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Being Henry David

Armistead, Cal (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Being Henry David
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"Seventeen-year-old 'Hank,' who can't remember his identity, finds himself in Penn Station with a copy of Thoreau's Walden as his only possession and must figure out where he's from and why he ran away"--Provided by publisher.
Authors: Armistead, Cal
Title: Being Henry David
Publisher: Chicago, Ill. : Albert Whitman & Co., 2013.
Characteristics: 304 p. ;,22 cm.
Summary: "Seventeen-year-old 'Hank,' who can't remember his identity, finds himself in Penn Station with a copy of Thoreau's Walden as his only possession and must figure out where he's from and why he ran away"--Provided by publisher.
ISBN: 9780807506158
080750615X
Statement of Responsibility: Cal Armistead
Subject Headings: Amnesia Fiction. Street children Fiction. Thoreau, Henry David, 1817-1862. Walden Fiction. Runaways Fiction. Family problems Fiction. Guilt Fiction. New York (N.Y.) Fiction. Concord (Mass.) Fiction.
Genre/Form: Young adult fiction.
Topical Term: Amnesia
Street children
Runaways
Family problems
Guilt
LCCN: 2012017377
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Oct 09, 2013
  • 0Charlie rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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
  • DanceFiddler rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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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