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The Porcupine of Truth

The Porcupine of Truth

by Bill Konigsberg

The author of Openly Straight returns with an epic road trip involving family history, gay history, the girlfriend our hero can't have, the grandfather he never knew, and the Porcupine of Truth.

Carson Smith is resigned to spending his summer in Billings, Montana, helping his mom take care of his father, a dying alcoholic he doesn't really know. Then he meets Aisha Stinson, a beautiful girl who has run away from her difficult family, and Pastor John Logan, who's long held a secret regarding Carson's grandfather, who disappeared without warning or explanation thirty years before. Together, Carson and Aisha embark on an epic road trip to find the answers that might save Carson's dad, restore his fragmented family, and discover the "Porcupine of Truth" in all of their lives.

Ages
14, 15, 16
Interest Level
Grades 9 - 11
Lexile Measure
HL670L
Guided Reading
Z+
Publisher
Scholastic Inc.
Number of Pages
336
Genre
Realistic Fiction, Young Adult

About the Author

Bill Konigsberg Bill Konigsberg won the Lambda Literary Award for Young Adult fiction for "Out of the Pocket" (Dutton, 2008). Before writing novels, he was a sportswriter for The Associated Press and ESPN.com. He won a GLAAD Media Award for a coming-out essay he wrote while working at ESPN.com, and he blogs at billkonigsberg.blogspot.com. Bill lives in Chandler, Arizona, with his partner, Chuck.

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