Kindness for Weakness by Shawn Goodman

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The book concludes on a fittingly ambiguous note — no trite happy ending but a touch of hope, in a gripping tale with important lessons for any young man.
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Synopsis

In an environment where kindness equals weakness, how do those who care survive?


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An  ALA-YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Book
 
“Shawn Goodman takes us inside the gritty world of our juvenile justice system with the verve of a master storyteller.” —Jordan Sonnenblick, author of Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie
 
“A gripping story of a boy’s climb to manhood on his own terms.” —Paul Volponi, author of The Final Four
 
“The reader will be seized by [the boy’s] plight and his determination not only to survive, but to better himself.” —Todd Strasser, author of Give a Boy a Gun
 
Kindness for Weakness is a daring, dazzling leap into the dark passage that is the journey to manhood.” —Paul Griffin, author of The Orange Houses
 
“Gripping action, gritty dialogue, vivid characters, and palpable tension permeate the brief chapters of James’s powerful, honest, compelling narrative.” —School Library Journal
 

About Shawn Goodman

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SHAWN GOODMAN is a writer and a school psychologist. His experiences working in several New York State juvenile detention facilities inspired him to write. He has been an outspoken advocate for juvenile justice reform and has written and lectured on issues related to special education, foster care, and literacy. Shawn lives in Ithaca, New York, with his wife and children. Visit him at ShawnGoodman.com.





Author Residence: Ithaca, NY
 
Published May 14, 2013 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 274 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction
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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by Ethan Bronner on May 10 2013

The book concludes on a fittingly ambiguous note — no trite happy ending but a touch of hope, in a gripping tale with important lessons for any young man.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Apr 15 2013

James’s expanding perception of the world inside and outside of the facility gives insight into the perpetuation of teen violence.

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Kirkus

Good
on Mar 13 2013

Readers who are not familiar with the often-harsh conditions of the juvenile justice system will receive a realistic and compelling examination of adolescent life behind bars...

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