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Henry Hikes to Fitchburg

A New York Times Bestselling picture book inspired by the life of Henry David Thoreau!

"A masterpiece."—Daniel Pinkwater, NPR Weekend Edition?

Inspired by a passage from Walden, this story follows two friends who have very different approaches to life. When the two agree to meet one evening in Fitchburg, which is thirty miles away, each decides to get there in his own way. The two have drastically different journeys...with surprisingly similar results.

The Boston Globe-Horn Book Award and Ezra Jack Keats Writer Award winning Henry Hikes to Fitchburg is the first book in the Henry series.

Important places

Concord (85)
Fitchburg (5)


Worcester (41)
Middlesex (376)


Massachusetts (3,085)


United States (64,950)

Other geographical areas

Appalachian Mountains (1,111)
New England (5,830)