Lockdown

by Walter Dean Myers

On Sale: 12/27/2011

Lockdown

by Walter Dean Myers

On Sale: 12/27/2011

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ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults

Cooperative Children’s Book Center Choice

ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers

Coretta Scott King Honor (Author)

About the Book

Lockdown is the powerful tale of fourteen-year-old Reese Anderson, who has spent 22 months in a tiny cell at a “progress center.” Living in fear and isolation, Reese begins looking within himself to find a way out of the prison system.

Acclaimed author Walter Dean Myers offers an honest story about finding a way to make it without getting lost in the shuffle. Told with compassion and truth, Lockdown is also a compelling first-person read that "could resonate with teens on a dangerous path."*

When I first got to Progress, it freaked me out to be locked in a room and unable to get out. But after a while, when you got to thinking about it, you knew nobody could get in, either.

It seems as if the only progress that's going on at Progress juvenile facility is moving from juvy jail to real jail. Reese wants out early, but is he supposed to just sit back and let his friend Toon get jumped? Then Reese gets a second chance when he's picked for the work program at a senior citizens' home. He doesn't mean to keep messing up, but it's not so easy, at Progress or in life. One of the residents, Mr. Hooft, gives him a particularly hard time. If he can convince Mr. Hooft that he's a decent person, not a criminal, maybe he'll be able to convince himself.

Walter Dean Myers was a New York Times bestselling author, Printz Award winner, five-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Award, two-time Newbery Honor recipient, and the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. Maria Russo, writing in the New York Times, called Myers "one of the greats and a champion of diversity in children’s books well before the cause got mainstream attention."

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Critical Praise

“A moving tale of a kid who may have made a mistake but who still deserves the modest future he seeks. Refreshingly avoids cliché.” - Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)

“Masterful.” - Kirkus Reviews

“Myers creates a nuanced, realistic portrait of a teen dealing with incarceration and violence. Myers gets his voice just right.” - Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

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Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780061214820
  • ISBN 10: 0061214825
  • Imprint: Amistad
  • On Sale: 12/27/2011
  • Pages: 272
  • List Price:13.50 CAD
  • BISAC1 : YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Drugs, Alcohol, Substance Abuse
  • BISAC2 : YOUNG ADULT FICTION / People & Places / United States / African American
  • BISAC3 : YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Violence

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