Author – Steve Watkins
Age – 14+
When Carla asks her younger sister Sadie (17) to go to a party, Sadie doesn’t want to go. She’s a good student, a good aunt, loving and looking out for her niece Lulu more than her mother half the time; and she is the captain of her High School basketball team.
Her plan is to finish school with excellent marks, and get a basketball scholarship to a University, but going to the party with Carla changes everything.
Told in alternate chapters before and after her conviction, we see what it’s like in juvie, stepping round the other inmates as if they were time bombs ready to explode. Learning what to avoid, that you can’t trust anyone but yourself, as you are surrounded by lies every day. One inmate may be friendly but only because they have their own agenda in getting back at someone else.
Believable characters and an inside look at being in a Juvenile Detention Centre.
(Bullying, Conflict, Crime, Family, Secret, Siblings)