Trouble by Gary D. Schmidt

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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 pickup truck that strikes Henry’s older brother, Franklin. In the truck is Chay Chouan, a young Cambodian from Franklin’s preparatory school, and the accident sparks racial tensions in the school—and in the well-established town where Henry’s family has lived for generations. Caught between anger and grief, Henry sets out to do the only thing he can think of: climb Mt. Katahdin, the highest mountain in Maine, which he and Franklin were going to climb together. Along with Black Dog, whom Henry has rescued from drowning, and a friend, Henry leaves without his parents’ knowledge. The journey, both exhilarating and dangerous, turns into an odyssey of discovery about himself, his older sister, Louisa, his ancestry, and why one can never escape from Trouble.


About Gary D. Schmidt

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Gary D. Schmidt is the bestselling author of Okay For Now, the Newbery Honor and Printz Honor book Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy, and the Newbery Honor book The Wednesday Wars. He is a professor of English at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. David Diaz has illustrated numerous award-winning books for children, including Smoky Night by Eve Bunting, for which he was awarded the Caldecott Medal; The Wanderer by Sharon Creech, which received a Newbery Honor; and Diego: Bigger Than Life by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand, a Pura Belpré Honor Award winner. An illustrator and graphic designer for more than twenty-five years, he is also a painter and an accomplished ceramic artist. Mr. Diaz lives in Carlsbad, California.
Published April 12, 2010 by Clarion Books. 305 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Henry Smith, younger son of a well-to-do Massachusetts family, finds his secure world rocked to its foundations when his jogging brother is critically injured by a pickup truck driven by a young Cambodian immigrant.

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The New York Review of Books

Neither the enhancements put forward by the Obama administration nor the suggestions coming from policy analysts will eliminate—indeed, they hardly alter at all—the huge distinctions between, say, public community colleges through which students seek a foothold in middle-class life and private co...

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Answer: That train will rush through Chico at an earthshaking 70 miles per hour, ripping through residential neighborhoods to the north and slicing its way across the Chico State University campus—where hundreds of students cross the tracks daily on their ways to and from classes—before zipping...

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Henry’s father has always told Henry that, “If you build your house far away from Trouble, then Trouble will not never find you”.

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