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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
A Winding Road by Paulette R. Johnson is the exciting story of an immigrant family living in the United States. Twelve-year-old Brian Duncan comes to the United States with a lot of hopes and dreams in his eyes. But his hopes and dreams crash after the experiences his family goes through while living there. At the same time, Brian meets someone who introduces him to street activities. His parents, unhappy with his behavior, threaten to send him back home. He decides to change, study hard and channel his energy in the right manner by playing basketball. But then his old life beckons when his family gets into trouble. And he realizes how dangerous life can be.
The story is a gripping read with a lot of twists and turns. It is a book that any immigrant family living in the United States will enjoy. The book, apart from dealing with the lives of immigrants in the United States, also covers kids dealing with peer pressure and the repercussions they face when they give in. The story line is interesting and will appeal to middle school and high school students. Brian's character has been portrayed well and the other characters in the plot support him and the story line well. The plot is relatable and the classroom activities make the story appealing to school students. The contrasting image of the positive and negative side of society has been handled well by the author. There is also a moral lesson that can be learned from this story.