Author(s): Susin Nielsen
Thirteen-year-old wrestling fanatic Henry used to have a normal life. Now, his therapist wants him to keep a journal so he can express his feelings about what happened.
Henry has moved with his dad to a new city, where nobody knows their name. He lives off a diet of pizza, whilst hiding from the comically overbearing neighbours and avoiding being an obvious target for bullies at his new school. But then he meets Farley and Alberta, social misfits who refuse to let him be alone. And bit by bit, the past begins to come out.
Heartbreaking, surprising and laugh-out-loud funny, The Reluctant Journal of Henry K Larsen is about the things that remain after your life has fallen to pieces.
From the author of the acclaimed We Are All Made of Molecules. Tragedy and comedy intertwine in this award-winning novel about a boy confronting his painful past.
"Both disarming and endearing. A realistic, poignant portrait of one teen who overcomes nearly unbearable feelings of grief and guilt." Kirkus "Nielsen's balance of humor and pathos is finely honed, making this a surprisingly breezy read for so heavy a topic" -- Daniel Kraus Booklist "A fantastic narrator, authentic and endearing ... a memorable read for all the right reasons" Booktrust "With fully developed characters and a solid sense of humor, the author has crafted an insightful and nuanced novel about bullying and suicide, and familial love and resilience" School Library Journal, starred review "Thought-provoking and relevant ... Henry's journey is moving and weirdly, wildly funny" -- Jury's Citation Governor General's Literary Award
Susin Nielsen got her start feeding cast and crew on the popular television series, Degrassi Junior High. They hated her food, but they saw a spark in her writing. Nielsen went on to pen sixteen episodes of the hit TV show. Since then, Nielsen has written for many Canadian TV series. Nielsen's first two young adult novels, Word Nerd and Dear George Clooney: Please Marry My Mom, received critical acclaim and multiple Young Readers' Choice Awards. The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen won the prestigious Governor General's Literary Award, the Canadian Library Association's Children's Book of the Year and many Young Readers' Choice Awards. She lives in Vancouver with her family and two extremely destructive cats. http://www.susinnielsen.com/