The Reluctant Journal
Grades 8 & up
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Henry is the brother of a boy who was bullied extensively, and now Henry has to deal with the fallout of a tragedy. His reluctant journal is part of his therapy program, and pieces of the story are revealed through his writing.
This is an excellent book, brilliantly written. While the subject matter is disturbing, the perspectives and issues are important to discuss, including fallout from bullying, and how violence affects a larger group of people than those at the scene. You wouldn't expect to find humor here, but you can, and the realism is so touching. This is a painful and beautiful book that leaves a mark long after you finish the last page.
"Do you think the Great Dane ever cries?" Dad asked as he blew his nose.
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