Available now (Feb. 2011)
Review copy from library
For the very first time in his decades-long career writing for teens, acclaimed and beloved author Walter Dean Myers writes with a teen, Ross Workman.
Kevin Johnson is thirteen years old. And heading for juvie. He's a good kid, a great friend, and a star striker for his Highland, New Jersey, soccer team. His team is competing for the State Cup, and he wants to prove he has more than just star-player potential. Kevin's never been in any serious trouble . . . until the night he ends up in jail. Enter Sergeant Brown, a cop assigned to be Kevin's mentor. If Kevin and Brown can learn to trust each other, they might be able to turn things around before it's too late.
Trevor's Thoughts: This was a great book. My favorite character was Kevin, the soccer player. He was the 13-year-old boy who was arrested for driving a car. I liked Kevin because he showed true friendship to Christy by not telling the cops the whole story. Kevin took the fall and went to juvie hall without saying anything. However, I was really happy later when Kevin came out and told the truth.
My least favorite character was the guy on the other soccer team. He was so mean. He tackled Kevin all the time and then started a fight with one of his teammates. I didn't like this guy because, on the field, he showed poor sportsmanship and had no respect for the other players or people watching the game.
My favorite part of the book was when Kevin told Sergeant Brown about what really happened. Sergeant Brown said that if he was in that position, he would have done the same thing as Kevin did. I think Kevin made the right decision because it was either drive Christy home or let Christy's mother possibly commit suicide. I also liked where Kevin and Christy walked out of the mall together. Kevin showed great care for Christy because, when she started to cry, he left his friends and walked her home.
It really sucked when Kevin got sent to juvie hall. It was unfair and awful because I knew he was just trying to help a friend who was going through hard times.
You should definitely read this book. It's a quick read and absolutely amazing. I don't always like to read but this book made me not want to put it down until the end.
Today's Teen Reviewer, Trevor, is a freshman in high school and loves sports, especially tennis. His favorite subject is science, particularly when you get to do experiments. When not at school or on the court, Trevor can be found at the local mall, hanging with his friends.