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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books; Reprint edition (July 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442421223
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442421226
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.7 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,938,000 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Deet didn't believe in god at all, because everything about god was so silly. Illogical."
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.
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Do Not Pass Go is another excellent education book by Kirkpatrick Hill. It teaches a young man what difficulties a father has to meet when his father goes to jail. he also learns that not everyone who goes to jail is all bad. Kirkpatrick Hill is a great writer. She graduated from Syracuse University and I suspect that I was there studying Russian for the Air Force about the time she was (1954-55). I would love to communicate with her. Sam Conner
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I may be slightly biased as it was my auntie who wrote the book and it was based on my cousin and stories from my cousin.

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.
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