The Porcupine of Truth
Carson Smith isn't thrilled to be spending the summer with her estranged dad in Billings, Montana. But then he meets Aisha Stinson, the most beautiful girl he's ever seen. And the smartest. And the funniest. They connect like he never has with anyone. Also she's a lesbian. So there's that. Carson's dad is still bitter about the disappearance of his dad more than thirty years earlier. When Carson and Aisha discover a box full of cards from his grandfather, some of them recent, they realize the old man is still out there somewhere. What are two bored teenagers in the middle of nowhere to do? So Carson and Aisha begin a journey with no destination, to find a man who wanted to be lost, in an unreliable Dodge Neon, with one very prickly mascot. And what comes next is an extraordinary, enlightening, hilarious, inspiring, complete and utter mindblower of a road trip that will transform both their lives.
Family Relationships; Racial Diversity; LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Disability and Health; Separation; Homelessness; Interracial; Gay/Lesbian; Addiction; separated parents; homeless teenager; interracial friendship; lesbian; lesbian teenager; alcoholism
Black (African American) / White
Best Books for Teens, 2015
Booklist Top 10 LGBTQ for Youth, 2015
Rainbow List, 2016
YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2016
Mike Morgan and Larry Romans Children's and Young Adult Literature Award, 2016, Winner, Young Adult
teenagers; missing persons; voyages and travels; family problems; coming of age; friendship; summer vacation; zoo
Konigsberg, Bill, "The Porcupine of Truth" (2015). Diverse Families. 796.