NOVEMBER BLUES by Sharon M. Draper


Age Range: 14 & up
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Sixteen-year-old Josh Prescott dies jumping from a second-story window in a high-school hazing ritual and leaves behind a mess. His girlfriend, November Nelson, is pregnant, his cousin Jericho has lost his best friend and his parents hire a lawyer to try to convince November that they ought to raise their grandchild. November is her mother’s “perfect princess,” the one who’s going to make it, and it’s this mother-daughter relationship that is the heart of the novel. With its effective depiction of the difficulties of having a baby—the health issues, the damaged relationship with her mother, the tricky dynamics of school life—this is clearly a cautionary tale about teen pregnancy. Though the dialogue sounds stilted at times, the story is well-plotted, realistic and matter-of-fact, and November and Jericho are well-drawn, likable characters. Though a companion to The Battle of Jericho (2003), this stands well on its own. (Fiction. YA)

Pub Date: Oct. 23rd, 2007
ISBN: 978-1-4169-0698-8
Page count: 320pp
Publisher: Atheneum
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1st, 2007


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