Because Jonathan has done something terrible. And he's willing to accept whatever punishment he has coming.
Just as he's getting used to his new situation, however, a freak accident leaves the troubled boys of Slabhenge without any adult supervision. Suddenly the kids are free, with an entire island to themselves. But freedom brings unexpected danger. And if Jonathan can't come to terms with the sins of his past and lead his new friends to safety... then every boy on the island is doomed.
Dan Gemeinhart's most gripping novel yet, this is a tale of misfits and outcasts at odds and in peril, and a redemption story that shines a light on dark truths to reveal that the strongest prisons of all are the ones we build for ourselves.
- ISBN-13: 9781338053845
- ISBN-10: 1338053841
- Publisher: Scholastic Press
- Publish Date: January 2017
- Page Count: 256
- Reading Level: Ages 8-12
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-10-17
- Reviewer: Staff
The opening chapters of Gemeinharts (Some Kind of Courage) fast-paced novel, set in a boys reformatory school on a remote island, immediately bring to mind the sadistic adults and helpless boys of Louis Sachars Holes, but the situation soon changes to a Lord of the Flies scenario. There are 16 troubled boys at Slabhenge, a hulking, jagged building of gray stone crumbling into the sea, sent there for a variety of crimes, but 12-year-old Jonathan Grisby believes himself to be the worst; exactly what he has done comes out in bits and pieces until the complete truth is revealed in the books suspenseful climax. The creepy setting is almost over-the-top, complete with an ancient librarian with a giant pet rat, who gives Jonathanappropriately enougha copy of Robinson Crusoe to read to the others. While only a few of the boys are fleshed out enough to be fully dimensional, the group dynamics of leadership and peer pressure are well depicted and will inspire thoughtful discussion. Ages 812. Agent: Pam Howell, D4EO Literary. (Jan.)