Author: Katherine Holubitsky Copyright Date: 2008
Gordie Jessup is just trying to survive as his family falls apart in the face of his brother’s addiction to crystal meth. A compelling story which never lets you go. Told in a diary style with the intension of highlighting the troubles and pitfalls of drugs, Holubitsky never gets preachy. A great addition to a 6-12 library.
The first chapter would make a good introductory read aloud and would offer opportunities for looking at predicting, connecting and use of flashback.
Rating: #1(Highly Recommended) ✓ #2 #3 #4 (not acceptable)
Interest Level: Grade 7-9 Reading Level: Grade 7+
Curriculum Area: Language Arts, Social Studies, Health
Theme(s) Topic(s): Drug addiction, survival, family relationships
This book would be suitable for: ✓ Lit Circles ✓ Kit Materials ✓Read-Aloud (Gr.)