December’s Destiny


For the month of December, Librarian Fran Karmann has chosen to appeal to WCHS students with the riveting story that Holly Goldberg Sloan tells through her novel I’ll Be There, a 2012 YALSA Best Fiction Award Winner for Young Adults (Young Adults Library Services Association). Sloan tells readers about the story of Emily Bell and Sam Border. The meeting between these two teens changes both their lives in a significant way, coming to mean a great deal to one another. By meeting Sam, Emily comes to believe in destiny and helps to show Sam the warmth that is missing from his own family’s life. The connection of these two teens will be tested when they become stranded in the wilderness, testing more than just their survival skills.

Karmann hopes that by reading this novel, students are able relate to the teens within the story and even learn how it feels to live in an unstable environment, perhaps helping them to appreciate their own lives.

“I think a couple of things captured my attention. First, the shoes on the book, signifying walking in someone else’s shoes, like the two brothers on their journey to find their place in life,” said Karmann. “And also, how the choices we make send ripples out across the world. It made me think about fate and destiny and karma. But mostly about love. All kinds of love.”