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, c2015
ISBN: 9780545665735
Branch Call Number: J FIC GEM
Characteristics: 229 p. ;,22 cm.

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Twelve-year-old Mark's cancer has returned and rather than undergo more treatment, Mark decides to run away from home with his dog Beau and travel 200 miles to climb Mt Ranier. Meanwhile his best friend Jessie, who knows Mark's plans, is left at home and cannot decide whether or not to tell Mark'... Read More »


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BLAIR NIELSON
Feb 17, 2017

When we were reading this in my primary school class, I cried because of the strong relationship between the boy and his dog is so strong and I can relate to that, so when the dog get's into life threatening trouble with the boy while trying to help him achieve his life goal before he possibly dies from cancer. It is the only book that has made me cry. So is Forest Gump but that ain't a book sadly.
The boy tries to climb a mountain, but the way he does it is by running away to climb his dream mountain. The situations he and his family go through would be possibly one of the worst things to ever happen to a family.
The book also has 2 perspectives. One is the boy, and the other is a girl, his best friend. She would describe her times with him, and realising that that is gone now, and that he could die doing what he loved and dreamed of doing made me was only one reason of why is made me cry. Writing this is making me cry. I think I cry easily. She would also describe what the family are doing at the time.

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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.

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jmli
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!

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kt97
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!

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libraryjul
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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jfournier
Jul 06, 2015

The Honest Truth is a heart warming, inspiring, sad story. Really good book!

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muffinpopcorn
Jun 21, 2015

Best book I've read in a long time . So good and yet sad . Couldn't put it down till I finished it .Wish the Author would write a sequel to this first novel of his. This first one is excellent !

LoganLib_Sophie May 07, 2015

Almost finished this and I don't want to finish the last chapter because I know I'm going to be sad. Interesting read from the perspectives of Mark and his best friend Jessie.

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Feb 27, 2015

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blue_horse_4436
Oct 16, 2017

blue_horse_4436 thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over

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azulexe
Oct 01, 2016

azulexe thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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jmli
Jul 10, 2016

jmli thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

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red_cat_1581 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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kt97
Apr 17, 2016

kt97 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 13

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libraryjul
Jul 15, 2015

libraryjul thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

WVMLlibrarianShannon May 19, 2015

WVMLlibrarianShannon thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

LoganLib_Sophie May 07, 2015

LoganLib_Sophie thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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jmli
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.”

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kt97
Apr 17, 2016

WARNING!THIS QUOTE IS A SPOILER! PLEASE DO NOT REPORT AS THERE IS A WARNING. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED:
"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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jmli
Aug 13, 2016

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

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