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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  1,144 ratings  ·  252 reviews
When I first got to Progress, it freaked me out to be locked in a room and unable to get out. But after a while, when you got to thinking about it, you knew nobody could get in, either.

It seems as if the only progress that's going on at Progress juvenile facility is moving from juvy jail to real jail. Reese wants out early, but is he supposed to just sit back and let his f
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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published February 1st 2010 by Harper Collins
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Lars Guthrie
Start your story with a fourteen-year-old boy. He’s African-American. His father is not always around, and is abusive when he is. His mother is an addict. Most of the kids he knows are thugs.

He’s doing time for stealing a doctor’s prescription pad. Locked up in a dirty, tough New York juvenile facility, ironically named the Progress Center, he’s trying to walk a thin line between maintaining some dignity and staying meek enough to earn his release.

The story has to be in first person. It has to
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Karen Ball
Reese is 14 and in the second year of his sentence at the Progress juvenile detention center. He was arrested and convicted for stealing a doctor's prescription pads, and selling them to a drug dealer. If he behaves and follows all the rules, he might be able to get out early, especially if he gets good reports from his work assignment at a nearby nursing home. If he can't manage that, he'll get sent "upstate" and the prison there is far worse, with much less chance of getting out alive. Reese i ...more
Phoebe
Quick read, but has some language. Story of a 15 year old boy who is in jail for stealing a drug prescription pad and trying to figure out how to straighten out his life when he gets out.
NebraskaIcebergs
Lockdown is my sixth book by Walter Dean Myers. Unlike some of my earlier selections, Lockdown is written in straightforward prose instead of an alternate format such as script or verse. In being about a teenager who is locked up in a juvenile detention facility, Lockdown also makes my third book by Myers which focuses exclusively on street youth. Each new reading selection has heightened my respect for Myers as an author; Lockdown is no exception.

For those who are sheltered from the street life
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Myles Messner
In Walter Dean Myers' story, Lockdown, he tells the story of a young teen who just wanted to help his family but made the wrong choices trying to help. Reese, a nice young boy wanted to help his mother by helping her pay for stuff at home. Him being young, and living In a bad location, came upon wrong choices. He would steal from doctors and sell stolen pills to people on the street. He was caught by the police and brought to a juvinial detention. He will do anything to get home early to make hi ...more
Diane Ferbrache
I always read Myers' books and always buy them for my high school library. This one is not his best, but should appeal to teen boys. It's the story of Reese, who's stupid mistake has landed him in Progress -- a juvenile detention facility. Here he is given the opportunity to turn his life around or take the path so many young African-American boys seem to take -- from petty crimes to an endless cycle of violence and then prison. There are some stereotypical characters here, but Myers' purpose se ...more
Anne
Jun 19, 2011 Anne rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: teen
Teenage Reese, serving time at a juvenile detention facility, gets a lesson in making it through hard times from an unlikely friend with a harrowing past.

I was actually pretty surprised at this book. Having missed (to my embarrassment) Myers' other acclaimed teen books, I didn't know what to expect when I picked this one, but I anticipated lots of teen angst and platitudes about life on the streets. What I got instead was an in-depth, honest, open story about one kid trying to put his life toget
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Suzanne
Perhaps more of a 2.75--how's that for hedging? The story is fairly obvious, no surprises, could be construed as didactic, but wouldn't it make sense for a juvie-based novel to have a message: don't do crimes and don't end up in jail? Well, this one has that message, and it's a good one, but I wish the characters beyond the protagonist had interested me a bit more. On the other hand, it's a pretty good pick for reluctant readers who will be interested in the day-to-day of life and fights inside ...more
Terri
When I saw this on the National Book Award finalist list for 2010, I thought - "Another Walter Dean Myers book?" Yawn. However, this book was a pleasant surprise. Myers is controversial. Some have criticized his work for perpetuating stereotypes - here is another book about a black teen who is incarcerated and, through his period of imprisonment, he learns to turn his life around. Myers defends his work by saying that he calls it as he sees it. This is, in fact, the reality for many inner city b ...more
Additeenlibrarian
Walter Dean Myers has spent a lot of time with teenagers, inside and outside of juvenile detention centers, and it shows. This book about 14-year-old Reese in juvie lockup is not full of perfect happy endings and miracle cures. Reese isn't a bad guy, though he was born into bad circumstances and has made a bad decision (yes, he's in juvie because he's guilty). It's easy to get dragged down to the level of the most hopeless in juvenile detention and on the streets. Working at a home for the elder ...more
Chloe Sanders
I really enjoyed this book! The story of Reese was something I could relate to on multiple levels. I got into some trouble as a teen and have a best friend who went to prison for selling illegal substances. This book made me realize how sometimes getting into trouble often makes us a stronger individual; how your eyes are opened by the trials that we are faced with. The story was really great because this kid Reese gets into trouble for selling a prescription note pad to a drug dealer, and when ...more
Jara
Sep 19, 2011 Jara added it
It seems as though the more books I read, the more interesting they become. Previous books that I've read were interesting, but after reading "LockDown" by Walter Dean Myers, it sparked my attention that to me, was really enticing, and made me to a point, not wanting to put the book down for an instant or stop reading at all because that's just how interesting the book became as I started reading it. To me, "LockDown" by Walter Dean Myers was an inspirational story that motivates young adolescen ...more
Bagayoloswagfish
Lockdown. Walter Dean Meyrs. New York: HarperCollins: 2010. 247pp


This would would the second book that I read from Walter Dean Myers and it was an excellent book. The main character is Reese, he is a teenager in juvenile jail. Reese had committed the crime of stealing prescription pads from a doctor office to later sell them to a drug dealer. Sentenced to 32 months in progress Reese had to face multiple obstacles to no get in trouble. He was given multiple opportunities to make himself a better
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Roger Byykkonen
Lockdown is a realistic look into the life a teenager who is in a juvenile correction facility. Reese made a bad choice and was arrested. He is trying to figure out life and how to stop making the wrong choices while at the facility. He shows promise so he is allowed to go to a nursing home for a work release program. After meeting Mr. Hooft, he befriends him and learns some extra lessons on how to make it through his troubles. This was a book which should interest anyone looking at a troubled l ...more
*Marsha,Marsha,Marsha* It's always Marsha
AMAZING AND GRITTY

real world look at the life of kids whose choices are near to nothing. MEYERS is a master if this genre
Andrew Solens
“The place smelled like a hospital. I saw old guys walking down the hall holding hands.”(pg. 4). This is Progress, a wonderful place where you get a room all by yourself where you can’t get out. Progress is a place for special people who have done something wrong and need to be safe. “Lockdown used to scare me, but after a while when you got to thinking about it, you knew nobody could get in.
Reese, a young boy is faced with a kids worst nightmare, being sent to prison or in his case a Juvenile
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William Kinnard
Reese once lived out in the world with the rest of society, but he’s now a criminal living in a correctional facility. Being in the Progress facility has made Reese realize one thing; that once he gets out, he never wants to go back. While at Progress, Reese is put into a work-release program. A couple days every week he will work at a nursing home. If he’s good in the program, that’s just one step closer to freedom for him. He makes a friend while working at the home, and elderly man named Mr. ...more
Avery Pranger
Walter Dean Myers " LOCKDOWN " enticed me with its realistic and very relate-able story.
The theme that I found in this book was that no matter what happens in life you have to hope for the best and keep moving forward. Myers uses a kid named Anderson to describe the life of a young adult in Juvenial Hall.He talks about the way Anderson got into the jail called Progress in the story and the things he has to overcome in order to get out. It also describes his dysfunctional family life, the hard
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David Bernal
I chose this book because it looked like it would be good. Lockdown is about a boy named Reese who is serving time at Progress Juvenile Facility for stealing a prescription pad from a doctor. He gets chosen to do a work-release program at a senior care center where he works with Mr. Hooft.
My favorite quote from the book is "Each time I think there is no place lower to go, I find that there is at least one place that will mess you up worse than your were." I like this quote because every time I t
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Theresa Womack
Lockdown by Walter Dean Myers is a young adult book about a teenage boy who is locked up in a juvenile detention center. "Reese" faces many challenges wile being at Progress. The most important challenge is himself. Will he learn from his mistake and make a better life for himself to help get him, and his little sister away from the rough streets of Harlem? or will he fall back to his street ways? "Reese" is facing more charges from his past offense while in Progress. Should he take the plea and ...more
Brandy
Reese made one bad decision when he was 13--stealing a prescription pad and selling it to a local drug dealer--and now he's serving out 30 months at Progress Center. With good behavior he can get out early and start getting his life on track, and keep his sister on the right track as well. (Who knows about his brother, but Reese is willing to try.) Reese is in a work-release program, but he's blowing through his chances, and all of the administration's goodwill. He doesn't want his only directio ...more
Deasia
Dec 16, 2014 Deasia marked it as to-read
I am reading a book called Lockdown by Walter dean Myers it is about 5 teenagers boys Reese,Play,Diego,Cobo and toon that's spending time behind bars.But i am going to talk about Maurice aka Reese that served 24 months in a program for trouble youth.Reese and progress because he got caught stealing prescription pads from a doctor’s office and selling them to a drug dealer.
Reese desperately wants to be released from Progress, and some of the authorities at Progress have noticed his potential. R
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Jewell
A gritty, coming-of-age tale about a young boy trying to navigate the juvenile detention center and his life. Nominated for a National Book Award, I think the judges were celebrating how fully realized the characters are. The plot could have been stereotypical but it's not. Won't add any spoilers; but I do recommend this book.
Stephanie
I'm going to miss Walter Dean Myers. So thankful that he wrote so many wonderful stories across genre and age range - so much for me to still discover.

Reese is serving time at Progress, a juvenile detention center. He's got to figure out how to change old habits and thought processes during his stay, but many of the systems and personalities at Progress feed the cycle that he needs to break. His one bright spot is his off-site work program at Evergreen, a senior living community.

It's so easy fo
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Aaron
Audience: Intermediate readers.

Appeal: Very interesting read. A real and unique look at life inside juvenile hall. Students that may be at a personal crossroad should read this book.

Awards: 2011 Coretta Scott King Author Honor.
Anthony Thornton
Dec 04, 2014 Anthony Thornton is currently reading it
Reese (main character) is first sent to evergreen but sent back to the work release program which is juvenile prison. Along the way through out evergreen and the work release program many kids are violent, murderess, and scared trying to keep there nose clean otherwise will end up in a worst prison then their al ready in. Mr. Pugh is the guard of the work release program and will torture both friend and foes of Reese. Many people Reese will encounter many other kids such as Toon, play, cobo, and ...more
Thienhuynh
The first chapter I was reading it really good to make people want to follow this book to the end. It about the little boy fourteen years old at 16 he start find a jobs and working. He living in gangsta city and he start to grow in to it. Many time to try to stealing a doctor's pad. Many time he been bully by some kid in school, and he try to get out of it but he get hit all the time when them saw him walking about the school.
Opinion: I think this book make for student who in a bad mode. when t
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Johnsonm
I thought this was a good book but many parts of it are confusing and hard to read through because it was boring. But besides that It was full of action even at the beginning, though it was a little more fantasy than you would think from a prison related book it still showed and made a point that prison is worse than most people think.The author did a good job and left me hanging and which makes me want to read the series even more, and I have looked everywhere for it. Overall It was probably o ...more
Thea
This is a great book for adolescents. My students really enjoyed it.
Laura
My students have recommended this book for me all year. I had a difficult time finding a copy in the library but then I found one and began reading.

This is a powerful story. Normally, I don't care for the way Walter Dean Myers ends his books. In this case, though, I enjoyed the ending. It's nothing dramatic and maybe that was the problem with Reese's life in the first place: too much drama. It's just a nice, quiet resolution where Reese creates a plan.

I look forward to purchasing a copy for my c
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Walter Dean Myers was born on August 12, 1937 in Martinsburg, West Virginia but moved to Harlem with his foster parents at age three. He was brought up and went to public school there. He attended Stuyvesant High School until the age of seventeen when he joined the army.

After serving four years in the army, he worked at various jobs and earned a BA from Empi
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“Each time I think there is no place lower to go, I find that there is at least one place that will mess you up worse than you were.” 22 likes
“Everything in life is made up...You make up that you are happy. You make up that you are sad. You make up that you are in love. If you don't make up your own life, who's going to make it up for you? It's bad enough when you die and everybody can make up their own stories about you.

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