Lockdown | Walter Dean Myers

Reese struggles to keep hope alive while working toward an early release from the Progress juvenile detention facility.

Awards & Honors for Walter Dean Myers

• 2000 Michael L. Printz Award winner

• 1994 Margaret A. Edwards Award winner

• Two-time Newbery Honor recipient

• Five-time Coretta Scott King Award winner

Review

They call it the Progress Center, but 14-year-old Reese isn’t sure he’s making any inside the juvenile detention hall. Locked up for stealing a doctor’s prescription pads, he’s been given the chance to prove himself through a work-release program. Now he helps take care of the residents at an old folks’ home a couple days a week and spends the rest of his time trying to stay out of trouble at Progress.

With fellow inmates always looking for a fight and the threat of new charges being brought against him, Reese doesn’t know whether he’ll be released early for good behavior or stay behind bars for another 20 years. The heart-wrenching story of a teen on the wrong side of the law, Lockdown manages to steer clear of being too preachy while remaining inspirational. Through Reese’s relationship with an elderly man at Evergreen, stint in the solitary detention cell, and love for his little sister, readers experience the imperfect protagonist’s internal battle between hope and despair.

Myers, Walter Dean. Lockdown. New York: Amistad, 2010.

Reviewed from advanced reading copy provided by Goodman Media International.

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January 4, 2010. Tags: , , . Realistic.

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