Trouble

Trouble

Henry lives with his star athlete brother, Franklin, and his up and coming sister, Louisa, in the well-to-do family home that has been in the family for generations. You need to build your home far away from trouble is his father's motto. So far, plenty of money, private school and a pedigreed gene pool have been enough to keep trouble at bay. But on this day it looks as though trouble has come looking for them. Henry and Franklin have plans to climb Katahdin...a mountain that Franklin is arrogantly sure Henry will never ascend. But the agenda changes drastically when Franklin is hit by a car while running and rushed to the hospital. He's lost an arm and is in a coma with relatively little brain activity except for some powerful seizures. The family grieves and struggles with the trauma. Another family, a Cambodian family, struggles with their loss as well. Their son, Chay, stands accused of manslaughter. He was at the wheel of the truck that ran into Franklin while making a delivery for the family business. Both families have roots that will ask some tough questions of them. A master of surprise Gary Schmidt has written a layered story of seeing other's for who they really are, seeing ourselves through that same revealing lens and having the courage to do the right thing. Sometimes you see what you want to see. Sometimes you risk seeing the truth. Ages 11-15

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