by K.A. Holt
When Timothy steals a wallet to pay for his baby brother’s medicine, he is caught and sentenced to a year’s probation and house arrest. One of the conditions of his probation is to keep a journal and that is what we are reading. It is written in free verse poetry which helps to convey the power and depth of his emotions. Through the year we learn more about Timothy, his baby brother Levi, and the various adults in his life who do their best to care for him. As we watch Timothy process the curveballs that life throws him, we learn alongside him about what is truly important. This moving story shows the potential damage of a wrong decision even if it is for good reasons. Highly recommended for grades 5-8.
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