Bucking the Sarge
By Christopher Paul Curtis
Wendy Lamb Books, 2004. 259 pgs. Young Adult
Fourteen-year-old Luther wants to become a philosopher someday. He already has great ideas; he just needs the college degree to go with it. To save money for college, he runs the Happy Neighbor Group Home for Men that his mother owns. The trouble is he does not like the way his mother runs the place. She is mean and cheap, always trying to find an angle to make a buck. Then one day a new resident comes to live at the home, opening Luther’s eyes to new possibilities of what life could have in store for him.
This very funny book is not for everyone, as it has a few mature themes, but it is well worth the read.