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Contributor(s): Hart, Karen

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ISBN: 1890862444     ISBN-13: 9781890862442
Publisher: Bancroft Pr
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: May 2006
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Annotation: When seventeen-year-old Ali Parker, on the verge of college, finds herself with an unwanted pregnancy, she faces some difficult decisions about her life, her future, and that of her unborn child. A coming-of-age story that enlightens without offending.
Additional Information
Dewey: FIC
Lexile Measure: 730
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 10-12, Age 15-18
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.75" H x 6.00" W x 0.50" (0.60 lbs) 202 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 106894
Reading Level: 4.5   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 9.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2006 October)

Gr 8 Up A rather ordinary tale of teen pregnancy. Ali Parker is a bright, middle-class, suburban girl headed for college. She and her boyfriend are usually careful about birth control, but she ends up pregnant after one lapse. She schedules an abortion but can't go through with it. When she tells her parents, they are disappointed but supportive, as are her friends and teachers. Ali weathers the ups and downs of pregnancy, befriends another expecting teen, and deals with her sometimes loving, sometimes distant boyfriend as she tries to plan for an uncertain future. She meets a perfect couple who want to adopt her child but wonders if she can bring herself to part with the baby. Ali could be almost any young woman struggling with this issue, which gives the story a bland feel, as does the adequate but rarely sparkling prose. Angela Johnson's The First Part Last (2003), Rachel Cohn's Gingerbread (2002, both S & S), and Sarah Dessen's Someone Like You (Viking, 1998) are more notable novels about the subject. Nevertheless, Hart's solid first-person account of a teenager's life-altering experience will draw in readers, who will most likely stick around to find out whether Ali makes the predictable choice.Miranda Doyle, San Francisco Public Library

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