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Editorial Reviews


"Many remakes of classic stories stay so close to their source texts it seems pointless not to simply read the original. Sometimes the remake gets it just right, creating a story that stands alone on its merits. You Don't Know about Me, Meehl's revision of Huckleberry Finn, is one of those."
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Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, March 14, 2011:
"Meehl doesn't pull any punches as his characters undergo their own journeys to freedom in this powerful, intelligent tale."

About the Author

BRIAN MEEHL and Billy Allbright have something in common. They've both ridden zigzag trails. Meehl's first zig was puppeteering on Sesame Street. Then he zagged to writing for kids' television and picked up three Emmys along the way. He is also the author of the hilarious and inventive Out of Patience and Suck It Up. Living 250 yards from where Mark Twain died 100 years ago, Meehl has a chronic fear of the Master appearing and intoning, "The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated, as well as your authorial skills. I recommend a swift retreat to puppeteering."

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (May 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385739095
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385739092
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,577,470 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Ex-muppeteer and 3-time Emmy winner, Meehl is thrilled to be immersed in his first great love: books. SUCK IT UP AND DIE is his fourth novel for youthful readers. He has also just released his first adult novel, PASTIME. For more on Meehl, check out his author website,

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By avidheart on August 11, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Wow! I had just finished reading The Bowl of Light by Hank Wesselman, one of the most intense books I've read on the mystery of life. I felt exhausted and felt I would have to read it again to attempt to grasp some of the profound material. Then I opened Brian Meehl's You Dont Know About Me. From page one it turned out to be one stupendous joyride full of laughter and insight and knowledge of that intriguing question mark... THE MIDWEST! I am 65 so you know, and I lived in Lawrence, Kansas one unforgettable year. But I felt like I was going up and down like a kid on a bike on a delightful country road, without cares or worries, following the adventures of our adolescent hero. Unbeknownst to me, I also found myself on a trek rediscovering Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn and his companions, chasing, hiding, running away, while roaring with laughter through little nameless towns even the Lord has forgotten they existed. In and out of Burning Man in the desert like lightning. Just breathless reading. Two thirds through the book I felt as if I was part of the story, I couldn't put it down. Then I sobered up near the end and recognized myself as part of the quest. It's about finding a treasure only to discover YOU ARE IT! I slowed down. Didn't want it to finish. Adventures like these should be as long as the Bible, you know? Who knows... you might learn something precious along the way. Now I'm telling everyone, "You've gotta read this! It's phenomenal!" Some say, " OK, I'll give it a try." Others wanna know, " What's it about?" I smile. Can't tell. "It's about everything!" But my secret is... this book could well be the greatest Huck Finn revival there's ever been! Do check it out and let me know!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susan K. Schoonover VINE VOICE on October 11, 2011
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YOU DON'T KNOW ABOUT ME is a wise, deep, sometimes laugh out loud funny coming of age novel that will appeal to some readers while bewildering, boring and possibly offending others. The book is inspired by HUCK FINN in that it shares several themes with that classic book and the physical novel and its possible sequel play an actual part in the plot. The narrator and protagonist is Billy a sixteen year old boy who has been home schooled by his mother. His mother is virtually a a caricature of an activist evangelical Christian who has no problem breaking society's law for what she deems the greater good. Her protest antics have included going in to stores and blotting out depictions of the devil on groceries sold there and hammering out the "Live Free or Die" slogan on New Hampshire license plates. Needless to say these activities have forced her and Billy to move frequently from town to town and they settle in Independence, Missouri at the beginning of the novel. Billy's mother has always represented herself as the widow of a charismatic preacher. Much to his shock Billy one day gets a package from his father that reveals he has been alive for most of Billy's life, was not a preacher and he and his mother never married.

After the revelation of his mother's lies Billy sneaks away from a bus taking him to a Bible Camp to find the inheritance his father claims to have left for him. He hits the road and by coincidence soon is befriended by a closeted gay baseball player who is being blackmailed by his agent. Ruah, the baseball player, is also a Christian but one of a progressive theology the opposite of what Billy's mother has raised him to believe.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jennifer booth on September 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I really loved this unique book, but it crosses so many genres so creatively, I think there's a danger of its being misunderstood by young adult readers who are making a surface perusal of it. This is especially so because the Random House dust Jacket and the two Amazon reviews by Avidheart and Mathew E.Cohen,leave out a major specific plot element which is a natural counterbalance to a thread of religiousness (which is often satirical anyway). This important secondary plot element is gayness and how it interfaces with religion, and society at large. Meehl engages in a long on-and-off exploration of the issue in really creative and humerus ways, that define this element as a very major sub-plot. I don't want to spoil the surprise of where and how this enters the picture, so I'll say no more. The reviews and dust jacket are also short on summing up other basic plot specifics. Billy Allbright is the sixteen year old narrator of the story who's trapped in the weird bubble of his mom's intensely religious lifestyle. Her take on religion is so over-the-top, one might call her a religious nut. But her antics are funny, and at times, even strangely endearing, because of her innocence. She goes from town to town with poor Billy in tow, performing outrageous acts of guerrilla theater to enlighten atheists and "heretics" (basically members of other religions or any Christian who's not her). But her acts of guerrilla theater are basically harmless and wacky. One time her and Billy run into a supermarket and start crossing out the word "devil" from boxes of Devil Dogs, Devil's Food Cakes, and bottles of Red Devil Hot Sauce. Billy is starting to have (humorously rendered)serious doubts about his mom's interpretations of God and the Bible.Read more ›
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