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Contributor(s): Draper, Sharon M.

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ISBN: 1481490303     ISBN-13: 9781481490306
Publisher: Atheneum
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Published: July 2017
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Annotation: Jericho, November, Arielle, and their friends must step up big time to prevent a deadly school tragedy in this harrowing conclusion to Sharon M. Draper’s Jericho Trilogy.

Arielle Gresham, disliked and mistrusted by most of the students at her school, has a secret past, an unbelievably complicated present, and a shaky future. But no one knows or cares because she has managed to alienate anyone who could help her. She tries to cope with problems at school, but difficulties at home almost break her spirit. Then, as the school tries to deal with an outbreak of false fire alarms, a series of thefts, and Arielle discovers that one classmate is addicted to prescriptions drugs, and another who is a victim on vicious online bullying. Outward appearances are seldom what they seem to be—everyone is dealing with something, it’s all a matter of how you deal with it, Arielle is figuring out. But one kid can’t, and as he starts to crack, could he take the school tumbling down with him?

A hero is needed. But what makes a hero?

Click for more in this series: Jericho
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
High schools; Fiction.
Schools; Fiction.
African Americans; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2017028960
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Series: Jericho
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.50" H x 5.75" W x 1.00" (0.58 lbs) 280 pages
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q47370
Reading Level: 4.8   Interest Level: Grades 9-12   Point Value: 16.0
 
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Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2009 Fall)
In this trilogy ender (The Battle of Jericho, November Blues), Draper draws together her characters to wrap up several story lines. Issues include everything from prescription drug addiction to bullying to school shootings, and Draper juggles a variety of perspectives with aplomb. The drama can be over the top, but the novel sustains a cinematic quality that works well. Copyright 2009 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2009 June #3)

More trials are in store for the Ohio teens featured in Battle of Jericho and November Blues in this final book in Draper's trilogy. This time the focus is on Arielle—whose mother has recently married a wealthy, controlling man who treats his stepdaughter and wife more like property than family—and Kofi, a promising student whose chance for success is threatened by his prescription drug addiction. While fighting deeply personal battles during their senior year, Arielle and Kofi are drawn into school dramas concerning the inexplicable disappearance of student property as well as recurring fire drills, a prank that eventually leads to a deadly situation. As in her previous novels, Draper shows mastery in building suspense and articulating adolescent emotions and reactions ("Kofi could feel Dana tense up, in the same way some people reacted to a snake—with great fear and the need to put distance between themselves and the reptile"). If the shocking climax, which culminates with a school shooting, appears a little contrived, powerful final events will leave readers pondering the definition of heroism. Ages 12–up. (June)

[Page 51]. Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2009 July)

Gr 8 Up–During their senior year at Douglass High, tightly knit friends confront both personal struggles and unsettling school situations. Arielle, Kofi, and the rest of their group mend fences after and come to grips with a lethal hazing event from the past. But there are more problems to tackle. Arielle accidentally witnesses a repugnant bullying incident that the victim asks her to keep secret and resolutely deals with her rich and controlling stepfather. Kofi worries about his irresponsible parents, securing college funding, his pain-pill addiction, and keeping his romance intact. New mother November returns to her classes, determined to finish school. Crazy Jack hides his mental instability by appearing funny and cool. Meanwhile, someone is stealing money and personal property at school. Alternating third-person chapters zero in on Arielle and Kofi while skillfully weaving their friends, classmates, teachers, and others into the plot. The discovery of the thief near the end is surprising and unsettling, and Jack's breakdown, which involves an assault rifle and holding students hostage, immediately following is jarring. Though it is all a bit much, the quick pace, convincing dialogue, and interesting characters and situations will compel teens, especially those who have read TheBattle of Jericho (2003) and November Blues (2007, both S & S).–Diane P. Tuccillo, Poudre River Public Library District, Fort Collins, CO

[Page 82]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
 
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