Through brilliant storytelling, Ayers captures the lives and personalities of young people caught in the juvenile justice system and urges us to change the way we think about kids and crime.
"Ayers's book does for incarcerated kids . . . what Studs Terkel has done for the city's working folks, [and] what Alex Kotlowitz has done for the residents of its housing projects."
—Anthony Platt, Los Angeles Times Book Review "Based on his observations as a teacher in Chicago's Juvenile Court system, the nation's largest institution of juvenile justice. . . . The book offers a view of delinquent youths you won't see much of on the evening news."
In a well-written and profoundly disturbing book, Ayers, who teaches offenders in Chicago's juvenile court system, is a brilliant storyteller. His book portrays the lives of his students--both within the juvenile temporary detention center and on the "outside."