by Coe Booth
Many kids in small towns likely know very little about life in an inner city. Hopefully, they know just as little about the foster care system. This novel gives a peek into both those worlds.
Jarrett's mom is a foster parent. He's used to babies coming and going in his life. What he's not used to is a baby that comes with a brother who is actually older than he. Late one night, he finds himself suddenly sharing a room with a boy filled with secrets.
Thinking of himself as a super spy, Jarrett finds far more information than he should about his new roommate. The real challenge is determining the best path he can take with this knowledge. He walks a fine line between trying to help reunite a family and just wanting to have his own room again. Jarrett and Kevon both learn hard lessons about getting along, acting like a responsible person and family dynamics.
This is, at times, a heart-wrenching view into an all too common part of our world. It is also a story with a realistic ending. There's no tidy bow showcasing happily-ever-after: a welcome feature for the genre.