Thursday, April 3, 2014

Best Kid-Review Ever of "The Reluctant Journal"

I've been lucky. "The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen" got a lot of lovely reviews by professionals in various newspapers. But this review, by a Grade 8 student named Vak, is far and away my favourite. He wrote it hoping to win a copy of the book in a contest put on by The Forest of Reading.  I'm rooting for you, Vak!

"I believe this book appeals to the demographic of all the Red Maple readers. It has a subtle mix of happiness, and sorrow, good times, and tragedy, and it talks about real life problems, such as bullying, parents that no longer stay together, teen romance, teen suicide, and obviously WRESTLE MANIA OH YEAH!
But everything aside, I believe that Susin Nielsen has done a spot on job, and has gone above and beyond the call of duty she has done a wonderful job on this book and if it was up to me I would nominate it for a Pulitzer, because as sad as it is to admit this book sums up every teens life in a nut shell.
About 20 percent of teens will experience teen depression before they reach adulthood. Can you believe that 20 percent. 1/3 of teens have been bullied at school. 1/3 THAT'S CRAZY. as sad as it is to admit,
The Reluctant Journal Of Henry K. Larsen isn't the Reluctant journal of Henry K Larsen, but the Reluctant Journal of 20%-1/3 of teens."

Beautiful and heartbreaking all at once. Vak, please get in touch with the Pulitzer committee, I think you're on to something. :-)


  1. Wow. Print this one off and frame it.

  2. I love all your books. Looking forward to your 2015 title!

  3. Great advice Carol Anne, and thank you Sylvia! I enjoyed talking to you the other day.