating time. And how it ran out.”

2. “Across far, dark miles a friend can still hold your hand and be there with you.”

And finally, here's one of Mark's haikus:

“All the world is dark.
But together we build light;
Shared, it keeps us warm.”

Apr 17, 2016

"There's more than one kind of truth. There's the truth that you can measure, the truth on maps and charts and in books of facts. And maybe in that kind of truth, Mark didn't reach the top. Maybe he didn't even come close. Maybe in that kind of truth he got lost and wandered off the trail and didn't come anywhere close to the top of anything. But in the other kind of truth, the kind of truth you feel in a deeper place, in that kind of truth the map's don't matter. In that kind of truth the skinny, bald kid with the disease eating away at him and the little brown dog with one brown eye and one green eye made it farther than they ever should have. They made it farther than minds and maps could measure, but not farther than hearts could imagine. In that kind of truth Mark totally made it. He made it to the top of every mountain."


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Aug 13, 2016

A boy with cancer embarks on a journey to climb Mt. Rainier.


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