Friday, July 16, 2010
Lockdown by Walter Dean Myers
Reese is in a juvenile detention center called Progress after stealing prescription pads from a doctor. He has been selected to participate in a program where he gets to work outside off the center at a nursing home because he is smart and has been behaving in the prison. While at the nursing home he is assigned to help out Mr. Hooft who doesn't like or trust Reese at first. But eventually he shares his stories of his time in a Japanese prisoner of war camp which seem very similar to what Reese is dealing with at Progress. Although Reese is trying to keep clean and earn an early release he keeps finding himself in situations where he ends up fighting people. The guards at Progress tell him he has a simple choice to make but when you come from Reese's neighborhood and are dealing with the things he sees in jail, the choices are not as simple as it would seem.