Prisoner 88 by Leah Pileggi

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Young readers, including reluctant ones, will be rooting for Jake.


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.

About Leah Pileggi

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Leah Pileggi is a writer, traveler, mother, wife, and professional assistant in the department of electrical and computer engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. She has published several articles in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Hopscotch magazine. Prisoner 88 is her first novel. Visit her at
Published August 1, 2013 by Charlesbridge. 146 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction
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on Apr 24 2013

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