On The Hook
Sixteen-year-old Hector has always wished for a better life for his family. And when Hector makes a decision that results in his leaving everything he values in the past and confronting his feelings of guilt, revenge, obligation, and the desire to succeed, he must find the courage to make the right choices. A contemporary novel that broaches heavy topics, the rich characterization of the main character will allow students to understand Hector's reasoning in this story of commitment, compassion, and one’s fierce desire to do what is right. This novel lends itself well in literature circles or as an independent novel study in a senior secondary classroom. The main character’s complexities may be explored in class through discussions and projects, and students may be presented with opportunities to reflect on how life choices and experiences can influence behaviours.