Nancy Keane's Booktalks -- Quick and Simple
Sorrells, Walter.
New York : Dutton Childrens Books, 2006
ISBN 0525476970
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Oz never imagined things would get so bad when his mom marries a controlling, brutal man soon after his father's death.  He is mean and abusive (both physically and mentally) to Oz when his mom isnít around and sweet and caring towards him when she is.  But even that didn't prepare Oz for being framed for drug possession.  His mom just stands by and looks on as he is  abducted and taken away to Briarwood School, which is really a prison. Now, cut off from the rest of the world, on an island in the middle of an alligator infested swamp with no way off, he and the other prisoners are subjected to vicious punishments with no hope of escape. The most vicious is a place called the Silent Room. No one wants to talk about what happens to you in there. All they will say is that you never come out the same as you were when you went in. Even the toughest kids are broken in the Silent Room. Then, Oz discovers who is behind his being set up and sent here, but he what doesn't understand is why. By the time he figures it out, he knows that he has to find a way to get off of the island fast, and the Silent Room may be the only way. If he doesn't him, his mom and the other boys on the island could end up dead. Is Oz strong enough to withstand the Silent Room? The Silent Room by Walter Sorrells is Holes on steroids!  (Virginia, Tuscarawas County Public Library; New Philadelphia, OH)
SUBJECTS:     Family problems -- Fiction.
                        Boarding schools -- Fiction.
                        Schools -- Fiction.
                        Stepfathers -- Fiction.
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