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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:
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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.”


  • “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.”


  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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". "

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