JUST ANOTHER HERO by Sharon M. Draper

JUST ANOTHER HERO

Age Range: 12 & up

KIRKUS REVIEW

Draper presents the conclusion to the trilogy that began with The Battle of Jericho (2003) and November Blues (2007), both Coretta Scott King Honor books. It is senior year, and Arielle and Kofi take center stage. Arielle is coping with issues at home and school. Her mother’s new husband imposes rigid controls, and in addition, she has not always been a good friend to the girls in their circle so she worries about being accepted. Kofi, a brilliant science student, battles a secret addiction to prescription drugs as he frets about paying for college. A rash of burglaries at school casts suspicion on various individuals. But a crisis from an unlikely source explodes on the scene, and the school community works together to try to stop impending tragedy. The well-rounded characters are resilient African-American teens going through normal growing pains while navigating the realities of their communities. The texture and rhythm of contemporary life are woven throughout the narrative, enhancing its readability. Readers of urban fiction will enjoy this and receive a bit more in the bargain. (Fiction. 12 & up)

Pub Date: June 23rd, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-4169-0700-8
Page count: 288pp
Publisher: Atheneum
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15th, 2009




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