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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Cal Armistead  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Young Adult;


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Illinois Connection

Armistead grew up in Naperville.

Biographical and Professional Information

Armistead has had a lifelong passion for writing. She earned her MFA in creative writing from the Stonecoast program at the University of Southern Maine and has written for radio, newspapers and magazines including ''The Chicago Tribune'', ''Shape'' Magazine, ''Body & Soul'' Magazine, ''Christian Science Monitor'', and ''Chicken Soup for Every Mom’s Soul'' just to name a few. ''Being Henry David'' is her first young adult novel. Armistead also works at an independent book store, is a voice-over actress and sings semi-professionally. She currently resides in a Boston suburb.

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Titles At Your Library

Being Henry David
ISBN: 080750615X

INDPB. 2013

Seventeen-year-old “Hank” has found himself at Penn Station in New York City with no memory of anything ―who he is, where he came from, why he’s running away. His only possession is a worn copy of Walden, by Henry David Thoreau. And so he becomes Henry David–or “Hank” and takes first to the streets, and then to the only destination he can think of―Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts. Cal Armistead’s remarkable debut novel is about a teen in search of himself. Hank begins to piece together recollections from his past. The only way Hank can discover his present is to face up to the realities of his grievous memories. He must come to terms with the tragedy of his past, to stop running, and to find his way home.


Being Henry David


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