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Grades 4 - 8Grades 2 - 4n/a4.038245
The debut of a phenomenal new middle-grade talent.

In all the ways that matter, Mark is a normal kid. He's got a dog named Beau and a best friend, Jessie. He likes to take photos and write haiku poems in his notebook. He dreams of climbing a mountain one day.

But in one important way, Mark is not like other kids at all. Mark is sick. The kind of sick that means hospitals. And treatments. The kind of sick some people never get better from.

So Mark runs away. He leaves home with his camera, his notebook, his dog, and a plan to reach the top of Mount Rainier--even if it's the last thing he ever does.

The Honest Truth is a rare and extraordinary novel about big questions, small moments, and the incredible journey of the human spirit.
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published on January 27, 2015 by Scholastic Press
ISBN-10: 0545665736
ISBN-13: 9780545665735
6 Book Reviews
  • katsukibakugo20
    katsukibakugo20almost 3 years55 stars
    i cried 6 times. I.. I love it so much that I'm rereading it a 2nd time and I'm gonna continue reading it and continue to cry at 12 in the morning.
    • tirdion1718
      tirdion1718about 5 years55 stars
      Mark is a normal kid, He likes to take pictures, He likes writing Haikus in his notebook. He has a dog named Beau and a best friend named Jessie. He dreams of climbing a mountain one day. The only thing is he’s sick, Like the sick that means hospital, the kind of sick that people never get better from. So mark runs away, he leaves his home with a Camera, His dog, his notebook and a dream, and if it’s the last thing he does , he wants to climb a mountain, the highest mountain. In the book The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart the protagonist Mark works to climb that “mountain.” The setting involves many places like, Mark’s house, A cafe in Seattle, A bus, And a mountain. In this book you can find the struggles Mark has along the way. He faces the highest mountain, and how he gets there and he finds struggles with sickness. If you like emotional and touching stories I recommend this book.
      • horselover10
        horselover10over 6 years
        I love this book it is sad but very sweet and you would never want to put this book down
        • cditty22
          cditty22almost 7 years
          So heart warming. Must read!!!
          • candyman5
            candyman5about 7 years
            I love this book, it has such an awesome plot that made me laugh and cry at the same time! Recommend for people who like the fault in our stars and wonder.
            • astronaut
              astronautover 7 years55 stars
              This heart breaking story has you wanting to read every word! It has sad, funny and heart stopping moments!