The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen
Title: The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen
Author: Susin Nielsen
My pick is a Teen Read: it actually won a Thumbs Up! Award – The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen, written by Susin Nielsen-Fernlund. The story of Henry, whose brother, who had been bullied in school, comes to school one day with a gun and shoots his aggravator, then turns the gun on himself. Henry and his father move away from the town where the incident happened, while his mother tries to recuperate in a mental institution. This is one incredible story that you won’t forget.
—Robin at KDL’s Spencer Township branch
Darker than her previous novels, Susin peoples this novel about the ultimate cost of bullying with a cast of fabulous characters, dark humour, and a lovable, difficult protagonist struggling to come to terms with the horrible crime his brother has committed.