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The Porcupine of Truth

By Bill Konigsberg   

Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9781338032451 Paperback
336 Pages | Ages 14 & Up

Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9780545648936 Hardcover
336 Pages | 5.87" x 9.56" | Ages 14 & Up

Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9780545648943 Ebook
336 Pages | Ages 14 & Up

The author of Openly Straight returns with an epic road trip involving family history, gay history, the girlfriend our hero can't have, the grandfather he never knew, and the Porcupine of Truth.

Carson Smith is resigned to spending his summer in Billings, Montana, helping his mom take care of his father, a dying alcoholic he doesn’t really know. Then he meets Aisha Stinson, a beautiful girl who has run away from her difficult family, and Pastor John Logan, who’s long held a secret regarding Carson’s grandfather, who disappeared without warning or explanation thirty years before. Together, Carson and Aisha embark on an epic road trip to find the answers that might save Carson’s dad, restore his fragmented family, and discover the "Porcupine of Truth" in all of their lives.

Raves & reviews:

Praise for The Porcupine of Truth

"Bouts of humour leaven the characters’ intense anguish in a story that will leave readers thinking about inherited traits (whether an oddball sense of humour or a tendency to overdrink), the fuzzy lines between youth and adulthood, and the individual nature of faith." —Publishers Weekly

"...the story tackles questions about religion, family, and intimacy with depth and grace." —Kirkus Reviews

"Konigsberg (Openly Straight, 2013) employs a colourful style (a day is “warm, like bread just out of the oven,” and Carson’s new room is “like a remote bunker where people store their afterthoughts”) and crafts fascinating, multidimensional teen and adult characters." —Booklist

"Konigsberg weaves together a masterful tale of uncovering the past, finding wisdom, and accepting others as well as oneself." —School Library Journal