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Lockdown by Walter Dean Myers
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really liked it
bookshelves: younger-readers

** spoiler alert ** Like Steve in Monster Monster, Walter Dean Myers’ main character in Lockdown, Reese, is also incarcerated. Unlike Steve, however, Reese has already been sentenced and is serving his time in a juvenile correctional facility. While Reese may be guilty of his crime, he is a dimensional character, and the reader experiences his struggle to find his identity, envision a better future for himself, and find the strength to face his struggles and avoid self-destructive choices.

There are a few characters in the novel who are willing to help Reese with a second chance, but he is faced with negative expectations (even from some of them) because of his choices and record. Reese is a young man who feels trapped by circumstances, not just in the present while he is locked up, but also about what prospects will be facing him when he is eventually released back into society. He is also a sympathetic character, and Myers’ depiction of him will prompt readers to examine their prejudices and assumptions. He is a flawed character who has a hard time resisting when a bully tries to goad him into a fight, but the reader will likely find herself hoping for him to be strong and wishing that adults don’t write him off.
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Reading Progress

Started Reading
March 1, 2011 – Finished Reading
January 4, 2012 – Shelved
January 4, 2012 – Shelved as: younger-readers

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