Dark Sons by Nikki Grimes
Sam feels betrayed when his father leaves him and his mother to marry another woman. He struggles with his faith and his father’s devotion to his new family. Sam’s story is paralleled by the Biblical account of Ishmael.
Why I loved it:
This novel is written in verse, and I think that element is well done. Although I have never been in a situation like Ishmael and Sam’s, I was able to feel deeply for their challenges. The book provides believable dynamic characters, and I loved seeing how the characters progressed over the course of the book.