Steve Watkins
Heart-wrenching and real, Juvie tells the story of two sisters grappling with accountability, sacrifice — and who will be there to help you after you take the fall.Sadie Windas has always been the responsible one — she’s the star player on her AAU basketball team, she gets good grades, she dates a cute soccer player, and she tries to help out at home. Not like her older sister, Carla, who leaves her three-year-old daughter, Lulu, with Aunt Sadie while she parties and gets high. But when both sisters are caught up in a drug deal — wrong place, wrong time — it falls to Sadie to confess to a crime she didn’t commit to keep Carla out of jail and Lulu out of foster care. Sadie is supposed to get off with a slap on the wrist, but somehow, impossibly, gets sentenced to six months in juvie. As life as Sadie knew it disappears beyond the stark bars of her cell, her anger — at her ex-boyfriend, at Carla, and at herself — fills the empty space left behind. Can Sadie forgive Carla for getting her mixed up in this mess? Can Carla straighten herself out to make a better life for Lulu, and for all of them? Can Sadie survive her time in juvie with her spirit intact?

Book Details


  • Fiction

Age Level: 

  • Mature Young Adult
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Sadie is a responsible, basketball-playing, job-holding high school junior. She has a boyfriend, and loves spending time with her three year old niece. Her life is torn apart, however, when she gives two men a ride to a convenience store-  and gets arrested for dealing pot. 

In order to keep her older sister out of jail, and her niece out of foster care, Sadie pleads guilty to the charges despite her innocence. She gets sent to a juvenile detention center for six months, where she meets other minors accused and convicted of serious crimes. 

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Juvie, written by Steve Watkins, is about teenager Sadie Windas who is the star of her basketball team, popular in school, and gets good grades. Sadie also has to go to juvie for 6 months to keep Clara,a partier, a bad mother, and her older siste, out of jail. The novel goes back and forth between the events leading up to juvie and her hardships in it.

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