Written by K.A.Holt
Timothy stole a wallet. But even with a good reason, a broken law leads to arrest. In this case, house arrest for one year. He must meet with a probation officer once a week as well as a therapist. Timothy must also keep a journal. This novel in verse is his journal.
It starkly portrays the nightmare this boy is facing. His little brother is very ill with a trach that often needs to be cleaned or changed. Dad left, Mom has to work so part-time nurses come and go. The story is all about strong sibling loyalty and making difficult choices.
The best format for telling this story is the novel in verse as it allows for short, strong thoughts and feelings to be jotted down as a 14 year old is most likely to write. It shows the frustration, pain, and humor Timothy experiences every day.
Teachers, parents, and librarians should latch onto this book for their collections. It should definitely be on book club and/or reading lists. While it is enlightening for readers to see what other families are dealing with, it is also comforting for readers with like challenges to realize they are not alone in their struggles.
Core curriculum standards will be in the area of literature as it is an excellent example of a novel in verse.
- Title: House Arrest
- Author: K.A.Holt
- Publisher: Chronicle Books, 2015
- Reviewer: Elizabeth Swartz
- Format: Hardcover. 304 pages
- ISBN: 978-1452134772
- Genre: Fiction
- Grade level: 4 to 9