“The Way to Stay in Destiny” by Augusta Scattergood is a story of belonging, interdependence, extended family, and friendship. Unlike other novels set in Florida, “The Way to Stay in Destiny” doesn’t have alligators, endangered owls or marine life. Yet, like every town in Florida, it has plenty of baseball and sticky heat.
Due to series of unfortunate events, Theo leaves behind everything he has ever known, his friends, his family, and his school. He arrives to Destiny with one bag and Uncle Raymond. Things are not looking up. Still he tries to find his way to stay in Destiny.
Scattergood masterfully weaves a complex background plot of family dynamic and disagreements, the legacy of Vietnam War, and how it feels to come of age in the time of personal uncertainty.
This novel is bound to be liked by all students. A must read for grades 4 to 7.
The Way to Stay in Destiny – Lesson Plan