The First Part Last

The First Part Last

By Angela Johnson

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780689849220, 144pp.

Publication Date: June 1, 2003

Description

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.



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 "and Lottie Paris and the Best Place", both illustrated by Scott M. Fischer. In recognition of her outstanding talent, Angela was named a 2003 MacArthur Fellow. She lives in Kent, Ohio.