Sequel to Coretta Scott King Award winner The Battle of Jericho, November Blues is a Coretta Scott King Honor Book. November Nelson lost her boyfriend Josh when a high school hazing incident went horribly wrong. She thinks life can't get worse-then she learns she is carrying Josh's child. She seeks comfort from Josh's cousin and best friend Jericho, who himself is trying to hide the pain of his friend's death by diving into his sports and music. Listeners will get to hear November's story as well as Jericho's as they come to terms with Josh's death.
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by Sharon M. Draper
"At the end of THE BATTLE OF JERICHO, when her boyfriend, Josh, died in a pledge stunt gone wrong, November Nelson thought her life had hit bottom. But it's two months later, and she has just realized she's carrying Josh's child. Sharon Draper has a talent for getting into the heads of urban teens and telling their stories with compassion. She presents the teen pregnancy in this sequel realistically, weighing the questions, fears, and choices a young pregnant girl must deal with. JD Jackson does an adequate job of telling the story, although some of his phrasing seems unnatural. However, since this is November's story, a female narrator would have given the story more credibility. N.E.M. (c) AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine"
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