Juvie Juvieauthor: Steve Watkins

awards and nominations
1. Westchester Fiction Award: Honorable Mention
reviews
School Library Journal
09/18/2013
School Library Journal
[T]eens, especially reluctant readers, will be drawn into the tension and action.
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Booklist
10/02/2013
Booklist
Compelling... A haunting story of loyalty, regret, and the fervent hope for second chances.
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Library Media Connection
01/08/2014
Library Media Connection
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.
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Publishers Weekly (starred review)
09/10/2013
Publishers Weekly (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.
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VOYA
09/18/2013
VOYA
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.
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Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
07/30/2013
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
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.
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Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
11/13/2013
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
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.
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