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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
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...more
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.
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...more
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
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
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...more
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
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
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...more
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
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...more
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
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...more
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
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.
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.
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
This is a great book for adolescents. My students really enjoyed it.
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...more
I liked the main character in this book and was rooting for him to change his life for the better so that he would not forever be incarcerated in juvenile detention facilites, or later, in prison. I felt a real sense of hopelessness, because a better life and better decisions seemed so impossible for most of the characters, and maybe even for the main character. The more recent book that I read by Myers had a much more optimistic tone. This one was just a real downer for me, though it was well w...more
My first Meyers book, and probably my last. Despite well-written dialogue and an interested insight into the lives of people I normally have no opportunity to meet, the structure of the book confused me. Where was the plot? It made a point to take note of all the flaws of the prison system but offered no solution, only the chance for one smart kid to wiggle his way out of the fire and into the frying pan. Icy and Toon redeemed the whole piece, and I would much rather have read about their storie...more
I don't have any direct firsthand experience of what it would be like to make a mistake serious enough to land myself in the confines of prison, but Walter Dean Myers does a really good job in this book of bringing home the distressing realities of such a horrible situation.

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
Becky R.
Reese is a unique young man, that you grow to see as a troubled kid, and not as a violent criminal. His desire to change really becomes tied to his ability to change what he goes home to. If he is frustrated by his family's poverty and his failure at school, then his behavior is one that will match it; he will eventually turn to crime again to support his family and find his own value. As you read, the question definitely comes through from Myers of how we can help these kids change. What can we...more
Lockdown, the newest release from Printz award-winning author Walter Dean Myers, couldn't have come at a better time. Burned out from a succession of novels that each read much like the one before it, lacking voice and pizazz, Lockdown provided a much needed - and much appreciated - change. This journey into the life of a boy who made a mistake and pays for it over and over again is both beautiful and sorrowful.

Reese is a boy you've known: someone who tries his best to stay out of trouble when t...more
I wasn't too thrilled to see that a Walter Dean Myers novel made it as a National Book Award finalist, but I ordered the audiobook to listen to anyway. I must admit that I'm impressed to see that Myers wrote a good one--a tale of a African American teenager in juvie. I always thought that Myers was pumping out book after book of African American fiction without much thought (like Grisham or Patterson of the mystery realm), but this book reads like one of his earlier works.

Reese is 14, tough, and...more
Reese Anderson is locked in juvie, and just wants to get by. They call the place Progress, but neither the officials nor the inmates seem concerned with making any. Reese is part of a pilot work-release program that allows inmates to do public service, he works in a home for the elderly. For him it’s a few hours away from the joint, worth even the handcuffs and humiliating body searches he has to put up with every time he returns. Inside Progress the word fair does not exist. When Reese witnesse...more
Walter Dean Myers is one of my favorite YA and MG authors. He is never afraid to tackle tough subjects and make the reader think. This continues in Lockdown.

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
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
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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.

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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.” 20 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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