The Other Wes Moore

in Essential Reads

Author: Wes Moore
Review by Essentialmom (for ages 12+)
This is a very intense book which we read in our mother-son book club.  It is best read in discussion and I would say that it is ages 12+ but with a more mature group.  It is an inspiring and educational story about two boys — one who ends up in jail for murder, one who becomes a White House Fellow and Rhodes Scholar.  Both boys start their lives in the same area of Baltimore, poor, disadvantaged, and with single mothers.  The story leads us through big life questions — what happens with the choices we make, what makes a success, how can you fight to earn your place in the world and what are some barriers that people face to this success.  A great book, but with the disclaimer that there are real life scenarios that are discussed as the boys make their choices — drug trade, poverty, and other roadblocks to these mens’ futures.  A great piece for discussion.
Rating 3 out of 5