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When I first got to Progress, it freaked me out to be locked in a room and unable to get out. But after a while, when you got to thinking about it, you knew nobody could get in, either.

It seems as if the only progress that's going on at Progress juvenile facility is moving from juvy jail to real jail. Reese wants out early, but is he supposed to just sit back and let his friend Toon get jumped? Then Reese gets a second chance when he's picked for the work program at a senior citizens' home. He doesn't mean to keep messing up, but it's not so easy, at Progress or in life. One of the residents, Mr. Hooft, gives him a particularly hard time. If he can convince Mr. Hooft that he's a decent person, not a criminal, maybe he'll be able to convince himself.

Acclaimed author Walter Dean Myers offers an honest story about finding a way to make it without getting lost in the shuffle.

Hardcover, 256 pages
Published on February 2, 2010 by Amistad
ISBN-10: 0061214809
ISBN-13: 9780061214806
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  • gap430
    gap430Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 3:19 pm
    I think this book would teach a really good lesson
    • odland
      Mrs. OdlandFriday, August 10, 2012 at 3:23 pm
      What does it mean to be free? This book explores how freedom of choice has lasting effects.