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House Arrest Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Holt, K. A.
ISBN: 1452156484     ISBN-13: 9781452156484
Publisher: Chronicle Books Llc
    OUR PRICE: $7.19  
Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: August 2016
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Annotation: Required to keep a journal as well as report to a probation officer and therapist, a young man who is on probation for one year has difficulty staying out of trouble when he is compelled to take drastic measures to help his struggling family and sick brother.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Diaries; Fiction.
Juvenile delinquency; Fiction.
Family life; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2016032185
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.25" H x 5.75" W x 1.00" (0.85 lbs) 302 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 178259
Reading Level: 4.0   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 4.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q69492
Reading Level: 4.4   Interest Level: Grades 6-8   Point Value: 9.0
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2015 August #1)

Twelve-year-old Timothy is spending a year under house arrest after stealing a wallet to pay for medicine for his sick baby brother, Levi. To avoid juvie, he must reflect on what he did in a court-ordered journal, in addition to weekly visits with a probation officer and psychologist. Holt (Rhyme Schemer) establishes Timothy's voice via episodic free verse poems that showcase her finesse with the form, persuasively expressing his many emotions. For example, he's angry with his father for abandoning them ("I wish I could drive/ away, away, away./ But even if I could, I wouldn't./ Because there are people to take care of./ People you left behind"), worried about Levi's health, hopeful that he can help his mother and brother, and developing feelings for his best friend's older sister. Touches of humor lighten the mood, and Holt's firsthand knowledge of the subject (her own son had trachea problems, the acknowledgments reveal) adds depth to this poignant drama without overwhelming it. The focus remains on Timothy's journey to overcome his troubles, though if the ending is any indication, he has a ways to go. Ages 10–up. Agent: Ammi-Joan Paquette, Erin Murphy Literary Agency. (Oct.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2015 July)

Gr 6–10—Timothy stole a wallet, and now he's an adjudicated delinquent. The only places he's allowed to go are to school and to appointments with his therapist and probation officer. Also, the judge gave him a journal-writing assignment. If Timothy shows signs of remorse and doesn't get into more trouble over the course of the next year, he may be able to avoid being sent to juvie. But Timothy didn't take the wallet for himself. His family is in dire financial straits ever since his father left and his younger brother was born with serious health issues. Now, with plenty of spare time on his hands, Timothy can fully explore his complicated feelings about his current family situation. He knows one thing, though: stealing the wallet may have been wrong, and he knows it didn't help, but if there's a way he can truly help his struggling family, he won't hesitate to act. This gripping novel in verse evokes a wide variety of emotional responses, as it is serious and funny, thrilling and touching, sweet and snarky. Timothy is an entirely believable kid, and his brother's health issues, as well as Timothy's reactions to them, are skillfully described. VERDICT This story will have plenty of appeal for reluctant and enthusiastic readers alike and will be a good fit for most library collections.—Misti Tidman, Licking County Library, Newark, OH

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2015 August)

Gr 6–10—Timothy stole a wallet, and now he's an adjudicated delinquent. The only places he's allowed to go are to school and to appointments with his therapist and probation officer. Also, the judge gave him a journal-writing assignment. If Timothy shows signs of remorse and doesn't get into more trouble over the course of the next year, he may be able to avoid being sent to juvie. But Timothy didn't take the wallet for himself. His family is in dire financial straits ever since his father left and his younger brother was born with serious health issues. Now, with plenty of spare time on his hands, Timothy can fully explore his complicated feelings about his current family situation. He knows one thing, though: stealing the wallet may have been wrong, and he knows it didn't help, but if there's a way he can truly help his struggling family, he won't hesitate to act. This gripping novel in verse evokes a wide variety of emotional responses, as it is serious and funny, thrilling and touching, sweet and snarky. Timothy is an entirely believable kid, and his brother's health issues, as well as Timothy's reactions to them, are skillfully described. VERDICT This story will have plenty of appeal for reluctant and enthusiastic readers alike and will be a good fit for most library collections.—Misti Tidman, Licking County Library, Newark, OH

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