The End of the Line

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The End of the Line

By Angela Cerrito

Holiday House, Hardcover, 9780823422876, 213pp.

Publication Date: March 11, 2011

Thirteen-year-old Robbie is locked in a room with nothing

but a desk, a chair, a piece of paper, and a pencil. He's starving, but all they ll give him is water. He is sure he's in a nuthouse or a prison. Actually, he's at Great Oaks School, aka the End of the Line. Kept in solitary confinement, Robbie must earn points for food, a bed, even bathroom privileges. He must learn to listen carefully, to follow the rules, and to accept and admit the truth: he is a murderer. Robbie's first-person account of his struggles at the school at times horrifying, at times hilarious alternates with flashbacks to the events that

led to his incarceration. Ultimately he must confront the question: which is worse that he wanted to kill his friend Ryan or that he killed him by accident? Gripping and suspenseful, this is a powerful, no-holds-barred novel by an exciting new talent.