Series Name: Gravel Road: Award-Winning Realistic Teen Fiction
Theme: Hi-Lo, mental illness, harassment, relationships, self awareness, high school life, juvenile detention, rehabilitations
Michael Ellis...typical American boy. A little on the geeky side. A good student. An athlete. But something is not quite right.
"I like you because you are different." That's what Ashley had said to him. Different is better than being normal. Michael liked different. It was more interesting than following the crowd. But Ashley wasn't different. And she wasn't interested in dating Michael any longer. That's when Michael Ellis became unhinged. With Ashley's rejection, he does something shocking, and finds himself headed to juvenile detention.
Grade Level: 9 to 12
Approximate Grade-Level Equivalent for Series: 1.6 to 3.5
Lexile Level: HL490L