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Thirteen-year-old Henry’s life changes forever when his older brother leaves one morning with their father’s hunting rifle. At his therapist’s suggestion, Henry confides in a journal all his thoughts and his love of the wrestling show Saturday Night Smash-Up.
The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen by Susin Nielsen is an engaging grief story. Thought-provoking and relevant, it addresses the effects of bullying in a realistic, compelling and compassionate way, exemplifying the adage “There are two sides to every story.” Henry’s journey is moving and weirdly, wildly funny.
Susin Nielsen (GG 2012, children's literature -- text) at the Canada Council for the Arts' public announcement of the 2012 winners of the Governor General's Literary Awards.
Past GG Winning Children's Text