To help our students develop a real love of reading and to enhance literacy skill growth, we need to lead them to books in which they will find something of themselves either in the characters or the situations or their passions and interests. My generation was not lucky that way to go into a library and find books that we could identify with on a very personal level. That might be one reason why few ever went beyond high school. But today, there are books like the one I speak about in this podcast that present characters and situations that a reader like myself could have identified with way back when. I explore why in this podcast.