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November 12, 2013

Prisoner 88 Book Review

*I received a free book for review purpose. I did not receive any other form of compensation from the company. All opinions are my own and not influenced in anyway. My reviews are not always positive, but they are my personal and honest opinions. Other people's views and experiences with the product or products might be different from mine.
"You will love Jake and wish you could know him forever. Leah Pileggi is a wonder."
--Naomi Shihab Nye, author of Habibi, winner of the Jane Addams Children's Book Award

"Bricks on the floor, three stone walls, and that too-tight-wove metal door. A cage. I stood up and walked the length of my cage. Six not-angry steps long and then 'bout four wide."
What if you were ten years old and thrown into prison with hardened criminals? That's just what happens to Jake Oliver Evans. Inspired by a true account of a prisoner in the Idaho Territorial Penitentiary in 1885, Jake's story is as affecting as it is shocking.

Convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to five years, Jake is taken under the wing of a young guard and the kindly warden, as well as a few fellow prisoners. He is taught to read and given a job tending hogs at a nearby farm. In prison, Jake finds a home he has never had in a place most people are desperate to leave. But when he has to make a choice about right and wrong during an explosive escape attempt, Jake jeopardizes his friendships and his security.

Debut novelist Leah Pileggi introduces a strong yet vulnerable character in an exciting and harrowing story of a child growing up on his own in America's Old West. 

Our Review:
Prisoner 88 is a book about a young boy serving time at the Idaho Territorial Penitentiary in 1885. Based on a true story of an actual 10 year old boy, this book is written for kids age 11-14. Although the writing is too difficult for my second grader to read on her own, I have been reading a chapter of it a day to her. What I like about this book is that I am able to discuss the difference between 1885 and current day with her as we go through each chapter. This book brings up issues of tolerance and racism. Furthermore, it teaches my daughter the importance of education warden force Jake to learn how to read and write. There has been a lot of discussions in our household about how knowledge learned through reading is a power tool to have as the result of this book.

To buy the book we received to review, please visit the Charlesbridge website.


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