Friday, May 18, 2007

Do Not Pass Go by Kirkpatrick Hill

Do Not Pass Go by Kirkpatrick Hill.
Deet Aafedt is a young Alaskan boy who wants nothing more than to be organized and invisible; drawing no attention to himself. He loves his parents, but is rather embarrassed by their sometimes childish and irresponsible behavior. When his father is arrested for drug possession, Deet's first thoughts are for himself and how he is going to deal with the other kids at school. As he visits his father in prison, Deet becomes acquainted with various other people visiting inmates. He realizes that they are all real people, not evil bad people that are a disgrace to their families. Helping Deet throughout this trying time is a book of quotations given him by his English teacher. Deet discovers that numerous people throughout history have had reason to make statements that also have an impact on his current situation. All this combined makes for an intelligent book about a young boy realizing there is more to life than just what shows on the surface.