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Lockdown by Walter Dean Myers
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Jun 24, 12

bookshelves: children-s-literature
Read from June 23 to 24, 2012

Audience: Readability 3rd grade, content definitely late middle school or high school. This book would connect with students that are on the edge of the law, those students that feel like they are not understood by society, or students that have been involved previously with illegal activities. I think the author purposefully wrote this book at a very low level, but the content has many adult themes and vulgar language that would appeal to much older students. So this would fit with a high interest-low level book, that many high school English teachers are looking for to recommend to students that do not like to read. I would NOT put this book in an elementary school library.
Appeal: Reece is a 14 year old that was sentenced to 40 months in a juvunile detention center called "Progress" for stealing perscription pads from a doctor's office. While in the detention center he meets many other kids that also have problems with authority and the law. Reece starts befriending an older man at the Nursing Home that he works at for his work release program. The older man was in a Japanese Concentration Camp and they are able to overcome their differences, and prejudices to see how their situations are very similar. This book would appeal to kids that would like to read about kids in trouble with the law. There are many true life situations, and the end of the book doesn't tie up the loose ends in a pretty package, but ends realistically for Reece.
Awards: Coretta Scott King Author Honor 2011
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