Zoe Broderick, 9
The basis of the The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls is that it follows a girl named Jeanette on her journey through an unusual childhood. Her father is a genius of some sort; he doesn’t exactly fit in with mainstream society. He has big dreams to build his family a “Glass Castle,” after he finds gold with his new invention. “the Prospector.”
He keeps moving his family around in search of gold, and sometimes they go hungry and only stay in places for a couple of nights. However, Jeanette really believes that her dad is going to find gold.
As the book progresses, Jeanette realizes that the tougher parts of her life, like hunger and living in their car, are not part of other people’s childhood or the great adventure that her family thinks they’re living.
This book is an honest autobiography that is simply telling the raw, unfiltered story of one of the most unbelievable childhoods ever lived. If you're looking for a good intro book to nonfiction, then this is the book for you!