Brothers Victor and Isaac are living in foster homes over an hour apart. This book is their email correspondence with one another as both try to adjust to their changing world.
While Isaac has been placed in a home where he feels welcome, his older brother Victor is struggling in his placement. There are a lot of kids in his foster home, and he clashes with one of the other children. When Victor is accused of theft, he scrambles to find a way out of his placement.
I missed the first installment in the series, but the book feels fairly self-contained. Bermudez avoids the “info dump” common to sequels by deftly weaving in the fact that the boys are still coping with how they ended up in foster care. The boys’s words feel true to the characters’s ages. Both are teens and sound like it.
The book is fairly short. There isn’t much more to the story than the synopsis above. At 88 pages, the middle grade audience would get through this reasonably quickly.
The book would be an excellent place to start a conversation about foster care and perhaps life with an incarcerated parent.
I was given a complimentary copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.