Are you destined to follow in your father or mother’s footsteps? Or do you make your own future? Miles is a typical American teenage boy doing his best to dodge the temptations of his father and uncle’s past. When they were younger they spend many nights in juvenile prison, but Miles’s father wants better for his son and makes great sacrifices so that he can attend a boarding school across town. Miles’s uncle is dead but only Miles knows how he died and his illegal behavior. No matter how hard Miles tries to stay out of trouble, trouble seems to find him. After being suspended from school he continues to has trouble with his history teacher Mr. Chamberlain. Chamberlain seems to have something against Miles to keep him down and into trouble. Miles wonders if there is more to Mr. Chamberlain than most people know. Miles also has another issue, he is also Spiderman. He doesn’t want to be Spiderman and the risks and obligations it requires but does he have a choice? Haunting dreams come to him in the night that cause him to question his destiny and what he needs to do to stay out of trouble in school and with his parents.
This is a strong contender for the Oklahoma Sequoyah Award. Jason Reynolds is an amazing young adult author. Students will love this story and I am thrilled to have this book in our collection and nominated for the Sequoyah Award.
Review of Braced by Alyson Gerber (2019 Oklahoma Sequoyah Nominee)
Review of Children of Blood and Bone by Toni Adeyemi (New York Times Bestseller)