Nathan Henry’s story is told in chapters alternating between his time in jail and his childhood. And what a childhood it was! With a psycho for a father, Nathan didn’t really have much of a chance of having a normal childhood. He doesn’t present his childhood as an excuse for how he turned out; rather, he matter-of-factly presents his story and it’s up to the reader to decide how much of a role his upbringing played in determining the person he eventually became. At times this book is disturbing (animal slaying mixed with torture was a big part of his childhood) and at times it is heartbreaking. The ultimate message, however, is that people can change, people can overcome anything, and everyone has the power within themselves to decide whether or not they will do the right thing.
Recommended for gr. 10-adult.