The Best Book No One’s Ever Heard Of

Wisdom Hunter by Randall Arthur This week’s YA Highway – Road Trip Wednesday is about The Best Book No One’s Ever Heard Of.  I’m a bit late, but after commenting on the site I decided to post this to my blog too.

I could probably recommend plenty, but the one I went with is Wisdom Hunter by Randall Arthur.  I chose this one because I thought it had gone out of print, but I found it’s listed right now on Amazon.  It’s also has apparently gone through several covers since I read it on its initial publication.  Anyway, it’s not so likely no one’s ever heard of it.  Nevertheless, here are my thoughts.


I read Wisdom Hunter more than 15 years ago, but I still remember how much it impacted me.  It was recommended to me by a good friend and so I decided to read it sight unseen. I don’t like movie trailers (and other spoilers) so I value the recommendation of someone I trust over product marketers trying to convince me of what I’ll like. I loved it.

This is a story about journey.

It opens with a pregnant young woman, disowned by her father, a conservative, legalistic pastor and a real a$$hole – Jason Faircloth. She tragically dies in childbirth in a traffic jam, but her baby girl survives and is raised the baby’s father (I can’t recall if the two were married), who subsequently takes the baby and moves away. Jason is completely unaware this has happened.

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