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Timothy is on house arrest for the next year. That is his sentence for stealing a credit card to help pay for his disabled baby brother’s medicine. Timothy has a lot to deal with in this unfortunate circumstance that he put himself in: he has to meet with a probation officer, take care of his mom and little brother, and stay sane, all to prove to the judge he would never steal again. 

BTSYA / Teen Reader (17):
This book is amazing and I have nothing but the highest praise for it. The writing is simple, yet I was so invested in the story that I lost track of time. I felt as though I was reading a younger teenager’s journal. It is an emotional journey that has you crying one second and smiling the next. House Arrest is relatable on many different levels and brought back memories of one of my friends growing up. It brought out so many emotions that I never wanted it to end.

That is my one complaint. It didn't feel finished. It was like watching the cliffhanger to a show that just got canceled. The ending feels too rushed and left me wanting more, but not in a good way. The story stops at a spot where I felt myself getting frustrated at the book instead of remembering how much I loved the rest of it. It made me want to write a more conclusive ending to the book.

Type of Book:
This is a middle-grade novel in verse that is a very realistic look at life for a young boy having to make difficult decisions. The book will appeal to teens and young adults and is an excellent high interest/low reading level option.
Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
10 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
10 and Up
Age of child:
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer Age: 17
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. The book deals with some serious themes (and you might want to read this before your kids do). It is also a novel in verse, so you might want to see if you like this style of writing before you invest in the book.

Title House Arrest
Author Kari Anne "K. A." Holt
Publisher Chronicle Books © 2016 (Reprint Edition)
ISBN 9781452156484
Material Paperback
Cost $7.99
Genres Family, Emotions and Feelings, Poetry, Social Issues
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