Sixteen-year old Dallas is sentenced to the Girls' Rehabilitation Center for holding up a store at gunpoint--the ultimate episode in a petty-crime spree she had undertaken. Dallas may have been prematurely labeled as bad by her father, but she is clear about her own responsibility for her sentence and insightful about the low self-esteem she and ...
Sixteen-year old Dallas is sentenced to the Girls' Rehabilitation Center for holding up a store at gunpoint--the ultimate episode in a petty-crime spree she had undertaken. Dallas may have been prematurely labeled as bad by her father, but she is clear about her own responsibility for her sentence and insightful about the low self-esteem she and so many of her fellow delinquents share. An ALA Best Book for Young Adults.
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dallas lives with her father because her mother died... dallas has a boy named ray. he has friends named sony and pam. ray treats dallas the way he wants but she thinks that he is the only one that treats her good. and that he and his friends treat her way better than anybody else can. one night there plan was to rob a jiffy-spotttttt. but they had a gun and the person that was going to have the gun was dallas. she was the one who went in and hold the gun infront of the men behind the chashier. the rest -pam, sony and ray went in but a men acroos the street 4got his lunch he bought so he went bac and saw dallas so he throw himself on top of her all of them ray,sony and ray ran away. dallas got cought and was sentenced to about a long time in grc.
Publishers Weekly, 2001-08-27 A 16-year-old girl spends six months confined to a criminal rehab center. "The narrator comes off as more of an observer than a fully realized character," said PW, "but the author's willingness to explore the issues these girls face, as well as her refusal to settle for easy answers, makes for a thoughtful novel." Ages12-up. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 1998-10-12 Ferris (Invincible Summer) follows six months in the life of a 16-year-old confined to a criminal rehabilitation center for teenage girls in this novel based on interviews with young women in real-life rehab. Dallas craves the excitement of "skating"æhot-wiring cars, shoplifting, snatching pursesæto fill the emptiness left by the death of her irresponsible mother and the coldness of her rule-bound father. But when she's caught in the midst of a convenience store holdup, gun in hand, and her father tells the judge that he can no longer control her, Dallas ends up in Girls' Rehabilitation Center, a stop between "Juvie" and a more punitive work camp. Through Dallas's eyes, readers meet the other wards at GRC, as well as the people who work to help (and sometimes hinder) themæwan, wispy Toozdae, turning tricks to support her siblings; Dahlia, wedded to the white supremacist credo; tough-talking Shatasia, determined to change for the sake of her baby; plus Mary Alice ("Malice"), a probation officer who revels in insulting and ridiculing the girls, and counselor Nolan, who runs their Anger Management sessions. Ferris often opts for insight over authenticity in Dallas's first-person narration ("At home, at schoolæwhen I managed to get thereæeverything seemed to be in slow motion and muted colors. I felt hollow and barely visible"). As a result, the narrator comes off as more of an observer than a fully realized character. But the author's willingness to explore the issues these girls face, as well as her refusal to settle for easy answers and sugarcoated endings, makes for a thoughtful novel. Ages 12-up. (Oct.)
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