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If you're reading this
Reedy, Trent, author.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Arthur A. Levine Books, 2014.
Physical Description:
296 pages ; 22 cm
For a responsible sixteen-year-old, Michael Wilson has a lot of problems--his father was killed in Afghanistan in 2005, his overworked and overprotective mother will not talk about their situation, and does not want him playing football, and he has suddenly started to receive letters that his father wrote before his death.
Reading Level:
700 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG+ 4.6 13.0 168150.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 4.3 21 Quiz: 63421.
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From the author of Words in the Dust , a book about a son reconnecting with the father he lost in Afghanistan.

Mike was seven when his father was killed in mysterious circumstances in Afghanistan. Eight years later, the family still hasn't recovered: Mike's mom is overworked and overprotective; his younger sister Mary feels no connection to the father she barely remembers; and in his quest to be "the man of the family," Mike knows he's missing out on everyday high school life.

Then, out of the blue, Mike receives a letter from his father - the first of a series Dad wrote in Afghanistan, just in case he didn't come home, meant to share some wisdom with his son on the eve of Mike's 16th birthday. As the letters come in, Mike revels in spending time with his dad again, and takes his encouragement to try new things - to go out for the football team, and ask out the beautiful Isma. But who's been keeping the letters all these years? And how did Dad actually die?

As the answers to these mysteries are revealed, Mike and his family find a way to heal and move forward at last.

Author Notes

TRENT REEDY is the author of Words in the Dust , winner of the Christopher Medal and an Al Roker's Book Club pick on the Today Show , Stealing Air , and Divided We Fall . Trent and his wife live in Spokane, Washington. Please visit his website at .

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Mike Wilson is a good kid. He gets good grades, works at the farm of a family friend to help his single mother make ends meet, and even tolerates his obnoxious little sister. His father died a hero in Afghanistan seven years ago, and as Mike's fifteenth birthday approaches, he has begun receiving letters from his dad, delivered by an anonymous member of his father's unit. All Mike wants to do is play football, and when the first piece of his father's serialized advice encourages him to embrace the glory days of high school, he forges his mother's signature and joins the team. What follows is hazing from a bully on the team, a complicated relationship with a Muslim girl on the social sidelines, and guilt and confusion about his interwoven secrets. Many readers will anticipate a revelation about a hidden identity, but that won't stop them from enjoying this literary, nuanced, respectful treatment of military themes, sports dynamics, and small-town life.--Barthelmess, Thom Copyright 2014 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Former Iowa National Guardsman Reedy (Divided We Fall) returns to Riverside, Iowa (last seen in his Stealing Air) to tell the coming-of-age story of 15-year-old Mike Wilson, who's still dealing with his father's death in Afghanistan, seven years earlier. Raised by his overprotective mother, Mike yearns to play football, but is pushed to focus on school and his part-time job. When letters written by his father before his death start showing up in the mail from an unknown sender, they give Mike a connection he thought lost forever. With each letter giving him a mission-go to a party, ask a girl out, forgive someone-he finds the courage and motivation to live fully. But in the process, he must confront bullies, get around his mother's disapproval, and find out the truth behind his father's death. Powerful and emotionally raw, with sympathetic characters and a thought-provoking premise, this tale reflects Reedy's strengths: evoking the small-town American spirit, capturing the feel of the military, and getting into the heart of his teenage protagonist. Ages 12-up. Agent: Ammi-Joan Paquette, Erin Murphy Literary Agency. (Aug.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Review

Gr 6-8-Mike Wilson is an ordinary teenager, more responsible, perhaps, than most. His father died in Afghanistan when he was eight. Suddenly, he is getting posthumous advice from his father in the form of letters, the sender of which is a mystery. This is a good premise, if not a Åparticularly original concept. Reedy misses the opportunity to grip his readers by doing the obvious. For example, Mike follows dad's advice-go out for football-only to discover that he's a star player. Mike's relationship with his overly protective mother provides some drama, Åand the developing friendship with his classmate, Isma Rafee, of Persian descent, will appeal to many teens, as will the revelation of the identity of the mysterious letter sender. Although predictable and cliche-ridden, If You're Reading This will appeal to reluctant readers.-Nina Sachs, Walker Memorial Library, Westbrook, ME (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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