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The End of the Line by Angela Cerrito
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May 24, 2011

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bookshelves: high-school-fiction, middle-school-fiction, realistic-fiction

Thirteen-year-old Robbie has been sent to Great Oaks School/Prison because he has done the unthinkable -- killed a boy -- and this is the last stop after a string of failed attempts at different schools. Told in alternating chapters of the hard-line reform he endures in real time and flashbacks that unravel the story, "End of the Line" will appeal to middle school boys and reluctant high school boys who like dark stories of bad boys going through the cathartic process of admitting guilt and taking responsibility for one's actions. There's a well-imagined subplot about an uncle who is wounded in Iraq and another about Robbie's love of running. Compare this to Alex Flinn's "Breaking Point" and Ben Mikaelson's "Touching Spirit Bear". It's much better than Walter Dean Myers's "Lockdown".

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