by Alice Childress
Overall: 3 out of 5 stars
Category: Multicultural with Urban Emphasis
Personal Evaluation: A children’s librarian I work with recommended this one for this assignment. I read a little bit and then avoided it for a while, unsure if I really wanted to read it based on the subject (13-year-old junkie), but in the end its short length made me give in. In general, I’m glad I did because ultimately it’s a book about hope and about believing in each other (in kids, especially), but I’m not sure I would have read this book on my own.
What might interest children: I’m a bit torn about who I would give this to. The 13-year-old main character suggests that a 12- or 13-year-old reader would be appropriate, but all the drugs and grittiness of it really make me hesitate. I could see it being compelling for a kid who was going through addiction or recovery, or had a friend or sibling who was, or possibly for suburban kids who want to “live vicariously,” if you will. But in general, I think it’d be a tough one to sell.