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Seventeen-year-old "Hank" has found himself at Penn Station in New York City with no memory of anything --who he is, where he came from, why he's running away. His only possession is a worn copy of Walden, by Henry David Thoreau. And so he becomes Henry David-or "Hank" and takes first to the streets, and then to the only destination he can think of--Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts. Cal Armistead's remarkable debut novel is about a teen in search of himself. Hank begins to piece together recollections from his past. The only way Hank can discover his present is to face up to the realities of his grievous memories. He must come to terms with the tragedy of his past, to stop running, and to find his way home.

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"Armistead's debut might oversell its Thoreauvian connections, but the core story of an amnesiac boy and his quest for identity stands on its own. When 'Henry David' wakes up in Penn Station, he has no clue who he is; since his only possession is a copy of Walden, he takes the author's name as his own. After falling in with a pair of homeless teens who nickname him Hank and being threatened by a crime boss, the 17-year-old decides he's safer outside the city and heads to Concord, Mass., to see if Thoreau's life can offer him answers. There, he meets an attractive high schooler named Hailey and a heavily tattooed librarian named Thomas, both of whom help Hank as his memories slowly come back. Armistead can go over the top at times — her New York City is almost cartoonishly violent and one-dimensional — but Hank's personal tragedies are touching, as are his interactions with everyone from street kids Jack and Nessa to the more sedate citizens of Concord. His quests for answers and redemption should easily engage readers. Ages 13 — up." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old "Hank," who can't remember his identity, finds himself in Penn Station with a copy of Thoreau's Walden as his only possession and must figure out where he's from and why he ran away.

About the Author

Cal Armistead is a musician, singer, voice actress and independent bookseller in Massachusetts. She lives in Concord with her husband. This is her first novel.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807506158
Author:
Armistead, Cal
Publisher:
Albert Whitman & Company
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Subject:
Situations / Runaways
Subject:
Henry David Thoreau, Runaways, Walden, Walden Pond, runaways, teen, teenage, amnesia, grieving, grief, family, identity, Thoreau, runaway, run away, secrets, coming of age, young adult book, teen book, young adult, novel, homeless, run-away, self esteem,
Subject:
Henry David Thoreau, Runaways, Walden, Walden Pond, runaways, teen, teenage, amnesia, grieving, grief, family, identity, Thoreau, runaway, run away, secrets, coming of age, young adult book, teen book, young adult, novel, homeless, run-away, self esteem,
Subject:
Henry David Thoreau
Subject:
Runaways
Subject:
walden
Subject:
Walden Pond
Subject:
teen
Subject:
Teenage
Subject:
Amnesia
Subject:
grieving
Subject:
Grief
Subject:
Family
Subject:
Identity
Subject:
Thoreau
Subject:
runaway
Subject:
Secrets.
Subject:
Coming of age
Subject:
young adult book
Subject:
teen book
Subject:
Young Adult
Subject:
Novel
Subject:
Homeless
Subject:
Self-Esteem
Subject:
Self-reliance
Subject:
Cal Armistead
Subject:
common core
Subject:
Siblings
Subject:
Outdoors
Subject:
Self-discovery
Subject:
finding yourself
Subject:
car accident
Subject:
bad choices
Publication Date:
20130331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 7 up to 12
Language:
English
Pages:
312
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in
Age Level:
from 13 up to 18

Related Subjects


Young Adult » Fiction » Social Issues » Adolescence
Young Adult » Fiction » Social Issues » Runaways
Young Adult » Fiction » Social Issues » Self-Esteem and Self-Reliance
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Product details 312 pages Albert Whitman & Company - English 9780807506158 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Armistead's debut might oversell its Thoreauvian connections, but the core story of an amnesiac boy and his quest for identity stands on its own. When 'Henry David' wakes up in Penn Station, he has no clue who he is; since his only possession is a copy of Walden, he takes the author's name as his own. After falling in with a pair of homeless teens who nickname him Hank and being threatened by a crime boss, the 17-year-old decides he's safer outside the city and heads to Concord, Mass., to see if Thoreau's life can offer him answers. There, he meets an attractive high schooler named Hailey and a heavily tattooed librarian named Thomas, both of whom help Hank as his memories slowly come back. Armistead can go over the top at times — her New York City is almost cartoonishly violent and one-dimensional — but Hank's personal tragedies are touching, as are his interactions with everyone from street kids Jack and Nessa to the more sedate citizens of Concord. His quests for answers and redemption should easily engage readers. Ages 13 — up." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , Seventeen-year-old "Hank," who can't remember his identity, finds himself in Penn Station with a copy of Thoreau's Walden as his only possession and must figure out where he's from and why he ran away.
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