Inspired by an actual ten-year-old boy who served time in the Idaho Territorial Penitentiary, Prisoner 88 tells the story of a courageous boy who faces danger and find friendship under the most unusual circumstances.
Hear local author Leah Pileggi tell Jake’s story on Thursday, September 22 at 7:00 – 8:30 PM.
What if you were ten years old and thrown into prison with hardened criminals? That’s what happens to Jake Oliver Evans. Inspired by a true account of a prisoner in the Idaho Territorial Penitentiary in 1885, Jake’s story is as affecting as it is shocking. Convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to five years, Jake is taken under the wing of a young guard and the kindly warden, as well as a few fellow prisoners. He is taught to read and given a job tending hogs at a nearby farm. In prison, Jake finds a home he has never had in a place most people are desperate to leave. But when he has to make a choice about right and wrong during an explosive escape attempt, Jake jeopardizes his friendships and his security.
Selected as one of the Notable Children’s Books in the English Language Arts for 2014, this is an advanced readers chapter book with substantial adult appeal. Please feel free to bring children aged 10 or over to the reading.
Leah Pileggi finds writing ideas everywhere she goes. Jake’s story is one that came to her when she toured the Old Idaho Penitentiary. Leah has published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Chautauquan Daily, and Hopscotch magazine. This is her first novel for children. She and her husband live in Pittsburgh.
Find out more at Leah and see the many awards this book has won at her website http://www.leahpileggi.com.