The Porcupine of Truth

The Porcupine of Truth

Book - 2015
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Seventeen-year-old Carson Speier is bored of Billings, Montana, and resentful that he has to help his mother take care of his father, a dying alcoholic whom he has not seen in fourteen years--but then he meets Aisha, a beautiful African American girl who has run away from her own difficult family, and together they embark on a journey of discovery that may help them both come to terms with their lives.
Publisher: New York, NY : Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc., 2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780545648936
Branch Call Number: Teen Fiction / Konigsberg, Bill
Characteristics: 325 p. ; 22cm

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mvkramer Mar 12, 2016

The sad thing about this book is the human core of the story - a boy trying to reconnect with his estranged father and discover a long-buried family secret - is quite interesting and compelling. Unfortunately, it's buried in an avalanche of shallow introspection and pop-culture platitudes.

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readsalot80
Jul 07, 2015

I enjoyed this book about Carson and his friendship Aisha who go on a journey and both find what they are looking for. Great book about friendship and coming to terms with your family.

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Jul 29, 2015

Re_Bel thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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readsalot80
Jul 07, 2015

Carson has to spend his summer in Billings, Montana, helping his mother take care of his estranged father who is dying. He meets Aisha at the zoo who is a lesbian and has been kicked out her home by her religious father. They are staying in the basement which is filled with boxes. They explore the boxes and find that Carson's grandfather didn't desert his son. Carson and Aisha go on a journey to find Carson's grandfather and bring him to Billings. Both grow with this experience and find more than they expected.

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