Trouble by Gary D. Schmidt


A dog, a mountain, and an ancient slave ship are featured in this latest page-turner from a versatile, award-winning author.Climbing Katahdin, the highest mountain in Maine, is the goal that Henry sets himself when his brother dies following a car accident. Along with his dog, his best friend, and-surprisingly-the Cambodian boy whose car was involved in the fatal accident, Henry experiences a journey that is both physically daunting and spiritual...

Details Trouble

Release DateMay 1st, 2008
PublisherScholastic Audio Books
GenreYoung Adult, Realistic Fiction, Fiction, Teen

Reviews Trouble

  • Betsy
    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 B...
  • JonathanT
    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. An...
  • Molly
    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 m...
  • Chris
    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...
  • Jenna Buss
    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' gr...
  • Heather
    (This is my Amazon 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 mot...
  • Ryan
    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 compa...
  • Dian Cronan
    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, th...
  • Joyce Yattoni
    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 realist...
  • Logan 2-3
    This book is like many others, it takes time to get started. At most parts, it seems it is dragging on. It took me a while to get interested but after the first couple chapters, it definitely started picking up. The plot is one that leaves you hanging and questioning what's going to happen next. But at the same time, I think some parts are unnecessary. Overall, this was an average book that deserves 3 stars. When you get to parts that are more in...
  • Lisa Simmons
    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 mod...
  • Jack 2-3
    This was an average book that lacked in many parts such as its speed and character development. Some of the side characters such as Sanborne have very underdeveloped story lines that if brought up more could be an interesting side story. The speed of the book was very slow and could become very boring at parts. But when the book speeds up it becomes pretty good and makes the whole book worth reading.
  • Sam 2/3
    I liked this book very much. I like how they incorporated history into it. I believe that black dog was a representation of Franklin because of how black dog had parts of his ear missing and Franklin lost his arm and they were trouble makers and liked to explore.
  • Jenny Baker
    What a great story. I loved the author’s style. This is a story I’ll think about for a long long time.
  • Laura
    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 hav...
  • Alyssa
    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 o...
  • Stacy
    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...
  • Jamie
    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 tha...
  • Susan
    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 ...
  • Joe
    I think this may be my second or third favorite Gary Schmidt novel. I loved the attention to detail and the deep, rich, story line, and the realistic characters. I could see myself teaching this novel to my 9th graders. Very profound truths to explore. I don't know if students would get into it on their own, though.I talked it up so much to one class that they chose it as a read-aloud. Half the class did;t like it, but those with any sort of lite...
  • Rebecca
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    Another fabulous book by Gary Schmidt. I hope he wins the Newbery for this one!
  • Cindy Dobrez
  • Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
    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 h...
  • Kamden M
    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 th...