Dimensions: 144 Pages, 4.33 × 7.48 × 0.39 in
Published: June 1, 2003
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0689849222
ISBN - 13: 9780689849220
About the Book
With powerful language and keen insight, Johnson tells the story of a teen father's struggle to figure out what "the right thing" is and then to do it.
Read from the Book
From Part I now My mom says that I didn''t sleep through the night until I was eight years old. It didn''t make any difference to her ''cause she was up too, listening to the city. She says she used to come into my room, sit cross-legged on the floor by my bed, and play with my Game Boy in the dark. We never talked. I guess I thought she needed to be there. And she must have thought her being there made everything all better for me. Yeah. I get it now. I really get it. We didn''t need to say it. We didn''t have to look at each other or even let the other one know we saw each other in the glow of the Game Boy. So last week when it looked like Feather probably wasn''t ever going to sleep through the night, I lay her on my stomach and breathed her in. My daughter is eleven days old. And that sweet new baby smell...the smell of baby shampoo, formula, and my mom''s perfume. It made me cry like I hadn''t since I was a little kid. It scared the hell out of me. Then, when Feather moved on my stomach like one of those mechanical dolls in the store windows at Christmas, the tears dried up. Like that. I thought about laying her in the middle of my bed and going off to find my old Game Boy, but I didn''t. Things have to change. I''ve been thinking about it. Everything. And when Feather opens her eyes and looks up at me, I already know there''s change. But I figure if the world were really right, humans would live life backward and do the first part last. They''d be all knowing in the beg
From the Publisher
This little thing with the perfect face and hands doing
nothing but counting on me. And me wanting nothing else but to run
crying into my own mom''s room and have her do the whole
It''s not going to happen....
Bobby is your classic urban teenaged boy -- impulsive, eager,
restless. On his sixteenth birthday he gets some news from his
girlfriend, Nia, that changes his life forever. She''s pregnant.
Bobby''s going to be a father. Suddenly things like school and
house parties and hanging with friends no longer seem important as
they''re replaced by visits to Nia''s obstetrician and a social
worker who says that the only way for Nia and Bobby to lead a
normal life is to put their baby up for adoption.
With powerful language and keen insight, Johnson looks at the male
side of teen pregnancy as she delves into one young man''s struggle
to figure out what "the right thing" is and then to do it. No
matter what the cost.
About the Author
Angela Johnson received her first major literary
prize in 1991 when her second book When I Am Old with You
was named a Coretta Scott King Honor book. Since that time, Angela
has won two Coretta Scott King Awards, for the novels
Heaven and Toning the Sweep, and a second Coretta
Scott King Honor for The Other Side: Shorter Poems. Her
most recent novel for Simon & Schuster is Looking for
Red. She lives in Kent, Ohio.
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