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Trouble | [Gary D. Schmidt]

Trouble

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. The tragedy sparks racial tensions in the school.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2008 Gary D. Schmidt; (P)2008 Scholastic Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Contains Schmidt's eloquent language and compelling characters as well as compassionate examinations of the passage from childhood to adulthood." (School Library Journal)
"Tautly constructed, metaphorically rich, emotionally gripping and seductively told." (Publishers Weekly)
"A deeply moving and pleasurable read." (Kirkus Reviews)

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    Vernita La Grande, OR, USA 07-15-08
    Vernita La Grande, OR, USA 07-15-08 Member Since 2006
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    "A Well Woven Narrative"

    Characters in this story make important journeys--individually and together--through inner landscapes of personal meaning and a social topography that includes racism, xenophobia, economic inequality and the awkwardness of adolescence. This novel is rich and meaningful, although some of the issues related to racism were presented in a stilted and stereotypical manner.

    Regardless, each main character faced his/her inner self in the light of disturbing life events and emerged changed, and no longer living in isolation but in community.

    This is an excellent book and is well worth a listen.

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    loren VERNON HILLS, IL, United States 05-14-13
    loren VERNON HILLS, IL, United States 05-14-13 Member Since 2012
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    Would you try another book from Gary D. Schmidt and/or Jason Culp?

    Possibly...this had my interest in and out


    Would you be willing to try another book from Gary D. Schmidt? Why or why not?

    possibly


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Jason Culp?

    yes


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    If the character development were better


    Any additional comments?

    Overall a pretty good book, I wish I had learned even more about Jay.

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    A User Keller, TX, United States 03-07-13
    A User Keller, TX, United States 03-07-13 Member Since 2011
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    Where does Trouble rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Number 1. I loved this book. I've listened to at least 40 audiobooks and this is still my favorite. It's easy to listen to, pick up any time and not lose your place and it's a feel good book. I wish there were more like it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Trouble?

    When the boy rescued the dog.


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