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ISBN13: 9780689849237
ISBN10: 0689849230
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Awards

Winner of the 2004 Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Literature for Young Adults

Winner of the 2004 Coretta Scott King Award for Best African-American Children's Writer

Synopses & Reviews

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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.

Review:

"In this companion novel, Johnson's fans learn just how Bobby, the single father for whom Marley baby-sits in Heaven, landed in that small town in Ohio. Beginning his story when his daughter, Feather, is just 11 days old, 16-year-old Bobby tells his story in chapters that alternate between the present and the bittersweet past that has brought him to the point of single parenthood. 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. Bobby tells his parents about the baby ('Not moving and still quiet, my pops just starts to cry') and contrasts his father's reaction with that of Nia's father ('He looks straight ahead like he's watching a movie outside the loft windows'). The way he describes Nia and stands by her throughout the pregnancy conveys to readers what a loving and trustworthy father he promises to be. The only misstep is a chapter from Nia's point of view, which takes readers out of Bobby's capable hands. But as the past and present threads join in the final chapter, readers will only clamor for more about this memorable father-daughter duo — and an author who so skillfully relates the hope in the midst of pain. Ages 12-up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"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

Review:

"Johnson makes poetry with the simplest words in short, spare sentences that teens will read again and again." Booklist

Review:

"Johnson has carved a niche writing realistically about young people's issues." U.S. News and World Report

Review:

"Readers will only clamor for more." Publishers Weekly, starred review

Synopsis:

Bobby's a classic urban teenager. He's restless. He's impulsive. But the thing that makes him different is this: He's going to be a father. His girlfriend, Nia, is pregnant, and their lives are about to change forever. Instead of spending time with friends, they'll be spending time with doctors, and next, diapers. They have options: keeping the baby, adoption. They want to do the right thing.

If only it was clear what the right thing was.

About the Author

Angela Johnson has won three Coretta Scott King Awards, one each for her novels The First Part Last, Heaven, and Toning the Sweep. The First Part Last was also the recipient of the Michael L. Printz Award. She has written numerous books for younger readers, including the Coretta Scott King Honor Book When I Am Old with You, illustrated by David Soman; Wind Flyers and I Dream of Trains, both illustrated by Loren Long; A Sweet Smell of Roses, illustrated by Eric Velasquez; and Lottie Paris Lives Here, illustrated by Scott M. Fischer. In recognition of her outstanding talent, Angela was named a 2003 MacArthur Fellow. She lives in Kent, Ohio.

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juliasandoval59, April 9, 2014 (view all comments by juliasandoval59)
Set in 1990’s New York, Angela Johnson’s Story The First Part Last is about a young teenager named Bobby whos is trying to do the right thing no matter what the cost. Nia, Bobby’s pregnant girlfriend will make decisions about whether or not to keep the baby neither teen planned for.
before Nia was pregnant, Bobby was just living the life of a careless teen. He’s an artist at heart that shares the images in his mind with the world through graffiti. In one part of the story he describes how he feels while he’s painting, “I’m always the pale white ghost boy beside the brown girl who is always looking away.”
in another part of the story, Nia and Bobby are in the doctor’s office discussing the different options that might be best for their situation. The entire time they were there, Bobby did not speak because he knew that Nia’s parents would never let Nia keep the baby no matter what he said. At this point in the story you are not sure if Bobby will ever have a voice when it comes to his child. will art be his only way of communication?
As a writer, Angela Johnson tries to demonstrate responsibility for what are “just in the moment” acts. As a teenager, this book really put it into perspective that every decision we make has a consequence and we have to be able to deal with it.
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emmejo, August 25, 2010 (view all comments by emmejo)
Bobby was a classic city boy. He spent his time playing basketball, hanging with his friends, and trying not to get caught graffitiing. All that changes when his girlfriend Nia tells him that she's pregnant. Bobby is determined to do the right thing for his kid and his girl, but how does a 16 year old, who can't even figure out what to do with himself, figure out how to make those kinds of choices?

This short book is a very compelling read. It alternates between what happens after the baby, named Feather, is born and while Nia is pregnant. It doesn't come off preachy or as a morality tale of why teen pregnancy is evil. Bobby's no nonsense, "just the facts" attitude is conveyed well, but so is the fact that he really cares for his daughter and her mother.
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evitacheng, February 9, 2008 (view all comments by evitacheng)
This book is really good. I have 100,000 girlfriends that are 10 years old that have babies and are adapting to their new lifestyle.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780689849237
Author:
Johnson, Angela
Publisher:
Simon Pulse
Subject:
General
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - General
Subject:
Social Situations - Adolescence
Subject:
Family - New Baby
Subject:
Social Situations - Pregnancy
Subject:
Situations / Pregnancy
Subject:
Social Issues - Adolescence
Subject:
Social Issues - General
Subject:
Social Issues - Pregnancy
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-General
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B101
Publication Date:
January 2005
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
7 x 4.19 in 2.695 oz
Age Level:
12-17

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Product details 144 pages Simon Pulse - English 9780689849237 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this companion novel, Johnson's fans learn just how Bobby, the single father for whom Marley baby-sits in Heaven, landed in that small town in Ohio. Beginning his story when his daughter, Feather, is just 11 days old, 16-year-old Bobby tells his story in chapters that alternate between the present and the bittersweet past that has brought him to the point of single parenthood. 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. Bobby tells his parents about the baby ('Not moving and still quiet, my pops just starts to cry') and contrasts his father's reaction with that of Nia's father ('He looks straight ahead like he's watching a movie outside the loft windows'). The way he describes Nia and stands by her throughout the pregnancy conveys to readers what a loving and trustworthy father he promises to be. The only misstep is a chapter from Nia's point of view, which takes readers out of Bobby's capable hands. But as the past and present threads join in the final chapter, readers will only clamor for more about this memorable father-daughter duo — and an author who so skillfully relates the hope in the midst of pain. Ages 12-up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Brief, poetic, and absolutely riveting, this gem of a novel tells the story of a young father struggling to raise an infant."
"Review" by , "Johnson makes poetry with the simplest words in short, spare sentences that teens will read again and again."
"Review" by , "Johnson has carved a niche writing realistically about young people's issues."
"Review" by , "Readers will only clamor for more."
"Synopsis" by , Bobby's a classic urban teenager. He's restless. He's impulsive. But the thing that makes him different is this: He's going to be a father. His girlfriend, Nia, is pregnant, and their lives are about to change forever. Instead of spending time with friends, they'll be spending time with doctors, and next, diapers. They have options: keeping the baby, adoption. They want to do the right thing.

If only it was clear what the right thing was.

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