by Gary D. Schmidt
Grades 7 and up
When Joseph Brook comes to live with Jack’s family as a foster child, Jack’s entire world changes. Joseph was just released from a juvenile facility because he tried to kill one of his teachers. He also has a three month old daughter, who he would do anything to go see. But as Jack soon learns, Joseph’s story is so much more than that. Told in lyrical prose, this moving story of Joseph and the odds stacked against him is hard to put down. Highly recommended for grades 7 & up.