Juvie (Paperback)

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Juvie (Paperback)


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“A frank view of life in a juvenile detention center. . . . Absorbing and wrenching.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Sadie has always been the responsible one. 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 — Sadie does the responsible thing and confesses to a crime she didn’t commit. Her choice keeps Carla out of jail and Lulu out of foster care, but Sadie’s former life disappears beyond the stark bars of her cell.

Product Details ISBN: 9780763687564
ISBN-10: 0763687561
Publisher: Candlewick
Publication Date: March 28th, 2017
Pages: 320
Language: English
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)

[T]eens, especially reluctant readers, will be drawn into the tension and action.
—School Library Journal

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.

The point that not guilty doesn’t mean innocent ... is subtly made, and readers may detect it through the overt story of Sadie as a strong and caring heroine making the best of a bad situation.
—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Paint[s] a picture of a life of a teenager who struggles to make good choices. In the end, a hopeful picture emerges for Sadie and her family. This book could fit well in hi/lo collections.
—Library Media Connection

Compelling... A haunting story of loyalty, regret, and the fervent hope for second chances.