A 2017-2018 Missouri Mark Twain Readers Award nominee (grades 4-6).
Timothy is on house arrest for a year and must keep a journal and meet with a probation officer and a psychologist during that time. Through Timothy's journal we learn that he is hot-tempered but also that he is a caring big brother. His little brother Levi was born with a too thin trachea, so he has to have a trach tube to breathe and needs constant care and supervision.
I really enjoyed this book, although I didn't love the ending. This book is written in verse, and I wasn't sure what my 5th grade son would think, but he liked it--he agreed about the ending though. I've had several other kids tell me they loved it. For me that's a much better endorsement than anything I could say.
Well written and a fantastic journey through the emotions of a young boy dealing with grown up issues. Recommend for young adults and adults alike. Fast read that you won't want to put down.
This was the kind of book that jabs you in the heart a couple of times and leaves you wandering whether you want to smile, cry, hit something, or all of the above. The verse is perfect for such vivid emotion, and the wit of the narrator lightens the drama just enough to keep it from being overwhelming. Amazing read!
So, those "frustratingly mixed messages" mentioned in the Kirkus review for House Arrest? I loved them. This book does an excellent job of showing how incredibly unfair life can be, and how doing the wrong thing for the right reasons can make a lot of sense. Highly recommend!
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