This book is about 4 kids: Mongoose, Brenda, Sonseray, and April. Mongoose vandalizes with his friend. When he gets his library card he shows an interest in non fiction books. When he gets this library card, he has to deal with his friend who thinks his interest in books is stupid. Brenda is obsessed with TV. She rarely does anything besides watch it. When she gets her library card she starts to learn more about herself, who she never paid much attention to. Her life revolved around a TV screen. This story teaches you that you can always learn more about yourself and pay attention to you. Sonseray is homeless and lives with his uncle in a van. His mother abandoned him long before. Sonseray is a violent child and the library card lets him remember his best childhood memory. April has moved to a new place, much different from the city. She gets made fun of at school. She then enters a book mobile which the library card sends to her. She learns about the hijacker and the reason she hijacked. This story teaches you that people act up and do things for a reason. It's your job to understand them.
I was honestly disappointed with the parent reviews. Yes, the book deals with cutting, vandalism, and hitchhiking but also teaches kids about real life situations. You've got to face it. The world isn't all happy and smiley as you want your kids to believe it is. Kids are out there homeless. These are things that kids have to learn about. I also love how it shows how books can change someones life. That library card brought the children happiness and a sense of adventure, which none of them had before. Though, I do wish the book connected the children in a way. Like, maybe Brenda and Mongoose went to the same school. Sonseray's van could be located in the same neighbourhood. April could also start school where Brenda and Mongoose did. They probably wouldn't be friends, but maybe they could mention each other in each story. After the library cards effect, they could be the good kids in each persons story. I also wish the book was longer.