Do you know anyone that has been dealt a bad hand in life? It can be tough watching him or her struggle, knowing that it wasn’t his or her fault. In Tim Green’s Unstoppable, Harrison Johnson, a 13-year-old foster child, is in the process of being adopted by a horrible family when something happens that alters his future. Harrison is quickly placed into another home with a nice couple, which makes him question if his new life can really be this good. With his foster father being a football coach and him wanting to play, he joins the team, but his life will never be the same. This book is about a foster child, like One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt, but it goes down a road where unbelievable strength and hope is necessary for survival. I would rate this book 5 out of 5 stars due to Green’s ability to reveal the amount of courage needed to beat overwhelming odds. If you wanted to find a role model for inspiration, then Harrison in Unstoppable can be that guy.
Recommended by Dae’zha L.
Sometimes you have to learn how to trust people even if your family lets you down. This book is about a brother and sister trying to find a better home because their mother was going through problems. This reminds me of Annie because it has orphans and kids trying to escape. You have to remember to keep God in your pocket. You have to believe he’s guiding you even if you’re having a hard time in life. Even if your family members are having problems, never give up. This is a valuable lesson I learned from reading this book. I would give this book 5 out of 5 stars. You should read this book if you like caring families that welcome anyone in their family for love and support.
Recommended by Mr. Stephens (September winner of Jimmy John’s gift card)
Have you ever desperately wanted to fit in but felt that you simply didn’t or couldn’t? It can be an overwhelming feeling. In Lynda Mullaly Hunt’s One for the Murphys, Carley Conners, a child in foster care due to unpleasant circumstances, finds herself in the care of the Murphys. Already feeling out of place, she struggles to connect with any of the them because she believes their kindness is fake. As the days progress with her still in the house, Carley fights herself to realize what a loving mother actually looks like. This is a book that forces the reader to understand the mind and actions of a teenager that feels betrayed, which was heartbreaking to read at times. I would rate this book 4.5 out of 5 stars due to Hunt’s ability to play with the reader’s emotions. If you want to comprehend possible thoughts of a child in foster care, then Lynda Mullaly Hunt’s One for the Murphys can definitely open your eyes.