The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen by Susin Nielsen
Tundra Books, 2012. 978770493728
Interest level: Grades 7 and up.
13 year old Henry’s family life has been torn apart as a result of his brother Jesse’s decision to take their father’s rifle to school. As part of his recovery, Henry reluctantly agrees to his therapist’s urgings to write a journal. Sometimes humorous, sometimes tragic, the entries reveal Henry’s insight into coping with grief and adversity, the importance of accepting and being accepted, and the challenges of creating a new life.