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Kindness for Weakness

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Publisher Comments:

“In the spirit of [Walter Dean Myers’s] Monster meeting  The Catcher in the Rye, Goodman’s masterful story will remain with the reader long after the last page, echoing the raw truth that perhaps a real man is one who is both brave and scared.” —Ruta Sepetys, author of Between Shades of Gray

In an environment where kindness equals weakness, how do those who care survive?

Shawn Goodman will capture your heart with this gritty, honest, and moving story about a boy struggling to learn about friendship, brotherhood, and manhood in a society where violence is the answer to every problem.

Review:

"In his second novel set in a juvenile detention center, Goodman (Something Like Hope) introduces 15-year-old James, who is caught running drugs for his older brother and sentenced to a year in juvie. Despite a rough initiation to the program, James — inspired by books recommended to him by his English teacher — does his best to stay out of trouble; however, his emotional and physical strength are tested time and again by corrupt, belligerent guards and boys who pressure him into joining a gang. Tension builds as James's belief in himself and a better future begins to waver, and he helps a peer get revenge on a brutish guard, a choice that has dangerous repercussions. Goodman, who has worked inside such facilities himself, expresses harsh criticism of the juvenile justice system while telling a deeply personal story of an abused teen's struggles to free himself from the constraints preventing him from reaching his goals. James's expanding perception of the world inside and outside of the facility gives insight into the perpetuation of teen violence. Ages 14 — up. Agent: Seth Fishman, the Gernert Company." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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In an environment where kindness equals weakness, how do those who care survive?

About the Author

SHAWN GOODMAN is a writer and a school psychologist. His experiences working in several New York State juvenile detention facilities inspired him to write. He has been an outspoken advocate for juvenile justice reform and has written and lectured on issues related to special education, foster care, and literacy. Shawn lives in Ithaca, New York, with his wife and children. Visit him at ShawnGoodman.com.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780385743242
Author:
Goodman, Shawn
Publisher:
Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers
Subject:
Children s-Adventure Stories
Subject:
Situations / Physical & Emotional Abuse
Subject:
Brothers
Publication Date:
20130531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.55 x 5.77 x 0.94 in 0.835 lb
Age Level:
from 14

Related Subjects

Children's » Action and Adventure » Adventure Stories
Children's » Reference » Family and Genealogy
Children's » Situations » Physical and Emotional Abuse
Young Adult » Fiction » Social Issues » Drugs, Alcohol, Substance Abuse
Young Adult » General

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Product details 272 pages Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers - English 9780385743242 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In his second novel set in a juvenile detention center, Goodman (Something Like Hope) introduces 15-year-old James, who is caught running drugs for his older brother and sentenced to a year in juvie. Despite a rough initiation to the program, James — inspired by books recommended to him by his English teacher — does his best to stay out of trouble; however, his emotional and physical strength are tested time and again by corrupt, belligerent guards and boys who pressure him into joining a gang. Tension builds as James's belief in himself and a better future begins to waver, and he helps a peer get revenge on a brutish guard, a choice that has dangerous repercussions. Goodman, who has worked inside such facilities himself, expresses harsh criticism of the juvenile justice system while telling a deeply personal story of an abused teen's struggles to free himself from the constraints preventing him from reaching his goals. James's expanding perception of the world inside and outside of the facility gives insight into the perpetuation of teen violence. Ages 14 — up. Agent: Seth Fishman, the Gernert Company." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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