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Lockdown Hardcover – February 2, 2010
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“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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Reese is a boy you've known: someone who tries his best to stay out of trouble when the story of his life is trouble. A big brother in and out of prison, an addict mom, a microcosm society of hopelessness, this is what Reese grows up with and when that fateful day comes that he makes his own mistake and is sent to juvie, no one's going to let him forget where he comes from - and what little he has to look forward to.
Reese has all kinds of obstacles to navigate at the Progress Center: physical violence, authority figures who alternately beat him down and maintain unrealistic high expectations of him, a crusty old racist in the retirement home he volunteers at, uncertainty about his future when he gets out. But Reese, despite his mistake, is self-aware and concerned for others. But even that gets him into trouble. How do you rescue a smaller kid from getting jumped when one more fight cancels out your early-release?
I was struck and saddened by the way the disciplinary system in Lockdown worked to damage Reese's character rather than heal it because it was so truthfully portrayed. Even so, Reese shines in his interactions with his sister, Icy, and I found myself hoping against fate that good things would happen for him. His optimism under pressure was inspiring.Read more ›
This book took me into another world, but not a fantasy, sci-fi, or dystopian post-apocalyptic world. It's the world of a juvenile detention center, and a world where violence, drug use and drug-dealing are common. And yes, it is also a world of mostly non-white people.
The blurb says "Lockdown explores an unlikely friendship between fourteen-year-old Progress inmate Reese and a man he meets through his work program at a local senior citizens' home. " However, this is only part of the story. Myers shows us the violence inside the detention center, the cluelessness, cynicism, and cruelty of several adults there, and the cycle that keeps so many detainees coming back into the prison system.
Reese matures in this book, but at a reasonable pace. He starts figuring out what he needs to do to stay straight on the outside, but he doesn't have it all together by the end of the book. And he makes plenty of mistakes throughout.
Interestingly, the adults in the book grow, too. Mr. Hooft at the senior citizens' home at first fears Reese, because he is African American and an inmate, but learns to accept him and perhaps call him friend. Mr. Pugh, a guard, is a bully at first, but becomes friendlier later. And other adults who seem to think there's no hope for Reese begin to come around, too. I think this adds a lot to the book.
Lockdown is rich with detail and action. When I finished reading it, I actually went straight back to the beginning and read the first few chapters over again, because I felt like I hadn't gotten everything out of them the first time. If I didn't have several more books to read, I might have read it straight through again!
I think this book might be a keeper -- I'd like to read it again and get to know it better. Definitely award-worthy.
Of course, it's not that simple. About half way through the story, there is a big bomb dropped upon Reese, who has been getting himself in trouble trying to defend some of his buddies. When this arises, it is Reese who must decide what is important to him and how he can get himself out of Promises into a fulfilling life for himself and Icy -- the sister he adores.
Lockdown was exceptionally well written, and the character development kept me wanting more. Although this won't rank as one of my favorite reads, primarily because it focused on a topic I'm unfamiliar with and don't typically seek out, this is a book that has definite appeal to many audiences.
One of the real challenges I had was with the secondary characters: I could not distinguish among the various juvenile inmates nor the adults in Reese's life. I found that Reese himself was very well developed, and his sister Icy had a unique and memorable voice. Likewise, Mr. Hooft kept me coming back as a reader, as I felt the story he told Reese about his time in and immediately after the Vietnam War drew great parallels to Reese's own challenges with keeping on the right side of the law.Read more ›
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book was in good shape, was required Summer Reading for my daughter. IB ProgramPublished 9 months ago by debbie
I accidentally downloaded this book without realizing that it was written for young people. It caught my attention, however and I enjoyed reading it until the end. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Annette Culbertson
Bravo to this amazing book which is interesting to read and think about. Great book and author. Make sure to read it.Published 12 months ago by Maxine C. Maxwell
I teach high school seniors in a low income area. Where I would like to elevate them to texts like Lord of the Flies, we have to start with their interests, and this book... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Kimberly Parrott Valenzuela
This book was decent. I read it because I am going through a number of National Book Award books/ Newberry Award winners so that I have suggestions for my son to read when it is... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Leib Gershon Mitchell