Chris Crutcher. 2007. New York, New York: HarperCollins. pp. 316. U.S. $16.99
A coming-of-age story that has the capability to help students, who have undoubtedly lost friends and family, to sort through the shock of grave news. Through Ben’s mistakes and good-intentions-turned-awry, the readers have the opportunity to evaluate the ripples of their actions, the importance of forgiveness and honesty, and the fragility of life, helping to dispel the common teenage “it couldn’t happen to me” fallacy. That is a powerful tool in the hands of young people.
This book is a teacher’s dream. Simply stated.