Monday, February 16, 2015

BEING HENRY DAVID by Cal Armistead.  Chicago, IL: Albert Whitman & Company,
2013. 304p. ISBN: 978-0-8075-0615-8 hc. $16.99.  Gr.8-12   YA

The narrator, "Hank", doesn't remember anything about his life prior to waking up in Penn Station. The only think he knows is that his only possession is the book "Walden", by Henry David Thoreau. Since he doesn't even remember is own name, he calls himself Henry David and adopts the nickname "Hank."  Since the book is titled, "Walden," he heads off towards Walden Pond in search of himself. As the days go on, he begins to have flashbacks and memories. He becomes even more frightened to face his past as the memories surface.  Where has he come from?  Where is he going?  BEING HENRY DAVID is a very engaging book. It will keep the reader engaged until the end, with many twists and turns.
Melissa Coyne, Patron of the Munising School Public Library

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