It’s time for a new Random Read, which also counts for Gathering Books’ CORL 2014, of course. The random.org website gave me #71 on my Shelfari “Plan to Read” shelf. And I have figured out that I am just not taking the time to update both Goodreads AND Shelfari, so I am planning to “archive” Shelfari and only use it for my “Plan to Read” shelf.
T.J. has always looked out for his little sister, Angela. When Momma used to go out and leave them home alone, he’d lock the door so they’d be safe, keep Angela entertained, and get out the cereal and milk for her. When Momma’s boyfriend got angry at them, he’d try to protect Angela. Later, at their foster homes, T.J. was the only one who knew how to coax his little sister out of her bad moods. The only one who understood why she made origami paper cranes and threw them out the window.
But now T.J. is sitting in the waiting room at the hospital, wondering if Angela, unconscious after a fall, will ever wake up. Wondering, too, if he will ever feel at home with his and Angela’s new parents—Marlene, who insists on calling him Timothy, and Dan, who seems to want a different son.
Going back and forth between Now and Then, weaving the uncertain present with the painful past, T.J.’s story unfolds, and with the unfolding comes a new understanding of how to move forward.
Three initial thoughts:
1. The book has a very striking cover.
2. I have read a great number of books about kids in foster care over the past few months. It will be interesting to see how this one from 2011 stacks up against more recent titles.
3. It has only been checked out of my middle school library once.
2014 Challenges: April Progress
- Goodreads goal of 125 books in 2014: 8 this month; 48 total
- CORL 2014 goal of 25+ books from my “plan to read” shelf: 1 this month–Before You Go by James Preller; 7 total
- Random Reads goal of 1 book per month: Before You Go by James Preller