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Title: Lockdown
Author: Walter Dean Myers

Reese Anderson is given an opportunity to spend time helping in a nursing home as a break from an institution he has been housed in for two years. He is being punished for a crime involving drugs. He is only 14. At the nursing home, he meets a resident named Mr. Hooft. Although their relationship is contentious at the start, they eventually get to know one another. It turns out that Reese grows to understand some lessons about life from Mr. Hooft. By the end of the book, the reader feels very hopeful that Reese will be able to get his life on track. This book is truthful because you never know who you are going to meet who might help you on YOUR life's journey. The only thing I wished for from this book was more conversations between Reese and Mr. Hooft. Although, I must admit, what was portrayed was probably realistic because they would have not had that much time to spend together/talk.

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Author: Sarah Dessen

This was my first Sarah Dessen book and I really really liked it. The main character, Ruby, wears a necklace with a key on it that becomes symbolic of letting go of her past and embracing her future. Ruby is in high school and is abandoned by her mother. She ends up living with Cora, her older sister, who has a completely different lifestyle, a wonderful husband, and an interesting young male neighbor who befriends Ruby. I love characters and this book is studded with interesting ones. Among them are the boy who tutors Ruby in calculus, the woman who hires Ruby to work with her in the mall, the young woman who works at the movie theater and becomes her friend. Ruby is shedding her old life gradually and living fully in her new life. The book is very sweet and ties up very nicely at the end but is also very realistic. I love books about second chances. This was a super one! Terrific writing, too. This is an author to watch!

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Author: Alex & Brett Harris

(Most people don’t expect you to understand what we’re going to tell you in this book. And even if you understand, they don’t expect you to care. And even if you care, they don’t expect you to do anything about it. And even if you do something about it, they don’t expect it to last. Well, we do.) An excerpt from “Do Hard Things” With those words they had me curious…I’ve looked at a few of the self help books and they seemed to say the same thing, “you have to help yourself’. The Christian ones were better but none were really geared towards me a teen (and the ones that were, never really held my interest for too long). But with this, things were different

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