All right - the first half of the book sets out how these five young guys have ended up in a juvenile detention facility. They've all been convicted of a crime, and it looks as though they should be serving time. There's some violence going on, but stay with it, because the second half of the book reveals what's really going on with these young guys and how each has ended up where he is. Awesome! A great read for 11 and up. You judge for yourself if you have a younger reader. Sequel is: True Talents
From David Lubar himself: Every time Martin opens his mouth, he gets in trouble. He's just been dumped at the last place that will take him; a school filled with freaks, misfits, and psychotic bullies. His roommate starts fires, his new friends are thieves and cheaters, and his teachers hate him. Then things start to get really weird.