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Book Title: Lockdown|
The author of the book: Walter Dean Myers
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Edition: Turtleback Books
Date of issue: December 27th 2011
ISBN 13: 9780606153973
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 1.13 MB
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Start your story with a fourteen-year-old boy. He’s African-American. His father is not always around, and is abusive when he is. His mother is an addict. Most of the kids he knows are thugs.
He’s doing time for stealing a doctor’s prescription pad. Locked up in a dirty, tough New York juvenile facility, ironically named the Progress Center, he’s trying to walk a thin line between maintaining some dignity and staying meek enough to earn his release.
The story has to be in first person. It has to be straightforward and plainspoken. No riots or gangbanging. The only death caused by old age, and perhaps heartbreak. The voice has to be true, but also accessible, without relying on hip-hop slang or any other form of time-dated urban cultural baggage.
The boy has to be a good kid.
Those are not the broadest of parameters. Walter Dean Myers, author of the simple, gripping ‘Lockdown,’ makes it look like he’s got all the room in the world, and gets his reader rooting for Maurice ‘Reese’ Anderson, who desperately wants to be a good person leading a rewarding life.
Reese immediately shows his character when a twelve-year-old Progress inmate, the vulnerable Toon, is jumped. Trying to ignore Toon’s cuts and bruises—‘I couldn’t stand up for him and risk getting disciplined’—doesn’t work, and soon Reese is involved. Getting noticed by guards and administrators could mean the end of his work program, helping out at an old people’s home.
At Evergreen, Reese’s compassion is again demonstrated as he puts up with the bigoted remarks of the lonely Mr. Hooft, and eventually forms a friendship with him.
Reese’s humanity is especially evident in his relationship with his little sister, Icy, the protective way he treats her, his desire to preserve her sense of hope, wonder and naiveté.
His connections to others, Reese realizes, are what give him identity and strength, and enable him to negotiate the mean hallways of Progress with a chance to get out and not come back, or worse, move upstate to a real jail.
‘Being alive wasn’t just about breathing and whatnot,’ Reese says. ‘It was like you could look around and somebody else would notice that you were alive.’
Readers of ‘Lockdown’ will notice that Reese is vibrantly and emphatically alive, and will be captivated by his struggle to have that mean something in a society that doesn’t give him much help.
Short and easy to read. Highly recommended for sixth graders on up.
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Walter Dean Myers was born on August 12, 1937 in Martinsburg, West Virginia but moved to Harlem with his foster parents at age three. He was brought up and went to public school there. He attended Stuyvesant High School until the age of seventeen when he joined the army.
After serving four years in the army, he worked at various jobs and earned a BA from Empire State College. He wrote full time after 1977.
Walter wrote from childhood, first finding success in 1969 when he won the Council on Interracial Books for Children contest, which resulted in the publication of his first book for children, Where Does the Day Go?, by Parent's Magazine Press. He published over seventy books for children and young adults. He received many awards for his work in this field including the Coretta Scott King Award, five times. Two of his books were awarded Newbery Honors. He was awarded the Margaret A. Edwards Award and the Virginia Hamilton Award. For one of his books, Monster, he received the first Michael Printz Award for Young Adult literature awarded by the American Library Association. Monster and Autobiography of My Dead Brother were selected as National Book Award Finalists.
In addition to the publication of his books, Walter contributed to educational and literary publications. He visited schools to speak to children, teachers, librarians, and parents. For three years he led a writing workshop for children in a school in Jersey City, New Jersey.
Walter Dean Myers was married, had three grown children and lived in Jersey City, New Jersey. He died on July 1, 2014, following a brief illness. He was 76 years old.
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