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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,389 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gary D. Schmidt Narrator: Jason Culp Publisher: Scholastic Inc Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2012 ISBN: 9780545122344
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Henry Smith’s father told him that if you build your house far enough away from Trouble, then Trouble will never find you.

But Trouble comes careening down the road one night in the form of a pick-up truck that strikes Henry’s older brother, Franklin.

In the truck is Chay Chouan, a young Cambodian from Franklin’s preparatory school. The tragedy sparks racial tensions in the school—and in the town where Henry’s family has lived for generations.

Caught between anger and grief, Henry does the only thing he feels he can: he sets off for Mt. Katahdin, which he and Franklin had planned to climb together. One July morning, he leaves for Maine with his best friend and the loveable stray, Black Dog, in tow. But when they encounter Chay Chouan on the road, fleeing demons of his own, Henry learns that turning a blind eye to Trouble only brings Trouble closer.

With moments of humor, tenderness, and remarkable strength, Henry and Chay travel a path to the mountain that neither of them expects.
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Quotes & Awards

  • “Tautly constructed, metaphorically rich, emotionally gripping, and seductively told.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Jason Culp does a stunning job creating the troika of characters. Henry is trying to make peace with the world. Sanborn, a sardonic rich kid, is fiercely loyal to Henry…Culp’s timing and tone brighten the humor and darken the grief.”

    AudioFile

  • “Teeming with plot elements…and richly veined with social and psychological crosscurrents, this story may be seen as allegorical in its intent and representation. Nevertheless it contains Schmidt’s eloquent language and compelling characters, as well as compassionate examinations of the passage from childhood to adulthood and of the patterns of common experience that mark and unite us as humans.”

    School Library Journal

  • “This story addresses what it means to be human, to struggle with racist feelings towards others and still be able to work towards responsibility and reconciliation. The protagonist is a young teen, but the complex history and rich attention to detail make this book inviting to older readers as well.”

    Kliatt

  • “The leisurely development of plot and characters allows the latter full emotional complexity and nuances the former with the layers of relationships that, willy-nilly, bind humanity together…A deeply moving and pleasurable read.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pamela | 2/11/2014

    " Gary D. Schmidt - incredibly powerful, beautiful writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon Skinner | 2/1/2014

    " Decent story with a good message. A good boy's book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy | 1/30/2014

    " This is the first Schmidt I've read. I feel not quite smart because I wasn't crazy about it; there were definitely things I liked about this book, and things I think were done well (all the family interactions, in particular), but overall it felt heavy handed and often obvious. I disliked the ending scenes--I was freaking out on a medical level, and I also don't know how they could DO that to their parents after everything else, which made me grumpy about characterizations. I don't have any problem with the subject matter being suitable for the Newbery, but have a hard time believing kids 14 and under would be very interested--and while the Newbery isn't for popularity etc, I don't think one could really call a book "distinguished writing for children" if children aren't interested, even after being urged/assigned; but I could be totally wrong about that, because, as you all know, I do not like books about boys, or dogs, and especially not about boys AND dogs. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gwen the Librarian | 1/22/2014

    " I just finished this a couple of minutes ago. All I can say right now is "If you read only one teen book this summer, this is the one to read." Absolutely awesome and with appeal for both young people and adults. So, so well-written. This time Schmidt deserves to win more than an "honor". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 1/4/2014

    " This book is categorized as being for young adults, but I'm a grandmother of teens and thoroughly enjoyed it. I listened to the perfectly-read audiobook and was captivated from beginning to end. Other reviewers have provided excellent story lines (without spoilers) but I wanted to add my hearty thumbs up and hope that adults will read (or listen to) this gem too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy | 1/3/2014

    " I found this to be a powerful story - I was emotionally connected to all of the main characters in different ways. The disappointment was that I didn't really believe that the two angry, drunk fishermen from the restaurant would bother to hunt the boys down to "scare them" two full days after their encounter in the parking lot. Much of the book felt so real, but that scenario felt contrived. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina | 12/21/2013

    " Love Gary Schmidt! Yet another brilliant work that includes a multi faceted plot and characters who are real and change with the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 12/19/2013

    " Good, but not as good as his other books I've read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy | 12/5/2013

    " While there are parts of this plot that are predictable, Schmidt, as is his trademark style, writes rich characters dealing with problems in a relatable way. His theme of trouble and grace is heartwarming even in the midst of tragedy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annie | 11/26/2013

    " Good teenage book. Well written and good plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kriscrowe | 11/22/2013

    " This is a Chippewa Valley read book this year, so I am trying it out. It is a quick read--an interesting story of a wealthy family living in a cocoon and a Cambodian boy who penetrates it, tragically. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karlan | 10/27/2013

    " We like to think of ourselves as a people who welcome refugees, but it is not always true. This ya novel about prejudice, hardship, and change moved me as I reached the exciting conclusion. It would make a good booktalk, too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grace | 10/20/2013

    " Bad for the first 80 pages but amazing afterwards "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brenda | 5/17/2013

    " Powerful book! A deep read with a strong message. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maryann Morran | 1/1/2013

    " Gary Schmidt combines the "coming of age" adolescent tale with historical fiction well. He challenges the thoughtful reader to see beyond the obvious and understand that all stories have many sides. Trouble is a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mackay | 11/1/2012

    " Another great book by Gary D Schmidt. He writes coming of age and emotion better than juast about anyone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda Atkinson | 6/24/2012

    " This book was so heavy to start I didn't think I could finish it. But, I'm glad I did. (Caudill 2011 Master List) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 3/30/2012

    " First of all, Gary D. Schmidt is definitely an author I follow. His books have all been excellent and this might be the best--except for Wednesday Wars which might be best because it was the first one I read. Trouble makes you think on many levels. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Llamalover | 1/10/2012

    " i read this only because of the rebecca caudill list and it was not attention grabbing only the part about how his brother died.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelli | 12/24/2011

    " This story turned out to be more engaging than the I thought it would (based on the back of the cover). An interesting situation, with unique characters, that sometimes unfolds a bit slowly. It includes some serious topics: racism, death, guilt. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen | 6/9/2011

    " This is one of the best books I read this year. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherry | 4/23/2011

    " I don't know how this book escaped my attention before. It was fabulous. The tone, the characters, the layered complexity of the story. It's going to stay with me for a long time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Misty | 4/11/2011

    " this book reminded me of myself i just want to go somewhere start fresh but i cant because it will come and find me "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cali | 3/24/2011

    " While the plot becomes predictable at some point the eloquence of Schmidt's prose more than makes up for it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna | 3/21/2011

    " I have given all his books 5 stars...I would give this one 6 if I could. There is only one part I don't like...it's a little too YA. I loved it. It was my favorite of his so far. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bethany | 2/17/2011

    " Gary D. Schmidt is one of my favorite YA authors. He has this way of plying you with sly humor, keeping you comfortable, until he suddenly slams you into the real emotions of the book. The Wednesday Wars is a more cheerful book, but this one is probably more powerful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 1/31/2011

    " Good, but not as good as his other books I've read. "

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