Schmidt, Gary D.: Trouble.

Author:Larsen, Ashleigh
Position:Young adult review - Brief article - Book review

SCHMIDT, Gary D. Trouble. Houghton Mifflin, Clarion. 336p. c2008. 978-0-618-92766-1. $16.00. JS *

Henry Smith thought Trouble would never find him and his family, as they snuggled into their New England coastal mansion. Somehow, unexpectedly, Trouble creeps into his life. One minute Henry is enjoying his family and the next minute his family is ripped apart by the devastating news that Henry's older brother was hit by a car; he dies. The grief is compounded by Henry's anger at his brother's last words, an implied challenge when he told Henry that Henry would never make it up Mt. Katahdin, the cliff-like mountain they were to climb together that summer. Frustration fuels Henry to take his dog and his best friend and hitchhike to Maine. The story twists and turns as these three travelers encounter wild adventures on their way to the mountain. A friendship and level of trust flower among unexpected people, and everyone is left wanting to know what...

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