Trouble

Trouble Henry Smiths father told him that if you build your house far enough away from Trouble then Trouble will never find you But Trouble comes careening down the road one night in the form of a pickup tru

  • Title: Trouble
  • Author: Gary D. Schmidt
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 348
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Henry Smiths father told him that if you build your house far enough away from Trouble, then Trouble will never find you But Trouble comes careening down the road one night in the form of a pickup truck that strikes Henrys older brother, Franklin In the truck is Chay Chouan, a young Cambodian from Franklins preparatory school The tragedy sparks racial tensions in the scHenry Smiths father told him that if you build your house far enough away from Trouble, then Trouble will never find you But Trouble comes careening down the road one night in the form of a pickup truck that strikes Henrys older brother, Franklin In the truck is Chay Chouan, a young Cambodian from Franklins preparatory school The tragedy sparks racial tensions in the schooland in the town where Henrys family has lived for generations Caught between anger and grief, Henry does the only thing he feels he can he sets off for Mt Katahdin, which he and Franklin had planned to climb together One July morning, he leaves for Maine with his best friend and the loveable stray, Black Dog, in tow But when they encounter Chay Chouan on the road, fleeing demons of his own, Henry learns that turning a blind eye to Trouble only brings Trouble closer With moments of humor, tenderness, and remarkable strength, Henry and Chay travel a path to the mountain that neither of them expects Gary D Schmidt is the author of The Wednesday Wars, which won a Newbery Honor, and also of Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy, which won both a Newbery Honor and a Printz Honor His other novels for Clarion are Straw Into Gold and Ansons Way He is a professor of English at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan Jason Culpis an accomplished actor of stage and screen, with audiobook performances for bestselling authors John Irving and Peter Straub He lives in New York City and is currently working on a novel of his own.

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    • Betsy says:

      You know, as a children’s librarian Gary Schmidt gives me no end of (for lack of a better word) trouble. As far as I can tell, he’s probably one of those authors that doesn’t like to begin writing a book by pigeonholing it for a single age group. If I'm right then it would explain why his oeuvre does a funny dance between children’s literature and young adult literature without the author ever fully belonging to one or the other. Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy? Children’s histor [...]

    • JonathanT says:

      Even on the second time through, this book KNOCKED ME FROM MY FEET. The plot is smooth and consistent, and it glides along with precision all the way to the shocking conclusion. The characters are real and honest. The atmosphere is set with careful word choice and vivid settings. Every element comes into play, some way or another, weaving together into a poignant, moving book about a boy, a family, a community, a crisis, an immigrant, a death. And trouble. PLENTY of trouble. READ THIS IF YOU DAR [...]

    • Molly says:

      Gary Schmidt is probably my favorite children's writer after the venerable Katherine Paterson. I love both of them as phenomenal people, and admire them both madly as writers. So that's a disclaimer of sorts. That said--I didn't love TROUBLE as much as LIZZIE BRIGHT, and I didn't work on this book, so don't have quite the affection for it that I do for THE WEDNESDAY WARS. And I do see a few wee little problems in the narrative. BUT, they hardly matter b/c I think the heart of this book rises far [...]

    • Chris says:

      I’ve found that some authors make me feel good about my own abilities as a writer. I read their work, and I think to myself, ‘OK, I’m relatively certain I’m at least in the same league with this and such author.’ No such luck with Gary Schmidt. This guy is an absolute pro. Trouble is a gritty young adult novel about a teenager whose all-star older brother is struck and killed by a truck apparently driven by a young Cambodian refugee. In the aftermath of this tragedy, Henry sets out on [...]

    • Jenna Buss says:

      The first few pages were difficult to get through, because the author spent WAY too much time describing the setting. However, I enjoyed how the author developed the characters throughout the book, as well as the plot twists that left me stunned.Now that I think about it, I should have seen them coming from a mile away. But since I was so immersed in the story, it was hard to take a step back and look at the big picture.I liked the characters' growth throughout the story. particularly Henry's. H [...]

    • Heather says:

      (This is my review) Another amazing coming-of-age novel from Schmidt, plus SO much more. I can't begin to explain how much I adore this book. I thought Wednesday Wars was near-perfect, but having just finished Trouble, I don't know which one I like better. Schmidt is an amazingly gifted writer. His imagery is so evocative, yet tangible. His characters are accessible, likeable and still complex enough to be real. I am a thirty-something mother of three daughters and found this book to be an enga [...]

    • Ryan says:

      My favorite sentences from this book are:"He could see pink and white blossoms in nearby orchards, and farther away, the brief yellow of the daffodils, so bright they looked as if Van Gogh had just come from them with his paint-brush still wet in his hand" (pg 108)"A heart that has lost knows every other heart that has lost" (pg 197)The first let me see what the author was describing, the second is just a lovely way to say what is true. And comparing a book to a painting is a wonderful way to pr [...]

    • Dian Cronan says:

      I orginally read this one in a search for something to pair with Touching Spirit Bear in my Language Arts class. This novel provides an interesting look into the family dynamics when dealing with loss, as well as mystery and racisim against Cambodians, something a lot of peoplel don't really think about or are even aware of. Each of the main characters has a heart-breaking backstory, and although they begin as enemies tied together by tragedy, they ultimately find themselves and friendship in ea [...]

    • Joyce Yattoni says:

      I admit I did have a little trouble getting through the first few pages while Mr. Schmidt spent quite a bit if time describing the setting, the Smith's home in the pretentious Blythbury-by-the-Sea. But then he got to work on creating his characters rather quickly. Henry changes throughout the story who first idolized his bigoted deceased older brother and then slowly came to realize that he was not an American hero. Although this title is realistic fiction, the author weaved in a bit of history [...]

    • Lisa Simmons says:

      Engaging storytelling, skillful writing, fascinating plot line. Suspenseful, dramatic. Even though I knew some of main plot points thanks to back cover and reviews, I was never sure how the author would get us there or where the story would go afterwards. I don't think all storylines with the sister had enough to be convincing but given other strengths of book, I'm willing to forgive these. I'm left thinking about family relations, Cambodia's modern history, forgiveness and, of course, Trouble. [...]

    • Laura says:

      I've spoken with my Middle School students about books like this, those written as contemporary fiction but set in the near-past (eg, my lifetime). Any book written/set in the 60s-90s isn't historical enough unless there's a real need to use the past (like, talking about the Vietnam War or Woodstock). Just "because" doesn't interest them. Kids without cellphones or video games or computers seem unreal, and they just don't care.This book could have, very easily, been written "today" but I suspect [...]

    • Alyssa says:

      I did not like this book. It started slow, but never picked up. There was a few small action parts, but they still did not make the book good and did not flow well. I also disliked the main character. He tried to pick fights, and had almost no personality. I also despised how unobservant and oblivious he was. It was almost to the point of being unrealistic, and while I will not spoil the book by providing examples, it took him FOREVER to figure out the most obvious things. I think this would hav [...]

    • Stacy says:

      I think if you approach "Trouble" in a completely different way than Lizzie Bright or The Wednesday Wars, then you can appreciate the story it tells. Don't make the mistake of thinking it's going to be like the other two stories: full of light, full of mirth and humor, even amongst challenges. This one is much more true to life in my opinion---dealing with the harsh situations that life can throw at you, and yet finding that things aren't the way you thought they were all along. I thoroughly enj [...]

    • Jamie says:

      This book went from 2 stars to 3 stars just because I still think that Gary Schmidt is a masterful writer.But this story starts out sloooooow, with long descriptions of small New England towns, and houses, that seem quiety adult. There are changes of narrator that confuse, and overdone metaphors (the titular one, for example) and some clunky racists that seem to have no reason for being that way. And Henry figures everything out with no clues that I can see (we the reader to get clues.)Overall, [...]

    • Susan says:

      I thought this was a powerhouse of a book, and it was one of the best books I've read in a long time. I wasn't quite sure where the author was taking me but was very glad to have made the journey when I reached the end.This was the first book I've read by Gary Schmidt, so I didn't have any expectations.After you finish the book, go back and read the italic sections at the end of each chapter. they'll make a lot more sense. It's a bit early to say this but I'm predicting a Newbery or Newbery Hono [...]

    • Rebecca says:

      Trouble was an enlighting story which taught me about the world. At first I couldn't really get into the book but as it continues I really started to like it. I learned many thiings while reading Trouble. The most important thing: You can't run from trouble, it will always find you and you just have to live with it.

    • Karlan says:

      We like to think of ourselves as a people who welcome refugees, but it is not always true. This ya novel about prejudice, hardship, and change moved me as I reached the exciting conclusion. It would make a good booktalk, too.

    • Heather Perkinson says:

      Resisted reading this for a while, wish I hadn't--it was really excellent and combined a lot of my favorite things: suspense/mystery, issues (racism, class), history, and as an added bonus, it's narrated by a likeable but not too perfect boy character. Oh, and there's a good dog.

    • Lauren says:

      Gary Schmidt has not failed me yet! I didn't like it quite as much as the Wednesday Wars or Okay for Now, but I attribute it to the fact that this has more mature content, and deeper character conflicts.

    • Robert says:

      This is a great book with a strong message about trouble being everywhere know matter who you are, where you live and what ethnic background you come from. Racism and bigotry are cleverly addressed as the characters and plot evolve.

    • Michele says:

      This book was a huge disappointment to me. I loved Lizzie Bright and The Wednesday Wars, so I had high expections for Schmidt's book. The ending was a bit predictable.

    • Rita says:

      Another fabulous book by Gary Schmidt. I hope he wins the Newbery for this one!

    • Cindy Dobrez says:

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    • Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book* says:

      Schmidt, Gary D. Trouble, 297 p. Clarion, 2008. Henry’s family is perfect. Well, at least his parents, his sister and his older brother are perfect. Their white bread, tight-knit community is built far away from Trouble (yep, with a capital “T”). Then one day Trouble comes knocking – Henry’s brother is mortally injured in a car accident, by a Cambodian refugee goes to Henry’s own private school. Now his parents are falling apart and his sister refuses to come out of her room. And all [...]

    • Kamden M says:

      Have you ever had your entire life turned upside down in one second? For young Henry Smith it was a moment that changed his entire family. Henry Smith is a young teenage boy with a very popular brother who can do everything, or so it seemed. Henry always looked up to his older brother, Franklin, but when Franklin shows a weak side in fighting off certain events Henry is willing to prove himself and fulfill his and his brother's late dreams. In the story the Smiths live on the coast of Massachuse [...]

    • Renata Hundley says:

      I am a fan of Gary D. Schmidt books, so was happy to discover this one I had never heard of. Schmidt has a gift for descriptive writing that is combined with seemingly real but tragic life events that always resolve on a hopeful note. "Trouble" brings together a New England family who have been in their home for three centuries and their upper class white community with a Cambodian refugee family. The descriptions of the New England coast and the mountains of Maine create an environment in which [...]

    • Suzanne says:

      I absolutely adored this book. I can’t stop thinking about it and as soon as I finished I wanted to read it again. Every time I put it down I felt like I was pausing a movie. The setting and characters are so well created that I see them in my mind. To me, it’s a story about seeing people for who they really are sometimes accepting hard truths. It shows us people can change for the right reasons. It shows survival after walking through hard times. It’s about redemption through trouble, and [...]

    • Kamryn says:

      This book is about a boy named Henry and his brother Franklin. Franklin was on a run one day and was hit by a car. Him and Henry had plans to hike a mountain, but those all changed because Franklin suffered from major brain damage. There was a lot of sadness in this book that I could relate to. Having somebody you really care about get hurt is a lot to handle. Every time somebody in my family gets hurt or sick I want them to get better right away because I feel bad. I am kind of like Henry. He c [...]

    • grace says:

      i read this book for school, and i really enjoyed the plot twists (situational irony @kevin). i don't normally read realistic fiction but this wasn't the worst book i've read for school. it wasn't the best, though, eitherat being said, the subject matter was dark. there's insinuated rape, death, bullying this isn't a light book to read for fun. the conflict is deep, and it exposes pretty big problems.#sanbornisunderappreciated

    • Leslie Kay says:

      Beautifully told story about all sorts of trouble. Books like these, that speak the truth, always cause an ache inside of me, for the realness, the sadness and the hope. Loved the characters and the conclusions. Favorite Quote: The world is Trouble. . d Grace. That is all there is.

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