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Steve Watkins is the author of two other novels for young readers, Down Sand Mountain, winner of a Golden Kite Award, and What Comes After. Juvie was inspired and influenced by Steve's work as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) volunteer and his time spent visiting juvenile detention centres. A short-story writer and winner of a Pushcart Prize, he lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA.
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) * Mentioned in article by Steve Watkins * Sunday Free Lance-Star (Fredericksburg, VA) * 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) * Starred review featured * PW Children's Bookshelf * [T]eens, especially reluctant readers, will be drawn into the tension and action. * School Library Journal * Included in post comparing book covers * 100 Scope Notes * 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. * VOYA * Featured/recommended * YABooksCentral.com * Compelling... A haunting story of loyalty, regret, and the fervent hope for second chances. * Booklist * Featured/recommended * What The Flicka? (blog) * Featured/recommended * Sunday Free-Lance Star * 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 * Sadie ... begins to realize that good will must be tempered by caution and that she is responsible for the consequences of her actions, even if she sublimates the motive. This is an important concept for many teens, who may greatly underestimate their own complicity when passively supporting risky behavior. * BookPage Online * 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 *