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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.

Author: Beth Fantaskey

This author did a great job of altering the old story by Robert Louis Stevenson called, "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" and making it a modern day romance! The book alternates between narrations of the two main characters, Jill and Tristen. Jill Jekel and Tristen Hyde fall in love in high school chemistry class. Jill is being raised by a single mom and Tristen is being raised by a single dad. They have a lot in common. It becomes more complicated when Tristen's dad (a psychiatrist) starts treating Jill's mom for depression. Another important character is Jill and Tristen's chemistry teacher who seems to have more than an ordinary fascination with these two young people. This book ends up with a dramatic ending.