The Porcupine of Truth (Paperback)

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When two unlikely teens meet at a time when both are utterly alone, they soon discover enough clues to Carson’s secret family history and set sail on an epic road trip from Montana to California. Their journey is one of discovering what true friendship really means and figuring out their place in the world, especially when dealing with a dying parent, a homophobia, and all the angst of adolescence. It is mysterious and adventurous. It’s witty and clever. With twists and many turns. It’s heart-wrenching and endearing.

— Kristen, TC Co-Owner


The Stonewall Book Award-winning novel from the author of Openly Straight and Honestly Ben
"Words like 'brilliant' are so overused when praising novels--so I won't use that word. I'll just think it." -- Benjamin Alire Saenz, author of Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
"Undeniably human and unforgettably wise, this book is a gift for us all." -- Andrew Smith, author of Grasshopper Jungle

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 discovers a secret regarding his grandfather, who disappeared without warning or explanation decades before. Together, Carson and Aisha embark on an epic road trip to try and 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: 9781338032451
ISBN-10: 1338032453
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Publication Date: August 30th, 2016
Pages: 336
Language: English