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The First Part Last

by Angela Johnson

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | January 5, 2010 | Trade Paperback

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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 thing.
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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 144 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.4 in

Published: January 5, 2010

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1442403438

ISBN - 13: 9781442403437

Appropriate for ages: 12

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The First Part Last

by Angela Johnson

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 144 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.4 in

Published: January 5, 2010

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1442403438

ISBN - 13: 9781442403437

About the Book

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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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
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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 thing.
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 was born on June 18, 1961 in Tuskegee, Alabama. She attended Kent State University and worked with Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) as a child development worker. She is currently a free-lance writer of children's books. In 1999 she won the Coretta Scott King Author's Award for her novel entitled, Heaven. She won the award a second time with Toning the Sweep. In 2004, her novel The First Part Last earned her a third Coretta Scott King award, as well as the Michael L. Printz Award, given for excellence in young adult literature. In late 2003 she was the recipient of an extraordinary honor. She was named a MacArthur fellow, receiving a $500,000 grant known as the "genius" grant. The prize came from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, a private organization that awards grants to exceptionally talented people in a variety of creative fields.

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