From Adi Alsaid, the acclaimed author of Let’s Get Lost, Never Sometimes Always, and North of Happy
Every year, lock-in night changes lives. This year, it might just change the world.
Central International School’s annual lock-in is legendary — and for six students, this year’s lock-in is the answer to their dreams. The chance to finally win the contest. Kiss the guy. Make a friend. Become the star of a story that will be passed down from student to student for years to come.
But then a group of students, led by Marisa Cuevas, stage an eco-protest and chain themselves to the doors, vowing to keep everyone trapped inside until their list of demands is met. While some students rally to the cause, others are devastated as they watch their plans fall apart. And Marisa, once so certain of her goals, must now decide just how far she’ll go to attain them.
“Engrossing.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
In a timely novel featuring a large cast from around the globe, Alsaid (Brief Chronicle of Another Stupid Heartbreak) underlines ecological issues while showing the positive impact of creative problem solving and collaboration. Lock-in night is a much-anticipated event held annually at Central International School, located in an unnamed country it's a night when "people fell in love... stumbled upon new passions... discovered friendships." But this year's event may be the most life-changing of all after student activist Marisa and her cronies, demanding a list of 30 changes at the school and globally, chain themselves to the doors, preventing anyone from entering or exiting the building. Lock-in plans are suspended, ruining Peejay's plan to throw an epic party, Kenji's improv team showcase, and Amira's chance to win the decathlon. Ironically, these students become Marisa's protectors as other angry students attempt to thwart her mission and the lock-in stretches on. Through multiple points of view, Alsaid movingly examines characters' home lives, their dreams and crushes, and their changing attitudes, leaving readers to decide whether the protest is a success. Ages 13 up.