Synopses & Reviews
"You never know where this life will take you," Henry Olsen tells Laker Wyatt when he finds the boy could, penniless, and sleeping on the street. Raised by his hapless, childlike mother, Laker has often had to act more like a caretaker than a son. It's become easy for him to soothe her with a cup of tea or fake a phone call to her boss on a bad day. But when stepfather number two, Rick the Prick, comes on the scene, everything changes. After Laker fights with Rick, his mother, Audrey, does the unimaginable: She kicks her son out. Drifting aimlessly, Laker meets Henry, eighty-three, a widower with family troubles of his own. Being with Henry brings its own challenges, as well as surprises. How these two disparate souls -- an angry, homeless teenager and a lonely, crotchety old man -- come to know and care for each other makes a sometimes funny, often poignant, and ultimately moving novel about truth and family and the courage it takes to search for these in unexpected places.
A teenage outcast, a grieving old man, and an untold story come together in unexpected ways in this moving novel about losing family--and finding it.
About the Author
Martha Brooks is an award-winning playwright, novelist, and author of short fictions. Being with Henry takes its genesis from "The Kindness of Strangers," one of the most popular short stories in her collection Traveling on into the Lights and Other Stories. School Library Journal praised the collection in a starred review, saying, "Each story creates a single emotional impression, which is hiding like a pearl at its center. . . YA's are likely to find their friends and classmates in these pages." Traveling on into the Light was chosen a Hungry Mind Review Book of Distinction, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, and a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year. Ms. Brooks lives in Winnipeg, Canada.