The Upstate Boys


John Shepherd (Shep) is a kid of the streets. An orphan bounced around from one foster family to another until he winds up in a juvenile detention center in upstate New York. While incarcerated, Shep and his fellow inmates are subjected to regular beatings and forced hard labor by the corrupt warden who runs the facility along with his squadron of armed guards.

But Shep is no ordinary minor and has no intention of spending the rest of his youth behind bars. Shep and a handful of other inmates hatch a bold plan which culminates in a spectacular turn of events changing the lives of the young prisoners and their captors forever. The Upstate Boys is a tale of adventure, redemption and the unbreakable will of the human spirit.

A must read for young and old alike, for anyone who ever dreamed of freedom and especially for those who made it happen.

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About Ofer Aronskind

Ofer Aronskind was born in Tel Aviv, Israel and came to the United States at the age of six. He grew up in Little Neck, Queens, on the outskirts of New York City. He attended SUNY Albany then took a year off after college where he spent the year in Los Angeles writing screenplays.

The following year he came back to NY to attend St. John's University School of Law and graduated in 1989.

He went to work at the law firm of Weil Gotshal & Manges as a real estate attorney and worked there until 1997. He now lives in Short Hills, New Jersey with his three sons and is a real estate investor.


  • Life has never been easy for John “Shep” Shepherd. As an orphan he learned the hard way of what consisted of living a life on the street. He ends up on the wrong side of the tracks and finds himself detained in a juvenile detention center in upstate New York.   There life becomes a means of survival. He is forced to work hard labor and suffering beating on a regular basis. Fed up with the unhuman treatment he is receiving he and a group of inmates plot to escape.

    Will Shep manage to lead his motley crew out of the pits of hell? Or will his plan be foiled? Will their lives be in danger? Will they live to find the freedom they seek?

    THE UPSTATE BOYS provides a high action drama that is assured to be one of your best reads of this year. Each characters have their own agenda and purpose. The emotional impact that is felt when you read this book is overwhelming.

    Ofer Aronskind is an outstanding author. He has written a book that is assured to keep anyone glued to their seat. I was highly impressed with his writing style. I can see how his talent comes alive in each passage. This is the first book I have read from him, but I don’t want it to be my last. He is an author I highly recommend.

    Midwest Book Reviewer
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