The First Part Last by Angela Johnson audiobook

The First Part Last

By Angela Johnson
Read by Khalipa Oldjohn

Listening Library (Audio) 9780689849220
1.70 Hours Unabridged
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    ISBN: 9781400090679

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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Summary

Summary

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

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“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)

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Author

Author Bio: Angela Johnson

Author Bio: Angela Johnson

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

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 1.70
Audience: Children (8–12)
Language: English