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The First Part Last

The First Part Last

by Angela Johnson

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 obstetrician 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 a single teenage parenthood from the point of view of a young on the threshold of becoming a man.

A Coretta Scott King Author Award Winner
A Michael L. Printz Award Winner

Ages
14, 12, 15, 13, 16, 17, 18
Interest Level
Grades 7 - 12
Grade Level Equivalent
4.5
Lexile Measure
790L
Guided Reading
Z+
Publisher
Simon Pulse
Book Type
Chapter Book
Number of Pages
144
Genre
Realistic Fiction, Young Adult

About the Author

Angela Johnson Children's author Angela Johnson's works include When I Am Old With You and Toning the Sweep .

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