Being Henry David

Being Henry David

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Seventeen-year-old "Hank" has found himself at Penn Station in New York City with no memory of anythingâwho he is, where he came from, why he's running away. His only possession is a worn copy of Walden by Henry David Thoreau. And so he becomes Henry Davidâor "Hank"âand takes first to the streets, and then to the only destination he can think ofâWalden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts. Cal Armistead's remarkable debut novel about a teen in search of himself. As Hank begins to piece together recollections from his past he realizes that the only way he can discover his present is to face up to the realities of his grievous memories. He must come to terms with the tragedy of his past to stop running and find his way home.
Publisher: Chicago, Ill. : Albert Whitman, [2013]
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780807506165
Branch Call Number: J-PB Armis
Characteristics: 304 pages ; 21 cm


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0Charlie Oct 09, 2013

I found this work to be satisfying and intriguing. It was fun trying to guess what has happened to this boy that brought him to a point where he knew nothing of his past but what horrible "gut" feelings were telling him. It was a nice change to read a Teen book where the main character is strong enough to make his own choices and stand up for what he feels is right (even when he doesn't "know"). Recommended.

Aug 14, 2013

A teenage boy wakes up at a train station with no memory of who he is. His only clue is a copy of Walden. He heads to Walden Pond in hopes that he can figure out his identity. Gripping. I also appreciated how subtle the author kept the book’s gritty realism. The amount of bad or horrific things in this book are par for the YA course, yet the author does a graceful job of implying and not giving us detail overload as so many YA authors do. Also, the ending has a sweetness and innocence that I rarely find in kid’s fiction. Overall, it’s no better quality than most of the books I’ve read this summer, but it stands out in a good way based on its tone.

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