“Wreath, A Girl” sparks a student discussion on homelessness

Brad Campbell, language arts teacher at an award-winning school, wants his students to make connections between what they read and how they can help change the world.

It all started when Campbell read “Wreath, A Girl,” by author Judy Christie, a novel about a teenager who lives alone in a junkyard and is desperate to graduate from high school.

“When I finished reading ‘Wreath, A Girl,’ I immediately thought of Christa Pazzaglia,” Campbell said. “Her passion to end homelessness through housing is inspirational.”

Pazzaglia, executive director of Hope Connections, a nonprofit homeless coalition based in North Louisiana, describes her job as finding an end to area homelessness, a goal she’s optimistic about reaching.

“The magic of books is that we can enter the world of a person we have no experience with and see what we have in common. Wreath’s circumstances do not define who she is …” Pazzaglia said. “We’re all the same. We can help people change their circumstances but we have to see them as ourselves.”

When more than 100 eighth-graders were assigned to read “Wreath, A Girl,” Campbell met with Christie to discuss ways to deepen the reading experience for his students and suggested a panel discussion with Pazzaglia.

Campbell hopes to build on that with discussions. “My students always become more engaged when they read about someone their own age,” he said. “Wreath faces many of the same problems they face daily with the added pressure of homelessness and keeping her mother’s death a secret.”

He cites a study by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention that estimates there are 1.7 Million homeless and runaway youth in the United States.

Pazzaglia looks forward to the opportunity to help students consider how to unravel answers to complex issues and consider what they might do in a situation like Wreath’s.


For tips on how to plan a discussion at your school or organization, contact author Judy Christie.

High school artist creates her own version of Wreath covers

Meet high school artist Abby Nickels. She loves art and Wreath. So the two had to meet at some point and you can see the fun results on the left. Way to go, Abby!


Want to put your own spin on Wreath? Contact author Judy Christie with your awesome idea.



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Wreath, in College

The Big Easy, a roommate nightmare and campus crime. Wreath needs new survival skills to get through her first semester at college.

When Wreath Willis receives a last-minute scholarship to a university in New Orleans — a city she’s never even visited — she finds the adventure more challenging than her solitary life in the junkyard. Everyone she loves is back in Landry — and it seems like they’re getting along just fine without her. Now Wreath isn’t sure where she fits in. Between her opinionated roommate and a handsome upperclassman who’s way out of her league, she’s forced to examine her past — and her future.

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Wreath, in Summer

Could there be trouble ahead for Wreath after life in the junkyard?

Wreath Willis expects a summer of fun following high school graduation. She has an almost-boyfriend, a roof over her head, and a new grandfather — and the horrid Big Fun is in jail. But the arrival of an intriguing stranger catapults Wreath into a string of adventures and brings her to the brink of danger. But Wreath can figure out what to do. Can’t she?



Wreath, a Girl

Sixteen-year-old Wreath Willis’s mother has died, leaving her alone and determined to pursue the good life — while running from the horrid Big Fun.

To get started, Wreath makes one of her tried-and-true lists in her beloved notebook: “Find a place to live. Buy cheap food. Finish high school. Get a job. Go to college.”

Then she adds: “Avoid notice” — because Wreath is pretty sure most people won’t understand a teenager living alone. In a junkyard.

But it’s hard to go unnoticed when life puts people like the cute boy, Law, on her path. And then there’s Faye, her new boss who relies on Wreath’s creativity to turn a dying business around.

Maybe she’ll quit running and make Landry, Louisiana, her home.

Big Fun will never find her.

Will he?

“Compelling gripping and relevant to what today’s teens are facing. Wreath grabbed hold of my heart and would not let go.” — Janice Thompson, bestselling author



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