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Kindness for Weakness

By Joe Applegate, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Gritty story about a boy growing up fast in prison.

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Shawn Goodman, a school psychologist who worked in a juvenile "residential center," deserves credit for writing a blunt account of life within it in KINDNESS FOR WEAKNESS. The unappealing routines, the despicable talk, the imminent and explosive violence are all here, and so is the fact that almost no one stands a good chance of self-fulfillment. This worthy author writes in the postscript, "... instead of apologizing for the darkness of this story, I will simply thank you for reading, and thinking, and feeling."

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