Article Title

If You're Reading This


Cynthia Frazier


Outstanding, Primary, Intermediate, Young Adult, Trent Reedy, Sisters, Soldiers, Friendship, High School, Letters, Family, Mother, Football, Afghanistan, Teamwork, Brotherhood

Document Type

Book Review


Everyone said that Mike’s dad was a hero and that he died fighting for his county, but that didn’t make being fatherless an easy thing to live with. About eight years later, just before Mike's sixteenth birthday, the first letter appears in the mailbox. It begins, “Dear Michael, If you’re reading this . . .” The letters are like a conversation with the man who had died when he was a child; letters full of love, support, and advice from the grave. Just as soldiers complete missions, Mike is given ‘missions’ from his father that encouraged him to try new things and follow his dreams. One of his hardest missions involves his mother who doesn't understand him at all and his pest of a younger sister. But a soldier never refuses a mission, right? Mike knows that one of his dad’s fellow soldiers has to be sending the letters to him, but no one will help him find the answer he needed to know. Mike begins his search for the truth behind his father's death.