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Juvie
     

Juvie

3.4 7
by Steve Watkins
 

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Heart-wrenching and real, Juvie tells the story of two sisters grappling with accountability, sacrifice — and who will be there to help you after you take the fall.

Sadie Windas has always been the responsible one — she’s the star player on her AAU basketball team, she gets good grades, she dates a cute soccer player, and she tries to

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Heart-wrenching and real, Juvie tells the story of two sisters grappling with accountability, sacrifice — and who will be there to help you after you take the fall.

Sadie Windas has always been the responsible one — she’s the star player on her AAU basketball team, she gets good grades, she dates a cute soccer player, and she tries to help out at home. Not like her older sister, Carla, who leaves her three-year-old daughter, Lulu, with Aunt Sadie while she parties and gets high. But when both sisters are caught up in a drug deal — wrong place, wrong time — it falls to Sadie to confess to a crime she didn’t commit to keep Carla out of jail and Lulu out of foster care. Sadie is supposed to get off with a slap on the wrist, but somehow, impossibly, gets sentenced to six months in juvie. As life as Sadie knew it disappears beyond the stark bars of her cell, her anger — at her ex-boyfriend, at Carla, and at herself — fills the empty space left behind. Can Sadie forgive Carla for getting her mixed up in this mess? Can Carla straighten herself out to make a better life for Lulu, and for all of them? Can Sadie survive her time in juvie with her spirit intact?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 09/09/2013
Watkins (What Comes After) offers a frank view of life in a juvenile detention center as he explores the inner strife of an inmate suffering the consequences of a crime she didn’t commit. Being at the wrong party at the wrong time leads to a six-month stint in juvie for 17-year-old Sadie Windas while her older sister, who should have gone to jail, gets off scot-free. Simmering with resentment, Sadie worries she may have paid too high a price for her sister’s sake. A reflective first-person narrative alternately expresses Sadie’s traumas in lockup—bullying, brawls, and lies—and her past ordeals, including her dismissal from the basketball team, breakup with a boyfriend, and desperate attempts to keep her dysfunctional family glued together. Little by little, a multi-dimensional portrait of Sadie emerges, exposing her vulnerabilities and struggles with the mistakes she’s made (“Maybe not being guilty wasn’t the same as being innocent,” she concludes). Sadie’s emotional journey, impacted by her profound discoveries about fellow inmates and her growing friendship with a kindly guard, is absorbing and wrenching. Ages 14–up. Agent: Kelly Sonnack, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. (Oct.)
VOYA - Suanne B. Roush
Sadie is a good student and star basketball player. She stays out of trouble so she can qualify for an athletic scholarship, which is the only way she can afford college. She works a part-time job and takes care of her young niece for her older sister, who is on probation for drug and alcohol violations. She does not trust anything her sister says, but she agrees to be the designated driver and go to a party with her. All goes awry, however, when her sister gets falling-down drunk. Frustrated and wanting to leave, Sadie agrees to take two young men to the nearby 7-Eleven, where they say they want to pick up beer. Rather than doing that, they are actually there to drop off drugs, and they leave them in her car, where she is picked up by the police. In order to keep her sister out of jail and her niece out of the foster system, she pleads guilty after agreeing to a plea bargain that gets her probation. The agreement is thrown out by a substitute judge who sentences her to six months in juvenile hall, plus the probation. The story of her time in "juvie" and the time leading up to it are told in alternating chapters, with titles reminiscent of Dickens. Like one of his characters, it is left to the reader to discover if Sadie will be the hero of her own life. The truth of surviving juvie is told with unflinching honesty and may be an eye-opener to many readers. The subject matter should appeal to reluctant readers, but the length may be a challenge. Recommend this title to students who are fans of such programs as Scared Straight. Reviewer: Suanne B. Roush
Children's Literature - Kim Dare
Sadie Windas is the responsible sister, excelling in academics and sports, and looking after her three-year-old niece Lulu for her older sister, Carla. When Carla decides to go out and party, seventeen-year-old Sadie reluctantly accompanies her as the designated driver. Carla wastes no time hooking up with some unsavory characters until Sadie, desperate to get her sister to leave while still coherent, agrees to drive the guys to the 7-Eleven for more beer. Sadie discovers too late that the beer story is just a cover for a drug deal, and when the two men disappear into the shadows and police surround the car, Sadie and Carla are left holding the bag. If Carla is found guilty of possession, she will lose custody of Lulu, given her past convictions. Unwilling to put her niece in that situation, Sadie agrees to take the rap, expecting to receive a suspended sentence. But a substitute judge, angry that she is not forthcoming with the names of the two men, bypasses the plea agreement, sentencing her to six months in the Rappahannock Regional Youth Correctional Facility. Chapters alternate between events leading up to the ruling and the time that she spends in juvie. Sadie’s first-person narration captures the raw realities of institutional life, from the isolation to the violent outbursts to the glimmers of humanity. Wary about attracting undue attention, she discovers that sometimes her instinct to help others will be at odds with the facility’s expectation that she follow orders unquestioningly. Sadie is an engaging protagonist, and readers will appreciate how she slowly recognizes the part that she played in the events that unfolded on the evening of the party. Watkins does not provide a pat ending: as Sadie begins the second half of her sentence, readers will have to decide for themselves whether she made the right choice. A thought-provoking and ultimately hopeful novel. Reviewer: Kim Dare AGERANGE: Ages 14 up.
School Library Journal
10/01/2013
Gr 9 Up—Sadie's older sister, Carla, has a history of substance abuse and arrest. One night, she gets Sadie, 17, caught in a drug deal, and they are both detained. To keep Carla from going to prison, away from her three-year-old daughter, Sadie takes the rap, thinking she'll get community service. Unable to name names, though, she is sentenced to six months in a juvenile detention unit. There, she tries to keep her head down to avoid trouble from the guards and other prisoners, but still gets caught between different factions. At the same time, she worries about her mother and niece, and whether Carla is keeping her promise to finally get her life together. Told in alternating chapters from life inside to the weeks leading up to going into juvie, Sadie's narration displays her anger and bitterness, but also her naïveté, both in regard to her sister and to her fellow inmates. Character development comes late and is a tad rushed as Sadie starts to realize that her own bad decisions put her in the wrong place at the wrong time. Some situations, like one of the guards befriending Carla on the outside and feeding information to Sadie, stretch belief. Still, teens, especially reluctant readers, will be drawn into the tension and action.—Jennifer Rothschild, Arlington County Public Libraries, VA
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2013-08-15
Once you're in juvie, it doesn't matter if you're a good girl. Sadie's the good sister: taking care of her mentally ill, shut-in father; raising her party-girl sister Carla's 3-year-old daughter, Lulu; making good grades; and playing basketball in hopes of a scholarship that will get her out of her crummy Virginia town. One night, while Sadie tries to keep Carla out of trouble, the two of them are caught in a sting. Carla's on probation for shoplifting and possession, so Sadie agrees to take the fall, thinking she'll get off with some community-service hours. But she's caught before a hanging judge in the mood to make an example of drug-dealing minors, and the next thing she knows, she's spending six months in juvie. Neither the guards nor the inmates in juvenile detention are interested in rehabilitation. Demeaned and degraded, her schooling reduced to pointless GED-prep workbooks from apathetic teachers, barred from the simple comfort of human contact, Sadie doesn't see how she can return to her outward-bound trajectory when her six months are over. She wants to make friends, to avoid trouble and to protect those weaker than her, but none of that is as simple as it seems. In the midst of the terrible reality, realistically tiny glimmers of hope shine like candles fighting the darkness. A bleakly optimistic reminder to hold on to what is good. (Fiction. 13-17)
From the Publisher
In the midst of the terrible reality, realistically tiny glimmers of hope shine like candles fighting the darkness. A bleakly optimistic reminder to hold on to what is good.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Watkins offers a frank view of life in a juvenile detention center... Little by little, a multi-dimensional portrait of Sadie emerges, exposing her vulnerabilities and struggles with the mistakes she’s made... [A]bsorbing and wrenching.
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763655099
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
10/08/2013
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
752,976
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile:
830L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Steve Watkins is the author of two other novels for young readers, Down Sand Mountain, winner of a Golden Kite Award, and What Comes After. A short-story writer and winner of a Pushcart Prize, he lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

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Juvie 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think this book eould have been awesome but one case... i spent $8.00 for this and it will not open up i am very mad ):(
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
:) good buy
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I couldn't put it down.
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