List of Cages (A List of Cages)

List of Cages  (A List of Cages)

When Adam Blake lands the best elective ever in his senior year, serving as an aide to the school psychologist, he thinks he's got it made. Sure, it means a lot of sitting around, which isn't easy for a guy with ADHD, but he can't complain, since he gets to spend the period texting all his friends. Then the doctor asks him to track down the troubled freshman who keeps dodging her, and Adam discovers that the boy is Julian--the foster brother he hasn't seen in five years.

Adam is ecstatic to be reunited. At first, Julian seems like the boy he once knew. He's still kind hearted. He still writes stories and loves picture books meant for little kids. But as they spend more time together, Adam realizes that Julian is keeping secrets, like where he hides during the middle of the day, and what's really going on inside his house. Adam is determined to help him, but his involvement could cost both boys their lives.--from the publisher

320 pages   978-1484776407   Ages 14 and up

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This book features themes of compassion that are similar to , so this might be a more fitting book for high school students (it does have a little bad language). Julian is that weird quiet kid who stays invisible--every school has this kid. Nobody can quite remember who he is and they don't really see him. The reader knows that Julian is being abused badly and I, for one, kept turning pages and yelling at the characters in the book to get a clue. Adam befriends Julian and tries to include him in his life, but Adam's friends, the cool kids, initially make fun of Julian for being dorky. What made the book resonate with me was that once the other teens realize what is going on, once they really see him, they drop the bullying and develop deep sympathy and compassion for him. As a high school librarian, I have seen this in my school. Teenagers are not truly bullies, but will step up and do what is right once they understand a person more fully. is ultimately a book full of hope that will inspire you to look more compassionately at your classmates.
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