by Walter Dean Myers


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ISBN-13: 9780061214820
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/27/2011
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 249,756
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile: 730L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Walter Dean Myers was the New York Times bestselling author of Monster, the winner of the first Michael L. Printz Award; a former National Ambassador for Young People's Literature; and an inaugural NYC Literary Honoree. Myers received every single major award in the field of children's literature. He was the author of two Newbery Honor Books and six Coretta Scott King Awardees. He was the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults, a three-time National Book Award Finalist, as well as the first-ever recipient of the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement.

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Lockdown 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Wendy Stokke More than 1 year ago
i absulutely loved this book i am 12... it had language if thats an issue for u... u really get into the characters. i recomend this to anyone with a free hour or to to read. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I rate the book a 4. I thought it was a great book for a 13 year old. If you can handle the bad language and be mature then you are going to like this book. Lockdown is about juvenile prisoners who are try to to fix there live. There are some hard times for the main character Reese. Reese gets into trouble with some other inmates. Reese also is getting in some more trouble with the crime that got him in jail. You will be able to see what Reese goes through and the changes he makes in jail.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book with action but strong language
djwiggins16 More than 1 year ago
this book is amazing because it teaches me the bacis of going through everyday life. i really want everybody out there to read this book because its a very good book. other books i have red was nothing compared to this book no books!!!
BexBoox More than 1 year ago
Even kids in trouble and Reese just might be it. He's incarcerated in Progress Center, a lockdown facility for juvenile offenders. But, Reese wants a better life for himself and his little sister, Icy. To do that, he's got to stay out of fights and be a model prisoner. The administrator of Progress has some faith in him. Reese is given a work detail as an orderly in a senior center, where he meets Mr. Hooft, who immediately tells Reese a) he doesn't like him and b) he has killed people in his past life. But, as time goes on, Reese learns Mr. Hooft's story and realizes internment in a Japanese prison camp is far worse than the life he's had. Hooft teaches the young man lessons Reese's father never did. This is a strongly written juvenile story with an edge that can cut to the quick. Having done a bit of research on Myers, I've learned that he's a strong advocate for juveniles and has books have gotten many non-readers interested in literature. I'd strongly recommend this book for kids in trouble or those who are even contemplating it. Rebecca Kyle, May 2010
CChristophersen on LibraryThing 5 days ago
Good story. Reese's character is believable and you want things to work out for him. He tries to make it in a tough juvenile detention facility and manages to keep hope that he will get out. Reece is selected for a work program at a nursing home. He connects with a patient Mr. Hooft who challenges Reese to show him that he is not a criminal. I liked this book as much as, maybe more than, Monster.
lscottke on LibraryThing 5 days ago
Reese is in a juvenile correction facility, ¿Progress¿, for stealing blank prescription pads. Shortly before he is to be released, he is chosen to work in a nursing home as part of a pilot project reintroducing delinquents to society. Reese gets to know one of the elderly residents, Mr. Hooft, who is suspicious of black people and convinced Reese is a hardened criminal.As if Mr. Hooft¿s prejudice is not enough, Reese has to contend with unpleasant wardens and inmates at the progress center while struggling to keep his temper if he is to earn early discharge. Outside, life isn¿t very promising either. Reese¿s mother has a drug addiction, his sister Isis is young and vulnerable, and his brother Willis may be involved in local petty crime. Can Reese be a model prisoner and a good friend, son and sibling?Meyers makes strong criticism of the effectiveness of the juvenile correction system the ulterior motives behind some parental actions and the divergent realities of different social and racial groups. His characters are believable and the story weaves some less well known historical information together with the social issues.
mjmbecky on LibraryThing 5 days ago
Reese is a unique young man, that you grow to see as a troubled kid, and not as a violent criminal. His desire to change really becomes tied to his ability to change what he goes home to. If he is frustrated by his family's poverty and his failure at school, then his behavior is one that will match it; he will eventually turn to crime again to support his family and find his own value. As you read, the question definitely comes through from Myers of how we can help these kids change. What can we do, as a society, to eliminate the need these young, impoverished inner-city kids have for finding their sense of self through crime? Does our current system work, and what can we offer these young people once they get out of the juvenile corrections system?I did think that Myers reached inside the system, and into this one young man's life in a very smart sort of way. We are privy to Reese's life, so that we see his pain over his family's circumstances (his brother also into criminal activity, and a younger sister that he fears for in the future), and also the stand up person that Reese would like to be as he stands up for other inmates who are too weak to protect themselves. You do really care for Reese, and want to see his success.One thing that I really couldn't shake in the book though, was the behavior of the adults who worked in the facility. Many of the violent scenes within the facility occurred after prodding and neglect by those who were there to protect the inmates. In fact, several times these "adults" egged the students on with horrible, personal comments that were threatening, and obviously created plenty of increased stress on Reese and the other young men. To these situations, I disconnected a little. Having worked with young men who had recently been released from our state's juvenile corrections facility, I can say that I never encountered a single adult who deliberately maligned or neglected one of these students. My hope is that I'm not living and working in ideals, and that there really aren't places where the majority of the adults turn their backs on the youth they are working with. Really, I hope this is creative license, and not reality.Now, I realize that I focused on a rather minute part of Reese's story, but I will say that it really picked away at me. For a character as eager for happiness as Reese was (and many of the other teens locked up), I wanted to see the adults supporting these changes. Overall, I think it is yet another really great book for teens, and that Walter Dean Myers leads the pack in creating novels that disillusioned teens and overachievers alike will embrace. Please note that my professional rant is an aside to a really great story that I would hand to a wide variety of my reluctant readers. I have to say that if you haven't yet read Walter Dean Myers, I would become familiar with him as soon as possible. Many of his books have entered the doors of my classroom, in the hands of my students. His work is prolific, and shows great care for today's youth and children.
CBJames on LibraryThing 5 days ago
Lockdown is Mr. Myers second recent look at the lives of young men behind bars in America. An alternative to Monster, Lockdown is the story of Reese, a fourteen-year-old sent to a special juvenile facility called Progress for stealing perscription pads from a doctor's office. Reese is not exactly a star inmate. He has problems with the other boys in Progress, typically because he comes to the defense of 'Toon, a smaller boy Reese befriends, who is bullied by the older, bigger inmates. When he is not in trouble, Reese is allowed to work at a nearby senior home where he is given the job of helping Mr. Hooft, a bed-ridden old man who'd rather be anywhere other than a home waited on by a black teenager. Over time the two share their stories and become friends. Mr. Hooft was also in prison as a child, in his case a Japanese prison where all Europeans living in Shanghai were sent after the invasion of China during World War II. Reese has few people in his life who are on his side. His mother is willing to sacrifice him in order to hang on to her current boyfriend The other inmates at Progress, outside of 'Toon, cannot be trusted. The gaurds are waiting for him to screw up and sure that he will. The warden believes Reese has blown every chance he gave him and does not have much faith in him as a result. Mr. Hooft and Reese's little sister Isis are the only ones who believe he can turn his life around. Unfortunately, Reese's story is all too common in the United States today. To their credit, neither Reese nor Mr. Myers point the blame for Reese's situation at anyone other than Reese. While the deck is certainly stacked against him, Reese knows he must choose how he'll play the cards he has been dealt. Those of us who started life with a better hand would do well to remember that the family we are born into could easily have been one like Reese's. Would we be able to play our cards any better than he did?
KarenBall on LibraryThing 5 days ago
Reese is 14 and in the second year of his sentence at the Progress juvenile detention center. He was arrested and convicted for stealing a doctor's prescription pads, and selling them to a drug dealer. If he behaves and follows all the rules, he might be able to get out early, especially if he gets good reports from his work assignment at a nearby nursing home. If he can't manage that, he'll get sent "upstate" and the prison there is far worse, with much less chance of getting out alive. Reese is smart, but he's made mistakes, and he knows the system will hold those against him... as well as the fact that his mother is an addict, his stepfather is abusive, and his family lives in the projects. Reese has hope, courage, and struggles every day to balance the choices he makes. If he stands up for a weaker boy, the inevitable fight will mean more time added to his sentence, but if he stands by and does nothing, he loses his self-respect. His goal is to get out and find a legit way to earn money to send his little sister Icy to college and get her out of the trap of poverty and crime, but to do that he has to get through the rest of his time at Progress. Actions and consequences are everything. The situations are realistic and uncertain, with threatened and real violence. Some language, but this is an honest part of the story... the conversations wouldn't ring true for imprisoned inner city thugs and thieves otherwise. 8th grade and up.
TigerLMS on LibraryThing 5 days ago
Walter Dean Myers has written another terse, authentic book about the hard life of a teenager with few choices in front of him. 15 year-old Reese stole prescription pads from a doctor's office and sold them to a drug dealer. Reese got busted and is now serving time in a juvenile jail. Even though he's also part of a trial program to help young offenders turn their life around, Reese's life is anything but safe and secure. Inside, he faces threats from many of the boys destined to be repeat offenders: King Kong, Play, Diego, Cobo. As part of the new program, Reese gets to work at an elderly care facility, where he meets Mr. Hooft. The older man's stories help Reese put some of his own life in perspective, but Reese still has to overcome the man's impression that Reese is a criminal. At 247 pages with large type, this is a perfect book for young male readers who believe they don't like to read. It's gritty, and while not always fast paced, it is at least interesting in its look behind the locked doors of jail that most of the readers (hopefully) will never see. Those who have read plenty of Myers other books will feel like they've read this one before in one form or another.
59Square on LibraryThing 5 days ago
This is a National Book Award finalist, and it made me read a book that I probably would not have read. I would suspect that this book would be really popular in Glendale, but I¿m sure it¿s not so popular here. Reese is in juvenile detention, and Myers pulls no punches in depicting the harshness of his jail time. He fully admits what happened and why he did what he did. But he is struggling to find another way, especially after the police come back for him in regards to a new crime he could not possibly have committed. Some things in this story are stereotypical to me ¿ Reese¿s family are dealing and abusing drugs, except for the favored little sister. Reese believes that this young girl can go to college and make something of herself, and at the end of his time he commits himself not to save himself, but to save her. The prison information is gritty and does not make prison sound appealing at all. I think this is a really good book, and it really did make me worry about Reese and his future. As always with Myers, well-written.
SunnySD on LibraryThing 5 days ago
Crabs in a bucket - that's Mr. Cintron's take on it. Any crab that tries to get out, the other crabs just clamp on and drag him back in until getting out seems like a futile prospect. For Reese, doing time in Progress, a juvenile detention center, the future doesn't seem particularly bright. In fact, if he can't learn to control his temper, Progress is only a gateway to a more serious locale upstate, and everything seems out to get him, from his fellow inmates to the patients at his work-release job. But maybe, just maybe if he can keep it together long enough....Myers characters often offer a palatable window into an uncomfortable world most of us wouldn't want to visit, let along live in, and this book is no exception. From the uncomfortable group sessions run by social workers and counselors who have no real answers, to the suspicious looks and fear greeting Reese at Evergreen (itself a not particularly pleasant detention facility of a different sort), there's a definite lesson here. I was glad to see the realistic conclusion with plenty of room for thought and discussion - Reese may work his way out, but there's no guaranteed fairy tale happy ending, just like life.
francescadefreitas on LibraryThing 5 days ago
15 year old Reese is in juvenile prison, guilty of theft. Is he safer in his room, locked down where no one can get him, in prison, where his peers demand violence, or out in the real world, where the fact of his conviction will forever mar his future?I was immediately drawn to Reese, even though his experiences are worlds different from mine. And I was easily drawn into his daily life - his friendship with an elderly man, his defence of a younger prisoner, and his fear of never pulling free of trouble. I was so drawn in that I found the ending sudden and unsatisfying - Reese's personal growth was wonderful to watch, but I would have liked to see some of the loose ends tied in more elaborate knots.I'd give this to teens looking for gritty realistic fiction about prisons, racism, class-ism, or youth crime.
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