The Honest Truth by Dan GemeinhartThe Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart

The Honest Truth

byDan Gemeinhart

Paperback | December 29, 2015

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A story of a boy, his dog, and the mountains they face together.

In all the ways that matter, Mark is a normal kid. He's got a dog named Beau and a best friend, Jessie. He likes to take photos and write haiku poems in his notebook. He dreams of climbing a mountain one day.

But in one important way, Mark is not like other kids at all. Mark is sick. The kind of sick that means hospitals. And treatments. The kind of sick some people never get better from.

So Mark runs away. He leaves home with his camera, his notebook, his dog, and a plan. A plan to reach the top of Mount Rainier. Even if it's the last thing he ever does.

The Honest Truth is a rare and extraordinary novel about big questions, small moments, and one incredible journey.

p>Dan Gemeinhart is a teacher-librarian and father of three daughters. He lives with his family in Cashmere, Washington. The Honest Truth is his first book. Visit him at
Title:The Honest TruthFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 7.57 × 5.26 × 0.56 inPublished:December 29, 2015Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0545665744

ISBN - 13:9780545665742


Rated 3 out of 5 by from A bit unbelievable but still good Mark has a best friend named Jessie, a dog named Beau, and a notebook full of haiku poems he’s written. He also has a big dream: to climb Mount Rainier. But Mark is sick and he doesn’t know if he’ll get the chance to fulfill his dream. He runs away, taking Beau with him, and sets out to reach the mountain and climb it, even if it’s that last thing he ever gets to do. This book ended up being a surprisingly fast read even with the heavier subject matter. The writing was light and easy to read and I enjoyed the back and forth between Mark’s POV and the half-chapters of Jessie’s POV. Mark was a character who I could understand his motivations even though I disagreed with them and his methods. He had very good reasons for wanting to climb that mountain but he caused a lot of worry and panic for everyone. His emotions were all over the place through his journey but two things stayed firm the whole time: his determination to climb that mountain and his bond with his dog. Beau wasn’t able to speak but he was an important character. He was beside Mark the whole journey, protecting him, encouraging him, just being there for him. It was such a nice bond between them. Things did end up being a little repetitive in some parts. Jessie’s POVs during the half-chapters was her struggling to keep Mark’s secret. Should she tell or should she stay quiet? Also all the adults Mark managed to trick by sneaking Beau passed them. The journey to the mountain was in no way easy but how easily he avoided people asking too many questions and tricking the police was maybe a little too good to be true. The book didn’t move me as much as I’d hoped or expected. Maybe if it had just been focused on Mark’s journey it would have been different but it wasn’t just his life he was risking, there was Beau too. And the parts with Jessie’s POV showed how worried she, Mark’s parents, and everyone in their town was about Mark’s disappearance. I could understand him being tired of being that poor, sick kid in everyone’s eyes but was it really worth putting the people who loved him through all that? It was a short book, not even 250 pages, so it left little room for a lot of development. There were also some loose ends that weren’t tied up, though I did like the ones that were left up in the air. Overall, it was a decent read and easy to read in an afternoon.
Date published: 2015-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Honest Truth The Honest Truth lets you fall in love with friendships and reminds you of how a dog can be the most trustworthy pal you'll ever meet. Dan Gemeinhart brings you on an adventure that will wet your ey
Date published: 2015-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautifully told! An important story to share, told respectfully and in a language that is both age appropriate (8-12) and engaging. I will be passing on the praise for this exceptional read!
Date published: 2014-11-21

Editorial Reviews

Praise for The Honest Truth An Best Book of the Month (February)A Kids' Indie Next Pick (Winter '14-'15)*"An emotionally hard-hitting survival story... a gripping page-turner." -Publishers Weekly, starred review" A heartbreaking, moving novel that makes you want to embrace the boy at its center and hold him close." - Holly Goldberg Sloan, New York Times bestselling author of Counting by 7s " Debut author Gemeinhart has pulled off an impressive combination of suspenseful adventure thriller and cancer narrative... Touching but unsentimental, this is a deeply moving adventure." -Booklist"Gemeinhart presents a rousingly riveting two-hanky read." -Kirkus Reviews" Writer/librarian Dan Gemeinhart has taken great care to craft a believable and poignant tale of steely resolve and undying friendship. Reluctant readers will especially enjoy the forward-moving adventure, and dog lovers will be thrilled with this truly magnificent tale of "boy loves dog" (and vice versa)... an outstanding debut novel." -Bookpage" Gemeinhart... has crafted an extraordinary story about savoring life and exploring the meanings of strength." -Alaska Airlines Magazine