This is based on events in the author's past and certainly provides a different perspective than your average YA novel. Reading about Gantos's exploits was horrifying and fascinating. It explores a crossroads in his life and the path he chose would eventually lead him to a federal prison. The events are rough, but the prose is beautiful "I’d slink back to my room and curl up on the bed like a fish-hook and cry until I was rusty."
The Trouble in Me by Jack Gantos
7th & 8th grade
Tags: Character Driven, Issues Fiction