Take a Sad Song

It's the summer of 1970, and 15-year-old Jane is still reeling from the death of her father. She starts partying to deal with her grief, but a frantic call from her mother leads to her arrest. Jane awaits her hearing with hope, but instead she is sentenced to a yearlong stay at the New York State Training School for Girls. She faces bullying and solitary confinement, and all seems lost. Then she's introduced to the Racket, an underground world of gender role-play, romantic relationships, and chosen families the inmates have created. She befriends and develops deep feelings for fellow inmate Jo-Jo, who shares her love of music. Jane comes to appreciate the complex lives of people she never would have gotten to know on the outside—but she knows that her new family can be taken away in an instant.

RL
Grades
2-3
IL
Grades
9-12+
GRL
N
Details:
Product:
ISBN: 978-1-9785-9741-9
Author: Ona Gritz
Copyright: 2025
Reading Level: Grades 2-3
Interest Level: Grades 9-12+
GRL: N
Pages: 200
Dimensions: 5 1/2" x 8 1/4"
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