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Locked Up

By Cristy Watson

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Series: Lorimer SideStreets

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When he was fifteen, Kevin took a car for a joyride and got in an accident that seriously injured a pedestrian. Known inside juvenile detention as Strider, he has spent more than two years incarcerated, and has learned the hard way how to survive inside. Strider keeps his head down and continues his schoolwork, and another inmate called Wired gives Strider protection from the gangs in exchange for loans of money and helping Wired cheat on tests. When his parole officer suggests that he apply for early parole, Strider realizes that it would be hard for him to survive on the outside. All the kids he knew have moved on without him, and he has nothing to return to but life with his father since his mother left them.

When Strider sees Wired's sister Larkyn come to visit her brother, he is very attracted to her. Maybe with someone like her, Strider can learn how to get by when he gets out. But his hopes that there might be a life for him after juvie are dashed when it becomes clear that Larkyn is just bait to get Strider to bring in contraband for Wired to distribute. Riddled with guilt, Strider feels he doesn't deserve to ever be let out, because he ruined his own life and the life of the victim of the car accident. But then he gets a visit from Aisha, the daughter of the man who was injured in the accident. With Aisha's help, can Strider forgive himself and try to make a life on the outside?

"... brings helpful light to a dark subject."

- Patricia Jermey Resource Links

Locked Up will make readers look at others in a different light and think before they judge. With numerous opportunities for discussion about consequences, if prison is always the best way to punish someone, and different ways to work through difficult personal issues and feelings, Locked Up will give readers a lot to think about."

- CM: Canadian Review of Materials

CRISTY WATSON is an award winning author of eight novels. Cristy learned about life in juvie from a young man who wanted to give back by sharing his insights into the world of Juvie and adult prison. She lives in Surrey, British Columbia.

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Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 176 pages
Publication Date: 5th February 2019
ISBN: 9781459414037
Format: 7.5in x 5.25in

Binding: Hardback, 176 pages
Publication Date: 1st August 2019
ISBN: 9781459414051
Format: 7.5in x 5.25in

Binding: Electronic book text, 176 pages
Publication Date: 5th February 2019
ISBN: 9781459414044
Format: EPUB

BISAC Code:  YAF029000, YAF037000, YAF058220, YAF058270
Imprint: Lorimer

Interest age: From 13 To 18
Fry Reading Level [grade]: 2.0
Lexile Reading Level: HL520L


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SideStreets Series

Edgy & realistic teen fiction

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Series features

  • Page-turning novels that engage reluctant readers
  • Presenting real-world issues in real ways
  • Award-winning, knowledgeable authors
  • Diverse characters and settings

"Sensitive and effective, these small, short books are explicitly aimed at reluctant readers." —Kirkus Reviews

"The quality of writing is excellent, and this book should be in every junior and senior- high school library...highly recommended."
—Canadian Book Review Annual

Sidestreets are edgy, fast-paced novels, that combine real-world themes and believable characters to make for short heart-stopping books - sure to engage the most reluctant reader.