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Heart-wrenching and real, Juvie tells the story of two sisters grappling with accountability, sacrifice -- and who will be there to help you after you take the fall.

Sadie Windas has always been the responsible one -- she's the star player on her AAU basketball team, she gets good grades, she dates a cute soccer player, and she tries to help out at home. Not like her older sister, Carla, who leaves her three-year-old daughter, Lulu, with Aunt Sadie while she parties and gets high. But when both sisters are caught up in a drug deal -- wrong place, wrong time -- it falls to Sadie to confess to a crime she didn't commit to keep Carla out of jail and Lulu out of foster care. Sadie is supposed to get off with a slap on the wrist, but somehow, impossibly, gets sentenced to six months in juvie. As life as Sadie knew it disappears beyond the stark bars of her cell, her anger -- at her ex -boyfriend, at Carla, and at herself -- fills the empty space left behind. Can Sadie forgive Carla for getting her mixed up in this mess? Can Carla straighten herself out to make a better life for Lulu, and for all of them? Can Sadie survive her time in juvie with her spirit intact?
Publisher: Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780763655099
Branch Call Number: YA WATKINS
Characteristics: 311 p. ; 22 cm


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nkontrol Jan 24, 2014

The book got good in the middle near the end. Sadie takes the fall for her older sister Carla, so Lulu, Carla's daughter wouldn't be without a mother. The Juvie characters are forgettable. This book needs a sequel.

LibraryK8 Nov 19, 2013

When Sadie Windas agrees to takes the blame for her sister's mistake she does it to keep her sister out of jail and to protect her niece from growing up without a mother. The lawyer promises that since she is a juvenile without a prior record the worst she will get is 6 months probation and some community service...so when the judge sentences her to 6 months at a juvenile detention facility, Sadie feels betrayed. But what is done is done, and now she must live up to her choice.


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