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A 21st century response to Walter Dean Myers's classic Lockdown, The Free takes a look inside a "juvie" jail, where Isaac West is fighting for a second chance.

In the beginning, Isaac West stole to give his younger sister Janelle little things: a new sweater, a scarf, just so she looked less like a charity case whose mother spent money on booze and more like the prep school girls he'd see on his way to school.

But when Isaac's petty theft lands him in juvie, he's cut off from helping Janelle. Friendless in a dangerous world of gangs and violent offenders, he must watch his every step. His sentence requires him to meet regularly for group therapy, where the inmates reenact their crimes, attempting to understand what happened from the perspective of their victims.

The therapy is intense. And as Isaac works through scenes with the group, he begins to recall a memory he'd long ago repressed. A memory that changed everything. And as he begins to piece together the truth about the circumstances that shaped his life - the circumstances that brought Isaac to Haverland in the first place - he must face who he was, who he is . . . and who he wants to be.

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Lauren McLaughlin

Lauren McLaughlin grew up in the small town of Wenham, Massachusetts. After college, she spent ten years as a screenwriter and producer before abandoning her screen ambitions to write fiction full time. She lives in New York and London with her husband and daughter and is currently at work on her fifth novel. When not writing, Lauren can be found at the piano, in a dance studio, or in the kitchen inventing new desserts.

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