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...more
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...more
For those who are sheltered from the street life...more
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...more
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...more
Reese, a young boy is faced with a kids worst nightmare, being sent to prison or in his case a Juvenile...more
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...more
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.
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...more
Reese is only fourteen years old, about to turn fifteen, but he's already been incarcerated in juvenile prison for more than two years when the book opens. Reese comes from a poor neighborhood full of dysfunctional families...more
Reese is a boy you've known: someone who tries his best to stay out of trouble when t...more
Reese is 14, tough, and...more
I went into the book thinking it would be this completely uplifting story of a young man changing his life. I should’ve known better – Myers would never follow the cliche. Instead he brings you into the world of juvenile detention in a way that opens your eyes up to what it means to be locked in there and locked into a life that doesn’t off...more
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...more
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