Gecko, Terence, and Arjay are three boys serving time for a variety of different criminal activities. Douglas Healy gives the boys a second chance by starting a half way house focused on their rehabilitation. Things aren’t easy, nor do they get any easier when an accident sends Healy to the hospital with amnesia. The boys desperately try to hold it together so they aren’t forced back into a broken system.
We just finished reading Schooled as a part of a student vs. teacher competition on my campus and I was craving some more Gordon Korman. I’ve had this book for a year but hadn’t had a chance to read it yet when I noticed the audio at the public library. The audio was very well done, and the story was fantastic. In true Korman fashion there are moments of absolute humor and absolute heartbreak. Gecko reminded me so much of one of my students. He’d loved the book last year, and now I know why-it’s his story!
Recommended Ages: Grades 7 and up
Genre: Realistic Fiction (or in my library under Tough Stuff)
Overall Opinion: Recommended
Source: Audio Book
Quote that sums up my life, “Things are crazy and getting crazier but life has to be faced.”