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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge (August 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580895603
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580895606
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #245,149 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Could a 10-year-old really be in a penitentiary? Pileggi bases her debut on an actual case in which a boy in 1885 served time in the Idaho Territorial Penitentiary. Young prisoner Jake narrates his story with a lively, winsome voice that will pull readers in and grab their sympathies, particularly as details of his bungled trial are revealed. He nicknames the other prisoners and staff and portrays daily life with a wry wit and beguiling innocence, all the while honing his inner core and survival instinct. In some ways, prison is sheltering for Jake, who had been abandoned by his father; he slowly learns to read, becomes invested in his work tending hogs, and experiences caring adults for the first time. Best of all, he can count on food: “They feed us every day? I couldn’t hardly believe that.” Eventually the hand of justice prevails, and Jake makes good without too many quick fixes. His story and spirit should linger in readers’ hearts. Grades 4-8. --Anne OMalley

About the Author

Leah Pileggi is a writer and traveler. She has published several articles in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Hopscotch magazine. PRISONER 88 is her first novel. Leah lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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In a situation of despair and sadness hope and love prevail.
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We read this book for our adult book club and enjoyed it thoroughly, despite the fact that it is geared toward a teen or pre-teen audience.
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The author has a strong, clear voice, providing fascinating historical details, and telling a wonderful story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kerrily Sapet on August 1, 2013
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This book is well researched and engaging. It's an entertaining and informative read for all ages. The author has a strong, clear voice, providing fascinating historical details, and telling a wonderful story. I'd highly recommended it for both personal use or for classroom use. It would make a great book for class discussions.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By lemondrop on November 3, 2013
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Prisoner 88 is a terrific book for young teens. In a situation of despair and sadness hope and love prevail. It would be a wonderful classroom book to read and discuss
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl F. on September 27, 2013
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From the first page this book brought me into the story and I couldn't put it down until sadly the last page turned. It is not only a wonderful story for pre-teens & teens, it is a captivating story for adults as well. A wonderful first novel; can't wait to see what else she writes!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mario A. Chaves on September 15, 2013
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A very interesting novel about a prison in the old west and a 12 year old boy incarcerated for murder. I was sad to turn the last page and wanted to know what became of Jake after he grew up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Terri on November 26, 2013
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Prisoner 88 was a memorable fiction book based on fact. It is written for 10-12 year old students. I had read about that young man & was anxious to learn more about him. The author did wonderful job writing about his life, his crime, his accomplishments, including learning self-control. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes to read about history and reading about how dreams do come true when you least expect them to transpire.
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