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Do Not Pass Go Hardcover – January 23, 2007
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Grade 6–9—High-schooler Deet is a good kid but feels alienated at his school in Fairbanks, AK, because his family has less money than his classmates. When his father is arrested for drug possession and sent to prison, his first thought is about what the kids at school will think of him. Reality sets in as life in Deet's family changes dramatically. His mother goes back to work and Deet spends every day after school with his dad. His view of prisons and prisoners begins to change when he learns people's stories. Deet's notebook entries for his English class give readers insight into the internal changes he is experiencing. The teen sees the bleakness of prison life but learns to see the positive effects of his father's incarceration. While the message that prisons aren't necessarily set up to rehabilitate criminals is not subtle, this a good story with a believable main character. The book wraps up a bit quickly with Deet's father's release to a halfway house, but is still satisfying as it doesn't tie things up too neatly.—Kristin Anderson, Columbus Metropolitan Library System, OH
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In his small Alaskan town, Deet is certain that everyone in his school will learn that his stepfather has been jailed for drug possession. He faces his classmates with trepidation, but even more intimidating is the prison, where Deet goes to visit his stepdad. Through these visits, Deet comes to know some of the prisoners and gains insight into their stories. Most of these insights are explained in Deet's homework assignment for English class, and he forms a friendship with a fellow student whose brother is also in jail. Hill is a master of the telling detail; she conveys the atmosphere of the visitor's center of the jail, for example, in a few vivid sentences. Best is her portrait of Deet, a strong, thoughtful teenager, forced through circumstances to hold things together for his family. There's not a great deal of action here, but the story is compelling nonetheless. Todd Morning
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Such a flippant attitude in this day in age and at such an impressionable age is beyond disappointing. I'm proud of my son for finding it offensive and not wanting to continue reading and investing time with the main character/book. Does Deet "see the light" or change his attitude about God, who knows, but it's certainly not something I want presented to my child. While this may not be a popular viewpoint, I felt the need to point it out.
But it is so good, I also purchased it for Kindle to read on my cell... I haven't read too many books as I do not like to read, however this is an exception to my "wait for movie" rule.
Deet is a 13-year-old boy whose father is arrested for drugs that he used to stay awake for his two jobs. Deet is very shocked to hear this news. Now mom is forced to work her old job at the diner. Her and Deet sets up a monthly budget to live by. Deet now has to take care of his two younger siblings and also cook dinner. Now Deet has to grow up quickly if their plan is going to work. Deet also has to juggle his schoolwork with this new plan. Deet has been regularly going to the jail to visit his father, after school is finished. He has learned that jail is not such a horrible place as they show it in the movies. This is a fictional novel. I would recommend this book for any middle school student. Want to know how Deet juggles everything. You're just going to have to read the book and find out.