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November blues

by Draper, Sharon M.

Format: Print Book 2009
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Location Collection Call #
CLP - Allegheny Regional Teen Fiction TEEN PAPERBACK Draper
Location  CLP - Allegheny Regional
Collection  Teen Fiction
Call Number  TEEN PAPERBACK Draper
In this second novel in Sharon M. Draper's Jericho Trilogy and Coretta Scott King Honor Book, Jericho and November are locked together in pain from the past and fear for the future, and it feels as though there's no way to escape either.

When November Nelson loses her boyfriend, Josh, to a pledge stunt gone horribly wrong, she thinks her life can't possibly get any worse. But Josh left something behind that will change November's life forever. She's pregnant and now she's faced with the biggest decision of her life. How in the world will she tell her mom? And how will Josh's parents take the news? She's never needed a friend more.

Jericho Prescott lost his best friend when he lost his cousin, Josh, and the pain is almost more than he can bear. His world becomes divided into "before" and "after" Josh's death. He finds the only way he can escape the emptiness he feels is to quit doing the things that made him happy when his cousin was alive, such as playing his beloved trumpet. At the same time, he begins playing football, where he hopes the physical pain will suppress the emotional agony. But will hiding behind shoulder pads really help? And will his gridiron obsession prevent him from being there for his cousin's girlfriend when she needs him most?
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "November is the smartest senior in her high school, but after a fumbling night with her boyfriend, Josh, who subsequently died in a freak fraternity accident, she discovers she is pregnant. How can she tell her mother, who shares November's dream of a college scholarship? With her grief and disappointment, November must face grim reality, and she gets some support from girlfriends. She also gets help from classmate Jericho, who blames himself for Josh's death, and part of the story is told from Jericho's viewpoint as he battles his guilt and turmoil. But the real drama is the physical experience of teen pregnancy, and then the real pain of November's premature labor and childbirth. Will the baby live? And what then? Along with the serious issues teens will appreciate the fast, funny contemporary dialogue, laced with kindness and insults (no invective, though), and also the view of the girl who is Mom's perfect princess but screws up big time. Though written as a sequel to The Battle of Jericho (2003), this gripping novel stands alone.--Rochman, Hazel Copyright 2007 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Pregnancy -- Fiction.
High schools -- Fiction.
Schools -- Fiction.
African Americans -- Fiction.
Young adult fiction.
Publisher New York :2009
Edition First Simon Pulse paperback edition.
Language English
Notes "Companion to the Coretta Scott King Honor Book, The Battle of Jericho"--Cover.
Awards Coretta Scott King Honor, author, 2008.
Description 383 pages ; 18 cm
ISBN 9781416906995
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