The Porcupine of Truth (Prebound)

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From the award winning author of Openly Straight comes a heartwarming tale of friendship, acceptance and self discovery. The characters are well crafted and the story wonderfully written. I think everyone should read this book. Also, there's a porcupine.


Coming of age? Road Trips? Family Secrets? What more could you want from a good YA read? Carson isn't excited about spending his summer with his estranged father, but he meets Aisha and the two of them end up embarking on an adventure to discover the story behind his grandfather's disappearance 30 years earlier. Funny, sad, tender, and moving this story brings together unlikely characters and tells an important story. Deserved winner of the Stonewall Book Award, a YALSA best books for young adults selection, and Lambda Literary Award finalist.



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.

About the Author

Bill Konigsberg is the author of "Openly Straight," which won the SCBWI Sid Fleischman Award for Humor and was named to the YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults list; "The Porcupine of Truth," which won the Stonewall Book Award and was named a "Booklist" Editors' Choice selection; and "Out of the Pocket," which won the Lambda Literary Award. Bill lives in Chandler, Arizona, with his husband, Chuck. Please visit him online at and @billkonigsberg.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780606391238
ISBN-10: 0606391231
Publisher: Turtleback Books
Publication Date: August 30th, 2016
Pages: 336
Language: English