Henry Smith has been taught all his life to avoid trouble. As his father said "If you build your house far enough away from Trouble, then Trouble will never find you." But trouble finds Henry when his older brother is hit by a pickup truck. A young Cambodian from his brother's school takes responsibility for the accident, adding to the racial tension in the school and the town. "Tautly constructed, metaphorically rich, emotionally gripping and seductively told ." -Publishers Weekly
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by Gary D. Schmidt
by Gary Soto
by James D. Tabor, Simcha Jacobovici
by David D. Hall
by Mark Landler
"Teenaged Henry's trouble-free existence is shattered when his brother, Franklin, is hit and killed by a car driven by Cambodian refugee Chay Chouan, who is Henry's schoolmate. In his grief Henry decides to head to Mt. Katahdin, in Maine, which he and Franklin had planned to climb together. With a rescued dog and his best friend, Sanborn, Henry sets off to come to terms with what has happened. Jason Culp does a stunning job creating the troika of characters. Henry is trying to make peace with the world. Sanborn, a sardonic rich kid, is fiercely loyal to Henry. Chay, the refugee, is a little too noble to ring true, but his accent and emotions are entirely believable. Culp's timing and tone brighten the humor and darken the grief. A.B. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine"
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