Tuesday, July 12, 2011
End of the Line by Angela Cerrito
Robbie is in a "school" that is really a prison after killing a friend. He begins his time at the school in solitary confinement subject to the whims of Mr. Lester. If he produces work Mr. Lester approves of, he gets to eat. If not, he gets water and a bologna sandwich. In alternating chapters the reader learns about life for Robbie in prison, and what happened that ended with him killing someone. Robbie's story has many more layers than it appears at first with lots of interesting characters including his beloved uncle, a girl at school, a nasty teacher, other boys in the prison, and Ryan - the boy who died. I was just expecting a page turner but was surprised by the depths I found in this book.