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THE BATTLE OF JERICHO by Sharon M. Draper

THE BATTLE OF JERICHO

By Sharon M. Draper

Age Range: 14 & up

Pub Date: June 1st, 2003
ISBN: 0-689-84232-5
Publisher: Atheneum

The Warriors of Distinction are Douglas High’s elite group, a brotherhood separate from school, a service club with a secret initiation resulting in a slick jacket that is the ultimate status symbol for the guys. When cousins Josh and Jericho and their friend Kofi are asked to participate in the Christmas toy drive, they know they are being considered as members. When Kofi’s girlfriend Dana sneaks into the midnight initiation, demanding her right to join, everyone knows that this will not be an ordinary pledge group. Draper drops plenty of hints that hazing can be dangerous, even deadly and then supplies a dénouement that’s unexpected, but somehow inevitable. As pledge week grimly proceeds, issues arise in Jericho’s mind and his trumpet-playing serves as an outlet for his confusion, but readers will see with crystal clarity that in secrecy, evil breeds. (Fiction. YA)