Genre: Young Adult


Performed by:
Whitney Dykhouse

Heart-wrenching and real, Juvie is the story of two sisters grappling with sacrifice, accountability—and who’ll be there to help you up after you take the fall. Sadie Windas has always been the responsible one — she’s the star player on her AAU basketball team, she gets good grades, she dates a cute soccer player, and she tries to help out at home. Not like her older sister, Carla, who leaves her three-year-old daughter, Lulu, with Aunt Sadie while she parties and gets high. But when both sisters are caught up in a drug deal — wrong place, wrong time — it falls to Sadie to confess to a crime she didn’t commit to keep Carla out of jail and Lulu out of foster care. Sadie is supposed to get off with a slap on the wrist, but somehow, impossibly, gets sentenced to six months in juvie. As life as Sadie knew it disappears beyond the stark bars of her cell, her anger — at her ex-boyfriend, at Carla, and at herself — fills the empty space left behind. Can Sadie forgive Carla for getting her mixed up in this mess? Can Carla straighten herself out to make a better life for Lulu, and for all of them? Can Sadie survive her time in juvie with her spirit intact?

Unabridged recording:
Run time: 8 hours
Media Options:
  • Retail Trade: CD, Download, MP3-CD
  • Library Editions: CD

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Steve Watkins

Steve Watkins is the author of Great Falls, Juvie, and What Comes After. He teaches journalism, creative writing, and Vietnam War literature at the University of Mary Washington in Virginia and he works as an advocate for abused and neglected children.
Whitney Dykhouse

Whitney Dykhouse balances two careers as a professional actor and teacher in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She teaches middle school Spanish and also works as a print, theatrical, and voice actor in her spare time. Her credits include award-winning commercial voice-overs, modeling, regional theatre, and narration work. She lives in Ada, Michigan, with her family.

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