Unity Club by Karen Spafford-Fitz
Orca Book Publishers | August 28, 2018
Brett is president of her school’s Unity Club. When a new group home for at-risk youth opens in the neighborhood, Brett becomes friends with Jude, one of the boys who lives at the home.
After a series of acts of vandalism, the community starts demanding that the group home be shut down. Brett doesn’t believe that Jude, or any of the other teens, is responsible, but when an elderly woman is seriously injured, Brett begins to have doubts.
Unity Club is about accepting everyone and not judging them before you even get to know them. This book highlights the fact that just because someone comes from an unordinary home, it doesn’t mean that something is wrong with them or that you should assume the worst of them. People believe we should have places like group homes, but place it near them and they quickly change their mind without even giving people a chance, which is wrong.
This is a fast-paced, quick read (like 100 pages) in which I enjoyed all of it. I liked all the points it highlighted about equality and how we shouldn’t judge others before giving them a chance. I think that this is something that everyone struggles with and it’s not fair to people like Jude who didn’t really have a choice in his lot in life. I would recommend this book to everyone.
Thank you NetGalley and Orca Books Publishers for an advanced copy of this book in return for an honest review.