The book that I read is called LockDown By Walter Dean Myers. Walter Dean Myers is known for writing fiction,nonfiction, and poetry books for young adults and children. He is a New York Times bestselling author and the winner of the first Michael L. Printz Award. He lives in Jersey City, New Jersey, with his family.
“The Other Wes Moore” is a true story, written by Wes Moore about how he and another kid with the same name ended up with two extremely different fates. Both Wes`s lived in the same area, grew up without fathers, had a difficult childhood and both got in trouble with the law for being involved with the wrong crowd in the streets. The Two both also were raised by single mothers who influenced their lives extremely. Wes found out about the other Wes and began to visit him in prison. Wes Moore wrote this book because he realized that the fate of the other Wes could’ve easily been his.
“Dead or in Prison”, is an autobiography written and based on the life of George Duvall. Through trial and hardship that most couldn’t even fathom, Duvall is able to avoid the prophecy bestowed upon him by his uncle, “you’ll be dead or in prison by the time you’re 13”(Duvall vi). Duvall’s writing for anyone from young adults to the elderly. The language he used while writing the book is simple; though the reader must be mature enough to reflect on the hardships Duvall faced and understand that some of the language in the book reflects the time period. This story spans from 1982, when Duvall’s uncle tells him of how dim his future looks, to 1996, when Duvall wrote “his Angel” and letter, thanking her for the incredible impact she had on his life.
The Shack, written by WM. Paul Young is an extraordinary novel. I admire what Mr. Young has done with this book. The intense characters he has created, the engaging ideas presented and the description of the events are all so surreal. One of the best parts about this book is the theology. This book that Mr. Young has written is about a man finding his way back to God after his daughter was kidnapped and murdered. Though some people think God to be an old white man with a beard in the sky, that is not at all what Young has portrayed God as. It seems as if he has done a very thorough job of researching God’s character and who he is. Another aspect I really liked was the main character, Mackenzie’s daughter. She was a sweet young girl with a personality and character that could melt any heart. Though there are countless wonders in this book, some areas could still use some work. For instance, right after Mackenzie’s daughter dies, the description goes downhill for a while and the intensity just drops, leaving the reader struggling to continue. After a chapter of this dull writing, Young picks up his description and storytelling once again.
The setting for this story is in Furnace Penitentiary and basically the world itself. The book doesn’t give you an exact time or year it takes place in, but makes references to WWII, and other references to make me believe it takes place in the future, perhaps around 2040. The story covers about a week's time and the setting is important to the story line. The main character is Alex Sawyer and he’s fifteen.
The book I have chosen to review is Boy 21, a fictional read that is written by Matthew Quick. Quick is a New York Times best-selling author debuting in novels such as The Silver Linings Playbook and Love May Fail. To best describe this book, it is a captivating read that is comforting for the mind, as it canvasses the raw and unflinching life of a high school senior who displays love for basketball and life relationships. Furthermore, set in a troubled Belmont city of Philadelphia, Quick incorporates the presence of mobs and violence which is captivating towards the reader and audience. I was intrigued about how the novel was written through Finley the main protagonist, which was Quick’s childhood perspective of life in Philadelphia and his passion towards basketball.
From an early age you can tell that the men were somewhat different in demeanour. Although both me made plenty of bad decisions in their early lives, it soon becomes evident that the author and the “other” Wes were going to end up in very different places. A subject touched on in this book is the role of law enforcement. Both of the Wes’s did end up in the back of a police cruiser at some point in their lives. The “other” Wes tells the story of how he was “being pushed face down onto his bed, his hands locked in cuffs behind him”(Find Page).
Though Steve Harmon was found not guilty and has all of his chargers cleared, it was cleared that Kathy O’Brien (his attorney) had doubts about his innocence. Another novel Myers written was Lockdown. Lockdown is about a boy Maurice (Reese) Anderson has already spent twenty-two months in Progress, a juvenile facility for troubled youths. Reese desperately wants to be released from Progress.
It taught me that strength and perseverance can make a significant impact in life. I also learned that forgiveness and the ability to forgive is much more powerful than I ever realized. This novel sucked me into the story and its characters and took me on an emotional ride of highs and lows. Finally, it forced me to reevaluate my previous judgement of the homeless.
As the story reads through it creates a transition that focuses on what action is going on in the story. The most significant part of the story is the way the story ends. The last lines of the story read, “Then for a moment I could see him as I might have let him go, sinuous and self-respecting in
Beside the terrifying horrors, written by Stephen King, the realistic and deeply psychological novel “Rita Hayworth and Shawshank redemption” seems very unusual. It lacks horrific clowns or extremely dangerous viruses, but still attracts the reader’s attention. Despite the powerful psychological background, the social motives in the story-line prevail. Through the images of Andy Dufresne, description of in-prison social reality and lesser characters, the author depicts the entire American society with the wide range of its internal problems, values and concerns.
Poverty shares traits with the Shawshank State Penitentiary: a rare few find a way out but more often than not, those who begin the escape get caught and sent back to the same place they started. The path out exists, but it may require help from outside influences or having to digging away at a hole with a rock hammer for years. Unfortunately, not every impoverished American shares the triumphant tale of Andy Dufresne. The Other Wes Moore tells the story of two men of the same name and beginnings who have disparate futures. The author, Wes Moore, ended up on a path to success while the other Wes Moore remains in a jail cell for the rest of his life.
Few remember that not just the indicted are changed in the prison system-the authority figures become different, too. Thousands of people go to detention facilities and stay there from minutes to decades, but the authority figures stay there with every influx of new prisoners. The wardens, in particular, are a monumental part of the system. They regulate the prisoners causing them to adapt to situations, whether positive or negative. Samuel Norton, the warden in the adaptation of Stephen King’s Shawshank Redemption, is embodied by the atmosphere of the prison.