It is a week before Christmas and third-year freshman, Iggy Corso, has been suspended again (this time it’s looking permanent), but that is hardly the worst of his concerns. His mom has been missing for weeks, presumably on a meth-fueled bender, and his father is too drunk or stoned to care. With his principal’s admonition to do “something that contributes to the world” ringing in his ears, Iggy makes a plan. It has five steps:
Written in the first person, from Iggy’s perspective, Saint Iggy is a gritty, urban drama with an amusingly wry voice. Despite its Lexile level of 1190, Saint Iggy’s generous use of whitespace, and realistic teen voice, make it an accessible and engaging read for a fluent high school reader. --Regan Schwartz
Going, K.L. Saint Iggy. New York: Harcourt, Inc., 2006. Print.