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Lockdown by Walter Dean Myers
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Jan 30, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: crime, grades-7-10, teens-in-trouble-boys, grade-7, grade-8, grade-9, grade-10

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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Reading Progress

Started Reading
January 29, 2011 – Finished Reading
January 30, 2011 – Shelved
January 30, 2011 – Shelved as: crime
January 30, 2011 – Shelved as: grades-7-10
January 30, 2011 – Shelved as: teens-in-trouble-boys
August 23, 2016 – Shelved as: grade-8
August 23, 2016 – Shelved as: grade-7
August 23, 2016 – Shelved as: grade-9
August 23, 2016 – Shelved as: grade-10

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