Timothy is on probation. It's a strange word--something that happens to other kids, to delinquents, not to kids like him. And yet, he is under house arrest for the next year. He must check in weekly with a probation officer and a therapist, and keep a journal for an entire year. And mostly, he has to stay out of trouble. But when he must take drastic measures to help his struggling family, staying out of trouble proves more difficult than Timothy ever thought it would be. By turns touching and funny, and always original, House Arrest is a middle grade novel in verse about one boy's path to redemption as he navigates life with a sick brother, a grieving mother, and one tough probation officer.
This is not only a quick read--it is a must read. Timothy is one of those characters that shows his raw emotions, and you cannot help but root for him. He makes some rash decisions, but he does it with a pure heart. I cannot say enough about this book. Don't walk to get it from the library--run. Then, pass it on to a friend.