The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen
By Susin Nielsen
This is a middle-grade novel that will keep kids reading the book from start to finish.
Thirteen year old Henry’s life is happy and ordinary much like every other kids. This all changes when his older Brother Jesse, picks up their father’s hunting rifle and leaves the house. It is hard to imagine how scary this would be for the parents and siblings involved. What follows shatters the whole family and they are forced to resume their lives in a new city, where other people don’t know their pat. Henry seemed to be most affected by this turn of events so he starts seeing a therapist who suggests that he keeps a journal.
At first, he’s reluctant. But then he acquiesces and starts confiding in it day and night.
Henry eventually meets a few oddball friends who are characters, both at school and home. they help him to forget about his past, despite the fact that they don’t know the details of his past.
This book will show kids that they can overcome many problems through journaling. The journal entries are both riveting and funny. Kids will be able to relate to them, especially if their family life is anything but perfect.
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth