Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Book Of The Week ~ October 17th. 2013

The Reluctant Journal Of Henry K. Larsen

by Susin Nielsen

Review ~Winner – Governor General’s Award

 – Children’s Literature (2012)

Finalist, BC Book Prizes’ Sheila A. Egoff 

Children’s Literature Prize 


 The Reluctant Journal of Henry

 Price CDN$11.99 Kindle

Price CDN$14.11 Hard cover

 Price CDN$  9.50  Paperback

Darker than the author’s previous novels, this story is about the ultimate cost of bullying with a cast of fabulous characters, dark humour, and a lovable, difficult protagonist struggling to come to terms with the horrible crime his brother has committed.

 “The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen is an appealing grief story. Thought-provoking and relevant, it addresses the effects of bullying in a realistic, compelling and compassionate way, exemplifying the proverb ‘There are two sides to every story.’ Henry’s journey is moving and weirdly, wildly funny.”

Henry is required to keep a journal by his therapist; he is at first reluctant, then obsessive about it. A born diarist, he exhibits the distinctive voice of a memoirist, one keenly interested in documenting both his inner and outer worlds. He captures both with humour and heart ~ Yet the novel is a dream, and believable a balances of lightness and darkness.

It is a book that is hard to put down and in the end to also say goodbye to Henry and his journal.

“Nielsen treats a heavy subject with a light, optimistic touch, and while Henry’s passion and distress are evident, his wacky commitment to ‘Saturday Night Smash-up’ and his own ironic, yet earnest, perspective leavens the serious subject matter.”

—The Toronto Star 

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