The Free

The Free

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A 21st century response to Walter Dean Myers's classic Lockdown , The Free takes a look inside juvie, where Isaac West is fighting for a second chance.

In the beginning, Isaac West stole to give his younger sister, Janelle, little things: a new sweater, a scarf, just things that made her look less like a charity case whose mother spent money on booze and more like the prep school girls he's seen on the way to school.

But when his biggest job to date, a car theft, goes wrong, Isaac chooses to take the full rap himself, and he's cut off from helping Janelle. He steels himself for 30 days at Haverland Juvenile Detention Facility. Friendless in a dangerous world of gangs and violent offenders, he must watch his every step.

Isaac's sentence includes group therapy, where he and fellow inmates reenact their crimes, attempting to understand what happened from the perspective of their victims. The sessions are intense. And as Isaac pieces together the truth about the circumstances that shaped his life--the circumstances that landed him in juvie in the first place--he must face who he was, who he is . . . and who he wants to be.
Publisher: New York : Soho Teen, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781616957315
9781616958749
Branch Call Number: YA FIC McLau
Characteristics: 278 pages ; 22 cm

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Likes and Dislikes: When I first picked up the book, I thought it was going to be really great because of the cover. The cover shows a "prison" barb wire gate breaking into a lot of birds, describing the title "The Free." I was interested at first, how will Issac West deal with the problem? Will he do something horrifying to save his sister? I wasn't really interested in continuing reading afterwards, and the ending didn't really satisfy me. My rating is 3.5/5.

-Review from Fleetwood teen Kaniel

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