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Bobby is a typical urban New York City teenager—impulsive, eager, restless. For his sixteenth birthday he cuts school with his two best buddies, grabs a couple of slices at his favorite pizza joint, catches a flick at a nearby multiplex, and gets some news from his girlfriend, Nia, that changes his life forever: He’s going to be a father.

Suddenly things like school and house parties and fun times with friends are replaced by visits to Nia’s pediatrician and countless social workers who all say that the only way for Nia and Bobby to lead a normal life is to put their baby up for adoption. Then tragedy strikes Nia, and Bobby finds himself in the role of single, teenage father. Because his child—their child—is all that remains of his lost love.

With powerful language and keen insight, Johnson tells the story of a young man's struggle to figure out what the “right thing” is and then to do it. The result is a gripping portrayal of single teenage parenthood from the point of view of a youth on the threshold of becoming a man.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Johnson has carved a niche writing realistically about young people’s issues.”

    U.S. News and World Report

  • “Brief, poetic, and absolutely riveting, this gem of a novel tells the story of a young father struggling to raise an infant.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Each nuanced chapter feels like a poem in its economy and imagery; yet the characters—Bobby and the mother of his child, Nia, particularly, but also their parents and friends, and even newborn Feather—emerge fully formed…[Johnson] so skillfully relates the hope in the midst of pain.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • A 2004 Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book
  • Winner of the 2004 Coretta Scott King Award for Author
  • A 2004 ALA Best Book for Young Adults
  • A 2006 Abraham Lincoln Award Nominee

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Andronike | 2/2/2014

    " This book is a really quick read, perfect for someone who has just a little down-time, or doesn't want to take anything exhausting on a vacation. At first glance, it seems like a really straight-forward although unconventional tale of teen-pregnancy. However, if you really take the time to take it apart, it's a great introduction to those who are shaky on their personal beliefs regarding a family's role in teen-preganancy issues. It is also a great book for individuals who are toying with the idea of feminism, but are not sure if it is for them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Nandi Harrington | 1/30/2014

    " I loved the book alot!! :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Sarah | 1/24/2014

    " Kind of romanticized teenage pregnancy. It seemed too easy. But not bad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jonelle | 1/21/2014

    " A book both my boys and my girls will read (and finish and enjoy) "

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About the Author
Author Angela Johnson

Angela Johnson is the author of several picture books and highly acclaimed novels for young readers, including Maniac Monkeys on Magnolia StreetHeaven, and Toning the Sweep. She is a three-time recipient of the Coretta Scott King Award.