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Henry, 13, is in therapy, hence this journal. So, fine, he will write all about how his mom is in a psych ward, how his dad is floundering without her, their weird new neighbours, and, oh yeah, the reason they moved in the first place. It's been less than a year since Henry's older brother, Jesse, buckled beneath the pressure of bullying and did the unspeakable "IT." No, they don't speak of it. Instead, Henry focuses on his dorky new friend, Farley Wong, and comes up with a big idea: he could reunite his parents by raising enough money to buy them all tickets to a Global Wrestling Federation eventâÂÂtheir favourite family pastime before Jesse ruined everything. There is quirk to spare here (take, for instance, the home-shopping-addicted neighbour, Mr. Atapattu), but it's in service of a highly emotional story about a family that blames one another, and themselves, for an unimaginable tragedy. Nielsen's balance of humour and pathos is finely honed, making this a surprisingly breezy read for so heavy a topic. Grades 5-8. --Daniel Kraus --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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About the Author

SUSIN NIELSEN got her start writing a spec script for the popular television series Degrassi Junior High. She went on to pen sixteen episodes of the hit television show and four of the Degrassi books. Since then, she has received two Canadian Screenwriter Awards and a Gemini Award and has written for many home-grown TV series. Her novel Word Nerd, published to much critical acclaim, was a finalist for the TD Canadian Children's Book Award and won the Red Maple, Rocky Mountain, Willow, and Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Awards. This was soon followed by the hilarious and heartwarming Dear George Clooney, Please Marry My Mom, which has received rave reviews and has already been translated into French, Portuguese and German. Susin Nielsen lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Reviews

WINNER - Governor General's Award - Children's Literature (2012)FINALIST - BC Book Prizes' Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize PRAISE FOR The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen: ." . . With fully developed adult and child characters and a solid sense of middle school humor, the author has crafted an insightful and nuanced novel about bullying and suicide, and familial love and resilience." --Starred Review, School Library Journal." . . a highly emotional story about a family that blames one another, and themselves, for an unimaginable tragedy. Nielsen's balance of humor and pathos is finely honed, making this a surprisingly breezy read for so heavy a topic." --Booklist ." . . A realistic, poignant portrait of one teen who overcomes nearly unbearable feelings of grief and guilt." --Kirkus Reviews "The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen by Susin Nielsen is an engaging grief story. Thought-provoking and relevant, it addresses the effects of bullying in a realistic, compelling and compassionate way, exemplifying the adage 'There are two sides to every story.' Henry's journey is moving and weirdly, wildly funny." --Jury's Citation, Governor General's Literary Award in Children's Text ." . .Words and writing are often a salvation in Nielsen's YA fiction. Henry is forced to keep a journal by his therapist; he is at first reluctant, then obsessive about it. A born diarist, he exhibits the idiosyncratic voice of a memoirist, one keenly interested in documenting both his inner and outer worlds. He captures both with humour and heart. . . . Yet the novel is a dramedy, and believably balances lightness and darkness. It is a shame when the reader must put down the journal and say goodbye to Henry." --The National Post "Nielsen treats a heavy subject with a light, optimistic touch, and while Henry's passion and distress are evident, his wacky commitment to 'Saturday Night Smash-up' and his own ironic, yet earnest, perspective leavens the serious subject matter." --The Toronto Star ." . . Henry's is a tough story to read and I can only imagine how hard it was to write it. But it's one that really needs to be heard. And honestly, I couldn't have pictured anyone but Nielsen telling it." --Lavender Lines Winner- Governor General's Award - Children's Literature (2012)FINALIST, BC Book Prizes Sheila A. Egoff Children s Literature Prize "The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen "by Susin Nielsen is an engaging grief story. Thought-provoking and relevant, it addresses the effects of bullying in a realistic, compelling and compassionate way, exemplifying the adage There are two sides to every story. Henry s journey is moving and weirdly, wildly funny. " "Jury s Citation, Governor General s Literary Award in Children s Text Words and writing are often a salvation in Nielsen s YA fiction. Henry is forced to keep a journal by his therapist; he is at first reluctant, then obsessive about it. A born diarist, he exhibits the idiosyncratic voice of a memoirist, one keenly interested in documenting both his inner and outer worlds. He captures both with humour and heart . Yet the novel is a dramedy, and believably balances lightness and darkness. It is a shame when the reader must put down the journal and say goodbye to Henry. "The National Post" A realistic, poignant portrait of one teen who overcomes nearly unbearable feelings of grief and guilt. " Kirkus Reviews" Nielsen treats a heavy subject with a light, optimistic touch, and while Henry s passion and distress are evident, his wacky commitment to Saturday Night Smash-up and his own ironic, yet earnest, perspective leavens the serious subject matter. "" "The Toronto Star " Henry s is a tough story to read and I can only imagine how hard it was to write it. But it s one that really needs to be heard. And honestly, I couldn t have pictured anyone but Nielsen telling it. "" "Lavender Lines " Beautiful and thought provoking "The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen "is filled with lessons, heartache, pain, anger, family and friendship. Wonderfully done . "" "Book Nerd" a highly emotional story about a family that blames one another, and themselves, for an unimaginable tragedy. Nielsen s balance of humor and pathos is finely honed, making this a surprisingly breezy read for so heavy a topic. "Booklist" With fully developed adult and child characters and a solid sense of middle school humor, the author has crafted an insightful and nuanced novel about bullying and suicide, and familial love and resilience. Starred, "School Library Journal"" Winner - Governor General's Award - Children's Literature (2012)FINALIST, BC Book Prizes' Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize ""The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen "by Susin Nielsen is an engaging grief story. Thought-provoking and relevant, it addresses the effects of bullying in a realistic, compelling and compassionate way, exemplifying the adage 'There are two sides to every story.' Henry's journey is moving and weirdly, wildly funny." "--"Jury's Citation, Governor General's Literary Award in Children's Text ..".Words and writing are often a salvation in Nielsen's YA fiction. Henry is forced to keep a journal by his therapist; he is at first reluctant, then obsessive about it. A born diarist, he exhibits the idiosyncratic voice of a memoirist, one keenly interested in documenting both his inner and outer worlds. He captures both with humour and heart.... Yet the novel is a dramedy, and believably balances lightness and darkness. It is a shame when the reader must put down the journal and say goodbye to Henry." --"The National Post" ..".A realistic, poignant portrait of one teen who overcomes nearly unbearable feelings of grief and guilt." "--Kirkus Reviews" "Nielsen treats a heavy subject with a light, optimistic touch, and while Henry's passion and distress are evident, his wacky commitment to 'Saturday Night Smash-up' and his own ironic, yet earnest, perspective leavens the serious subject matter." ""--"The Toronto Star "..".Henry's is a tough story to read and I can only imagine how hard it was to write it. But it's one that really needs to be heard. And honestly, I couldn't have pictured anyone but Nielsen telling it." ""--"Lavender Lines " Beautiful and thought provoking "The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen "is filled with lessons, heartache, pain, anger, family and friendship. Wonderfully done...." ""--"Book Nerd" ..".a highly emotional story about a family that blames one another, and themselves, for an unimaginable tragedy. Nielsen's balance of humor and pathos is finely honed, making this a surprisingly breezy read for so heavy a topic." --"Booklist" ..".With fully developed adult and child characters and a solid sense of middle school humor, the author has crafted an insightful and nuanced novel about bullying and suicide, and familial love and resilience." --Starred, "School Library Journal"

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