Reviewed by Meredith, Librarian
When you work with young people, sometimes you experience burnout. You get annoyed by their loudness, their bad attitudes, their immaturity. Then a book like this comes along and reminds you why you wanted to work with kids in the first place. Because every kid deserves a chance (or two, or three), and every kid deserves to have a least one grownup in their life who believes in them and wants the best for them. When you read the story of Doug Swieteck and the lives he touches and the people who help him, you'll be inspired to be that grownup for every kid you meet. It doesn't hurt that it's also funny as heck and deeply moving. Highly recommended.
Market: Middle Grade
Sensuality: Mild-8th graders in love!
Violence: Moderate. Several of the characters have served in Vietnam,
but that violence is off page. The main character has an abusive
Mature Themes: Abuse, war