Jack knows that Joseph isn’t an ordinary foster brother. Joseph tried to kill a teacher. He spent time in a correctional facility. He won’t let anyone touch him. And he has a daughter he desperately wants to see. Although Joseph studiously pushes people away, Jack feels loyal to his foster brother and wants to help him.
Once again, Gary Schmidt creates complex characters who fight against heartbreaking situations. He confronts pain and ugliness, but also shows the beauty of humanity through Jack and Joseph’s different experiences. Schmidt’s lyrical writing tells a powerful story for young adult readers.