The first part last

by Johnson, Angela, 1961-

Format: Large Print 2004
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CLP - Library of Accessible Media for Pennsylvanians Teen Large Print Books FICTION Johnson CL09727
Location  CLP - Library of Accessible Media for Pennsylvanians
Collection  Teen Large Print Books
Call Number  FICTION Johnson CL09727
Sixteen-year-old Bobby and his girlfriend, Na, had planned to put their baby, Feather, up for adoption, but Feather becomes impossible to relinquish.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Gr. 6-12. Bobby, the teenage artist and single-parent dad inohnson's Coretta Scotting Award winner, Heaven (1998), tells his story here. At 16, he's scared to be raising his baby, Feather, but he's totally devoted to caring for her, even as she keeps him up all night, and he knows that his college plans are on hold. In short chapters alternating between now and then, he talks about the baby that now fills his life, and he remembers the pregnancy of his beloved girlfriend, Nia. Yes, the teens' parents were right. The couple should have used birth control; adoption could have meant freedom. But when Nia suffers irreversible postpartum brain damage, Bobby takes their newborn baby home. There's no romanticizing. The exhaustion is real, and Bobby gets in trouble with the police and nearly messes up everything. But from the first page, readers feel the physical reality of Bobby's new world: what it's like to hold Feather on his stomach, smell her skin, touch her clenched fists, feel her shiver, and kiss the top of her curly head.ohnson makes poetry with the simplest words in short, spare sentences that teens will read again and again. The great cover photo shows the strong African American teen holding his tiny baby in his arms. --Hazel Rochman Copyright 2003 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "A 16-year-old tells the story of how he became a single dad.In a starred review of this companion to Heaven, PW said, "The author skillfully relates the hope in the midst of pain." Ages 12-up. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Series Thorndike Press large print literacy bridge.
Subjects Teenage fathers -- New York (State) -- New York -- Juvenile fiction.
Teenage parents -- New York (State) -- New York -- Juvenile fiction.
Father and child -- New York (State) -- New York -- Juvenile fiction.
Infants -- New York (State) -- New York -- Juvenile fiction.
African Americans -- New York (State) -- New York -- Juvenile fiction.
Large type books.
Publisher Waterville, Me. :Thorndike Press,2004
Edition Large print ed.
Audience Ages: 12 up.
Grades: 7 up.
Language English
Notes Prequel to: Heaven.
Awards Coretta Scott King Award, author, 2004
Description 147 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
ISBN 9780786265107
0786265108 (LP)
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