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The Upstate Boys by [Aronskind, Ofer]
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Length: 342 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Language: English

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John Shepherd (Shep) is a kid of the streets. An orphan bounced around from one foster family to another until he winds up in a juvenile detention center in upstate New York. While incarcerated, Shep and his fellow inmates are subjected to regular beatings and forced hard labor by the corrupt warden who runs the facility along with his squadron of armed guards. But Shep is no ordinary minor and has no intention of spending the rest of his youth behind bars. Shep and a handful of other inmates hatch a bold plan which culminates in a spectacular turn of events changing the lives of the young prisoners and their captors forever. The Upstate Boys is a tale of adventure, redemption and the unbreakable will of the human spirit. A must read for young and old alike, for anyone who ever dreamed of freedom and especially for those who made it happen.

Ofer’s primary goal is to write books that young adults will want to read. His writing frequently draws upon his own life experiences, as well as those of his sons. His first two books, Summer Sleep-Away and That Same Summer, are loosely based on adventures and anecdotes from summer camp that his family operated in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 899 KB
  • Print Length: 342 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1511812923
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B010C30B08
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #933,083 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Young Adult Shawshank-Brubaker-esque story 8 October 2015
By SantaFlash - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
When I read the synopsis for the Upstate Boys, I immediately signed up to review the book. Lately, I've read a lot of paranormal, Science Fiction and Fantasy novels. I hoped this would be a nice change. The Upstate Boys reminded me of a mix between Shawshank Redemption and Brubaker, both which I like. The author covers each boy's past and how they'd arrived at the Thomas G. Randall Home for Boys. The writing is good and the story is always moving. It seems like a neverending adventure for each character. Just when you think they'll get a reprieve, something else happens. How much more can they take? They went through a lot in this story. Not only did they have little food or even a decent place to stay, the boys also suffered from verbal abuse. But that was nothing compared to what they'd experience at Randall. It was more a prison than a home for boys. Those in power abused their positions. They saw the boys merely as an opportunity for financial gain.

What I liked:

That these characters, though in their teens or younger, persevered through the worse of abuse.
The camaraderie between the main characters.

What I didn't like:

I understand the idea of making the story as realistic as possible, so the author uses a lot of slang and speech to give a better feel for the time and the people. For those that have a problem with a lot of foul language use, approach this story with some caution (story includes basic curse words, to some f-bombs and the cursing of God's name).

The abuse done to the boys. I realize this was a major plot point of the story, but it was hard to read. If you don't like to read about or watch movies regarding torture, you'll want to stay away from this story. I don't know if I'll be able to trust anyone enough to send my kids away to any camp or program away from home, especially after this novel!

If you like prison stories, like Shawshank or Brubaker, you'll definite enjoy this story. Though I really don't like reading or watching anything with torture, the story itself was still good and I recommend it to anyone looking for a fiction story that doesn't involve dragons, elves or aliens. :)
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read 22 September 2015
By Matt Sollie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The Upstate Boys captured my attention from the first page. Shep, an orphan, leads a band of ‘boys’ who got a rough start in life and quickly find themselves in an evil place. You can’t help but root for these ‘boys’ as they face unbelievable challenges, daring escapes and harrowing adventures.

Ofer brings his characters to life through his beautiful story telling. You find yourself in awe of the circumstances and opposition these ‘boys’ face and how they fight not only for their own freedom but for the freedom of all the Upstate Boys.
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read 3 September 2015
By Janet Mavroudakis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Once again this author captured my attention and heart with the characters in this story. I quickly grew fond of the "boys" and was rooting for them throughout their adventure. Page turner with a few interesting twists/turns. Highly recommend