Monday, November 12, 2012

A Teen-Approved eBook

Okay, yeah, I admit that sometimes it's hard to find a good teen eBook that doesn't have a ton of holds on it already. Here's one that shows up under the regular fiction eBooks that I bet you'll love, though: When I Found You by Catherine Ryan Hyde. It's based on a short story called "The Man Who Found You in the Woods." Listen to a podcast of that story here. (If you don't want to read it on your computer, phone, tablet, or eReader, we also have some of her other books in the regular print format, including the one that inspired the movie Pay It Forward.)

I've done this special event for teens called Story Talk a few times now, first with our teen volunteers, and then with some inmates at the Juvenile Detention Center. It's kind of like a short story book club: we read a story out loud and then discuss it. This story has been one of the favorites both times: it starts with something straight out of the headlines: a man finds a newborn baby abandoned in the woods in the dead of winter.

What happens next might surprise you. The man never gives up feeling like fate led him to find the baby, and like he should take him in and raise him. The boy doesn't find out what happened until later, after his grandmother gives up on him and gives him to the man after all as a teenager. The boy does time in juvie, and makes a lot of bad choices in life. But if you read this story, you'll find a happy ending of sorts after all, and a lot of plain truths that will speak to you just like they spoke to the teens in Story Talk.

Happy reading,

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