Messed Up by Janet Nichols Lynch
RD is repeating the eighth grade but since he's already almost sixteen he's not even worried about passing his classes--he knows they are going to have to let him move on to high school, no matter what happens this year. His grandma left him with her boyfriend Earl when she met a new man. Earl's okay though, he doesn't really ride on RD about much and so life is looking pretty good. Mostly RD is excited about having a kicked back year with his homies but suddenly everything changes. Earl's health fails. Now RD's new goal in life, okay probably the first goal he's ever had period, is figuring out how to stay out of foster care.
Set in our own Central Valley, RD's story of sadness, hunger, violence and growth will stay with you long after you read the last page. I couldn't put this book down and I'd like to know if the same is true for you so please give it a try and then complete this form afterwards.