Lockdown

Lockdown

A Novel of Suspense

Book - 2017
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A year ago, Principal Linda McDonald arrived at Guadalupe Middle School determined to overturn the school's reputation for truancy, gang violence, and neglect. One of her initiatives is Career Day: bringing together children, teachers, and community presenters in a celebration of the future. But some in attendance reject McDonald's bright vision. When a shocking turn of events transforms a day of possibilities into an explosive confrontation, the chain of interactions locks together hidden lives, troubling secrets, and the bravest impulses of the human heart.
"Career Day at Guadalupe Middle School: A day given to innocent hopes and youthful dreams. A day no one in attendance will ever forget. A year ago, Principal Linda McDonald arrived at Guadalupe determined to overturn the school's reputation for truancy, gang violence, and neglect. One of her initiatives is Career Day--bringing together children, teachers, and community presenters in a celebration of the future. But there are some in attendance who reject McDonald's bright vision. A principal with a secret. A husband with a murky past. A cop with too many questions. A kid under pressure to prove himself. A girl struggling to escape a mother's history. A young basketball player with an affection for guns. Even the school janitor has a story he dare not reveal. But no one at the gathering anticipates the shocking turn of events that will transform a day of possibilities into an explosive confrontation."--
Publisher: New York, Bantam Books,, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780804177931
0804177937
Characteristics: 386 pages ; 25 cm.

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LauraSteinert
Aug 02, 2017

One of my favorite authors, so I hate to say that this really let me down. Other than a brief appearance by a character from another book, this was tedious. Every chapter has a new narrator--and many of the chapters are less than a page. It was a scattered story line and hard to follow, and the twist was, at best, lame. It felt as if she had merely collected her old short stories and tried to fit them together into a novel because she had no new ideas. It seems it felt obvious to her as she made a great point of that NOT being the case in her acknowledgements. This might be okay for young teens (middle school) with short attention spans but I would recommend it not be read without parental supervision and input. As usual, however, the characters were well developed, interesting and unusual.

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