Life is full of choices. One choice can lead to another. Some can take us down the wrong path, and others can lead us to glory. Our background leads us down a road that is chosen for us, but eventually we choose our own path.
Each of the three books selected for the Great Stories CLUB focuses on a character that struggles with a choice that will determine the course of his or her life:
Sold by Patricia McCormick. Hyperion, 2006
Thirteen-year-old Lakshimi is sold into prostitution in Calcutta when her Nepal village is hit by a monsoon. Drugged, raped, and beaten, she must find a way to escape.
Tyrell by Coe Booth. Scholastic, Inc., 2007
Tyrell can’t get a break. He is living in a shelter with his mom and little brother, his father is serving time in jail, and his girlfriend is supporting him. He is desperate to find a way to make money to get himself out of this slump.
Hole in My Life by Jack Gantos. Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2002
The author tells how he was able to rise above an arrest for smuggling drugs and doing time in jail and become an acclaimed writer for teens and children.
The theme and titles were selected by YALSA’s Outreach to Young Adults with Special Needs Committee.