If You’re Reading This

If You're Reading ThisIf You’re Reading This
by Trent Reedy
Grades 7 & up

Mike’s dad died serving in Afghanistan seven years ago, when Mike was eight-years-old. Now that he is almost sixteen, letters from his father have started arriving. They were written while he was deployed, and scheduled to be sent to Mike in case he died, but not until his sophomore year of high school. They contain advice that Mike’s dad had written to his son’s future self, and Mike tries to follow the advice. This shakes up the routine at home, where Mike’s mom, working two jobs, fiercely limits her children’s activities. Can Mike become the person he wants to be, the person his dad wanted him to be, without destroying what is left of his family in the process? Includes play-by-plays of high school football games. Recommended for grades 7-10.

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