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Buffalo Tree

Buffalo Tree

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by Adam Rapp
     
 

ISBN-10: 1932425993

ISBN-13: 2901932425993

Pub. Date: 01/28/2007

Publisher: Highlights Press

Getting caught changed Sura's life.

He's been shipped off to Hamstock, a juvenile detention center that's worse than most. At the Stock they don't try to keep juvies till they reform. They just keep guys till they feel like letting them go.

Sura and his patchmate, a kid named Coly Jo, look out for each other and try to evade the Stock's sadistic games. But

Overview

Getting caught changed Sura's life.

He's been shipped off to Hamstock, a juvenile detention center that's worse than most. At the Stock they don't try to keep juvies till they reform. They just keep guys till they feel like letting them go.

Sura and his patchmate, a kid named Coly Jo, look out for each other and try to evade the Stock's sadistic games. But things turn bad last for Coly Jo, and Sura helplessly watches his friend's descent into hell, determined to escape with his own body and spirit intact — if he can.


About the Author
Adam Rapp is a playwright as well as a novelist. His work has been produced and developed by the New York Theatre Workshop, the Steppenwolf Theater Company, New York City's Public Theatre, and The Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights Conference. Mr. Rapp lives in New York City. The Buffalo Tree is his second novel.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2901932425993
Publisher:
Highlights Press
Publication date:
01/28/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
188

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The Buffalo Tree 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Buffalo Tree by Adam Rapp was one of the greatest books I've read. It was hard to put down, the whole book reminded me of being in juvenile hall. It also had a very good strong point, like what the consequences of getting in trouble are. I also really enjoyed all the conflicts in it, when juvies get messed with by other juvies and when staff beat on them. Not many things I read keep me even close to being interested but this one is an exception. So I would recommend this to someone who understands these type of situations like this or have been through an experience similar to this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Imagine what it is like being in a juvenile detention center for boys. You would be watching your back every minute, making sure that someone isn¿t behind you, waiting to pounce on you. You would have hard times sleeping because you know the minute you close your eyes and doze off, someone will be in your room stealing your possessions. It¿s not any boy¿s dream to be a juvy. The Buffalo Tree is a story about a young boy named Sura. Clipping hoodies gets him a ticket into a juvenile detention center called Spalding. Sura is the only white boy in Spalding but it doesn't seem to matter what color he is, to everyone in there, he is just another juvy. Sura is best friends with his patch mate, Coly Jo. Sura and him try to make it day by day through Spalding, watching each other¿s backs. They have a plan to bust out, but things start going downhill when everything begins to go wrong for Coly Jo. Sura is then left on his own. The plot of the story is something anyone can relate to. Everyone hears or knows someone who has been in a detention, jail, prison, or who has just had a hurtful loss in their life. You feel bad for Sura, even though he messed up and got himself there. He suffers the consequences of his actions, but you feel he didn't really deserve what he got. The book leaves you wondering whether things are really that bad or if they are actually worse. There are so many mixed feelings there is no right way to think. The details of juvy life in The Buffalo Tree give you a real clear understanding of what things are really like. The author, Adam Rapp, does a unique job of making you feel like you are right there, watching everything happen. There is a smooth flow from chapter to chapter, so it is hard to put the book down, not knowing what is going to happen next. Rapp achieves the goal of knowing exactly how to keep your attention throughout the whole story. He leaves you at the end of every chapter with a question you are just itching to know. Rapp shows his point that juvenile detentions aren¿t what we think they are. The Buffalo Tree is a great book that everyone would enjoy. It doesn¿t come off as being another fantasy story that could never happen. Neither does it come off as something in the past that doesn¿t happen in these days. This book gives you a real picture of Sura¿s struggle and you¿ll feel yourself relating to all of the things he experiences. After reading The Buffalo Tree, you will be left with a different and more understanding view of things in the future. Review by: Amber Shipp
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first thing I noticed after reading this book is that the back of the book is very misleading. It says how the main character Sura has to go through some kind of hell, but there is no hell in the book. I was very angry with this because I was hoping for some kind of demons or something. The book turned out to be about a boy named Sura getting sent of to the Hamstock Juvenile Detention for Boys. He is sent there for stealing hoodies. The author uses a lot of strange slang that is hard to understand. One of the main things I didn¿t like about the book is that it talked about boys in the shower, which is something I really don¿t ever want to read about. This book wasn¿t interesting to me because it has no fantasy in it. I personally found the book very boring and hard to understand. There could have been a lot more detail in the book and the characters were dull and annoying to read about. I would not recommend this book for anyone that likes fantasy books because it is far from any book like that.