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Lockdown by Walter Dean Myers
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Jan 30, 11

it was amazing
bookshelves: crime, grades-7-10, teens-in-trouble-boys
Read in January, 2011

Another story of the ghetto, and once again Myers makes the message unique, personal and gripping. The gangs and drugs are more of an offscreen reference this time around - the fuel for all the trouble 14-year-old Reese makes for himself. He's caught in a robbery, and sent to a juvenile detention center.

There's a strong emphasis on rehab, but it's still jail, with its own rules of survival. In order to protect himself and his sense of what's right, Reese feels he has to fight. Every flare-up pushes him closer to a long-term prison sentence. He spends a lot of time thinking about this trap, mainly because he doesn't have any easy answers, and can't keep himself out of trouble.

The action does well to complement the message - this is a quick story that leaves the reader with a lot to think about. One note: there's a significant amount of profanity in this book. The characters may be middle schoolers, but they no longer have much hope of acting their age.

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