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3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  1,485 Ratings  ·  305 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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Published February 2nd 2010 by Amistad (first published February 1st 2010)
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Lars Guthrie
Nov 14, 2010 Lars Guthrie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Karen Ball
Feb 27, 2011 Karen Ball rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-challenge
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
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
Aug 27, 2015 Imani rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book "LockDown" was interesting because Walter Dean Myers explains how Reese's situation is difficult and planning on how him and Toon are gonna make their way out of Progress. The reason why Reese is in a difficult situation is because he got caught up stealing meds for a drug dealer named Freddie but the detectives are trying to plant more things on him. When Reese talked to the people that are trying to let him go asks him what he's going to do with his life and says he gonna change his l ...more
Jan 16, 2012 Phoebe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kid-lit
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.
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
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
Nov 11, 2015 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reese Anderson is given an opportunity to spend time helping in a nursing home as a break from an institution he has been housed in for two years. He is being punished for a crime involving drugs. He is only 14. At the nursing home, he meets a resident named Mr. Hooft. Although their relationship is contentious at the start, they eventually get to know one another. It turns out that Reese grows to understand some lessons about life from Mr. Hooft. By the end of the book, the reader feels very ho ...more
Myles Messner
Oct 19, 2014 Myles Messner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 18, 2015 Parvoneh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of Walter Dean Myers' most celebrated books for good reason. The plot is much tighter than some of his other works and the morality less overt. Some of WDM's novels try to teach a lesson through cautionary tales (Dope Sick, Outside Shot) or try to create model characters for readers to mimic (All the Right Stuff, The Game). In Lockdown, Myers allows individuals to make mistakes and still be whole, to struggle while also being somehow hopeful that things could change. Reese is a compe ...more
Angel V
Apr 12, 2015 Angel V rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Lockdown" is an interesting book about a 14 year old boy named Maurice Anderson nicknamed Reese who spends 3 years in juvie jail for stealing prescription pads from a doctor and giving them to a drug dealer. He meets a man named Mr. Hooft while being forced to work in a senior citizen center and even though Mr. Hooft dislikes Reese at first, he gets along with him later in the book. This book does have some parts that make you want to skip like Reese and his friend Play talking to each other wh ...more
William Kinnard
Mar 26, 2014 William Kinnard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jun 19, 2011 Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 18, 2010 Terri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jan 04, 2012 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: younger-readers
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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
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
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

real world look at the life of kids whose choices are near to nothing. MEYERS is a master if this genre
Will Milz
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L.T. Downing
I read this book with my 14 year old son. His review would simply be, "Boring." But the world of Lockdown isn't a world he relates to, being a white kid from an affluent suburb and pre-disposed to not like books his mom brings to him.

That said, some of his complaints about the book are understandable. As with all first person narratives, much of the book's advancement is in the character's head. This has pitfalls for some young adult readers, especially those who crave action. For instance, the
Austin Kitchens
Dec 08, 2015 Austin Kitchens rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lockdown is a novel about a fourteen year old boy, Reese, which is in Progress, a juvenile delinquent facility. It is realistic fiction which I am normally not interested in but this book really caught my attention. I enjoyed the story line very much and was interested in the book the entire time. One thing that I really liked about the book was the intensity of the details about the moments in the book when things got heated. I enjoyed this because the amount of detail that was provided really ...more
Zac P.
Mar 31, 2015 Zac P. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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In the novel Lockdown by Walter Dean Myers, Reese Anderson is a young boy raised in Harlem who can’t seem to get out of his own way. The setting of this novel is in a juvenile detention facility named Progress. Ironically throughout this novel it seems like the only progress all the kids are making is from a juvenile detention facility to an actual prison. Reese is a smart young man who just got thrown into juvy be
Mar 02, 2015 Cj rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I think the book was great and I learned a lot of life lessons , I think everyone should read it. My main character was a great person he was just around the wrong people and made bad choices , in my opinion he is a very strong person. He went through a lot of crazy things in his life , like his dad beating on him when he is drunk , mom being on drugs and using the money they had for food to go buy drugs, and his older brother getting shot. Those type of things can really mess a kid up , i thin
Jan 01, 2015 Dave rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Dean's writing. In this book Maurice Anderson or Reese to his friends is a 15 year old doing time in Progress, a juvenile correctional facility. His crime was stealing doctor’s prescription pads and selling them to a drug dealer. He’s been in Progress for about 22 months and time is going slowly. He’d rather be home, like everyone else, and really misses his younger sister Isis (Icy). He has been rewarded a work program at Evergreen, which is a nursing home. Reese does odd jobs there, cle ...more
Andrew Solens
May 27, 2014 Andrew Solens rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“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
Joel G
Feb 12, 2015 Joel G rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Grade/interest level: 7th-12th
Reading level: 780
Genre: Realistic fiction
Main Characters: Reece, Mr.Wilson, toon, play, icy, king kong, mom
Setting: Progress, or elderly home
POV: 1st person

Reece is a 14 year old boy who lives with his mom and his sister icy. But his family is poor, and whenever his mom gets money she buys drugs. So Reece steal prescription drugs to sell them to make money. Then the guy he sells them to gets caught and he rats out Reece and he has to go to a juvy called Progress.
Sebastian Rico
Lockdown was a story about how a boy named Reese went to Juvy and he was scared in the beginning but once he got to know everyone he acted tough. There was also one wish he had and that was to get out early so he could go back to his family, so he had to do extra good and had to clean and work hard enough so he would get out quicker. All Reese had to do was do work and not get into any trouble.

Then his friend Toon was getting jumped but if he wanted to get out early, he couldn't get into this bu
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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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“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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