November Blues

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When November Nelson loses her boyfriend, Josh, to a pledge stunt gone horribly wrong, she thinks her life can't possibly get any worse. But Josh left something behind that will change November's life forever, and now she's faced with the biggest decision she could ever imagine. How in the world will she tell her mom? And how will Josh's parents take the news? She's never needed a friend more.

Jericho Prescott lost his best friend when he lost his cousin, Josh, and the pain is ...

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When November Nelson loses her boyfriend, Josh, to a pledge stunt gone horribly wrong, she thinks her life can't possibly get any worse. But Josh left something behind that will change November's life forever, and now she's faced with the biggest decision she could ever imagine. How in the world will she tell her mom? And how will Josh's parents take the news? She's never needed a friend more.

Jericho Prescott lost his best friend when he lost his cousin, Josh, and the pain is almost more than he can bear. His world becomes divided into "before" and "after" Josh's death. He finds the only way he can escape the emptiness he feels is to quit doing the things that made him happy when his cousin was alive, such as playing his beloved trumpet, and take up football, where he hopes the physical pain will suppress the emotional. But will hiding behind shoulder pads really help? And will his gridiron obsession prevent him from being there for his cousin's girlfriend when she needs him most?

This sequel to The Battle of Jericho is a no-holds-barred look at what happens when life doesn't go as planned, by the acclaimed author of the 2007 Coretta Scott King Award winner Copper Sun.

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Editorial Reviews

Anjeanette C. Alexander-Smith
November Blues is the sequel to Draper's The Battle of Jericho. Josh's death has affected so many of his friends and family. Jericho, his cousin, has given up his first love— playing trumpet. November, his girlfriend, grapples with his disappearance and the new addition he has left behind—his unborn daughter. Jericho tries to deal with his grief by trying out for the football team. November tries to hide her pregnancy for as long as she can. Josh's parents segregate themselves from everyone until they find out about the pregnancy. They see the baby as a way to have a piece of Josh in their lives and hire a lawyer to create documents to allow them to adopt November's baby. November is at a crossroads. Is giving the baby up the right thing to do? This book is recommended for middle and high school students. There are no instances of profanity or sexual scenes. Draper has written another fine book that addresses the choices adolescents must make and their consequences. Reviewer: Anjeanette C. Alexander-Smith
Children's Literature
November Nelson lost her boyfriend Josh a few months ago. His sudden death during a pledge stunt was a shock to everyone. His family members are dealing with their grief in their own way. His mother is wasting away while his father is frantic with energy. His cousin Jericho has lost interest in his music and is struggling with day-to-day life without Josh. But just as life is more or less moving on, November discovers she is pregnant. Josh is the father. This unexpected pregnancy changes everything in the teenager’s life. She must now find the courage to take responsibility and face her uncertain future with all her strength. This compulsively readable book deals with the all-too-true reality of teenage pregnancy and accords it a dignity that is not found in many books. The rich tapestry of characters brings the story to life with the palpable strength of human emotion. It shows the consequences of our actions, but it also points out to the ease with which mistakes are made. The unexpected ending is an all-too-real possibility. Reviewer: Monserrat Urena
VOYA - Marla K. Unruh
Eleventh grader November Nelson feels queasy and ill much of the time. Alone in the house, she pulls the test kit out of her backpack, knowing before she sees the results that she is pregnant. Still grieving for her boyfriend-Josh died in a hazing mishap in The Battle of Jericho (Atheneum/S & S, 2003/VOYA August 2003)-November must now grapple with a radically altered future. Not the least of her woes is the realization that she has destroyed her mother's dream of sending her to college. Her friends try to support her, and Jericho Prescott, Josh's cousin, vows to stand by her. More troubles come her way when her doctor expresses growing concern about her high blood pressure, and when Josh's parents try to force her to give them the baby. Little Sunshine is born too early, and November must face the possibility that her daughter might have developmental problems. Despite these obstacles, her love for her child provides a hopeful ending. Teen pregnancy takes center stage in this novel and even slows down the story a bit as the author illuminates the consequences of a few minutes of abandon. Her teen characters are thoughtfully drawn, some coping with adversity and others seeing only themselves. They act like teens, though, one minute laughing as they playfully toss junk food into their grocery cart and the next minute soberly contemplating the price of baby formula. Their world is the urban high school, but their struggles will resonate with teens everywhere.
School Library Journal

Gr 8 Up In The Battle of Jericho (S & S, 2003), Josh died as a result of a hazing ritual. Now, his girlfriend and his cousin Jericho are dealing with his sudden death. For November, it also means facing the consequences of having had sex with Josh the night before he died and learning that she is pregnant. Draper gives an accurate and sympathetic portrayal of urban teens at a crossroad. There are no false notes in these strong male and female characters. Readers will care about them and appreciate the straightforward way that the author presents the issues they face, from the everyday struggles of cafeteria confrontations to the dire situation of teenage pregnancy. Draper clearly shows, through November, the pros and cons of having a baby while still in school; the loss of freedom and a changing future; and, finally, acceptance and a deep love for a child. Another strong element of the story is the supportive adults who surround the teens. While still in the background, the parents and teachers can be counted on when they are needed. There are no easy answers and there's no pat ending; what comes through is that life plans can change in an instant and it is how we react to these changes that makes us who we are and who we become. Urban teens often ask, "Where are the books about us, Miss?" and with this novel Draper has once again given them something meaty and meaningful to read.-Anne Rouyer, New York Public Library

Kirkus Reviews
Sixteen-year-old Josh Prescott dies jumping from a second-story window in a high-school hazing ritual and leaves behind a mess. His girlfriend, November Nelson, is pregnant, his cousin Jericho has lost his best friend and his parents hire a lawyer to try to convince November that they ought to raise their grandchild. November is her mother's "perfect princess," the one who's going to make it, and it's this mother-daughter relationship that is the heart of the novel. With its effective depiction of the difficulties of having a baby-the health issues, the damaged relationship with her mother, the tricky dynamics of school life-this is clearly a cautionary tale about teen pregnancy. Though the dialogue sounds stilted at times, the story is well-plotted, realistic and matter-of-fact, and November and Jericho are well-drawn, likable characters. Though a companion to The Battle of Jericho (2003), this stands well on its own. (Fiction. YA)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416906995
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Publication date: 5/19/2009
  • Series: Jericho Trilogy Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 78,123
  • Age range: 12 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author


Sharon M. Draper
received the Coretta Scott King Award for Copper Sun, a Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Author Award for New Talent for Tears of a Tiger, and a Coretta Scott King Honor for The Battle of Jericho. A former high school English teacher who was named National Teacher of the Year, she lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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CHAPTER 1

NOVEMBER NELSON

TUESDAY, MARCH 30

November Nelson lurched to the bathroom, feeling faint and not quite in control of her suddenly unsteady legs. She touched her forehead and found it warm and glazed with sweat. Sinking down on the soft blue rug in front of the toilet, she was grateful for the momentary stability of the floor. But her head continued to spin, and her stomach churned. She lifted the toilet lid, gazed into the water, and wished she could disappear into its depths. Her breath became more shallow, and her nausea more intense. Finally, uncontrollably, and forcefully, all her distress erupted and she lost her lunch in heaves and waves of vomiting. Pepperoni pizza.

She flushed the toilet several times as she sat on the floor waiting to feel normal again. Finally she stood up shakily, gargled with peppermint mouthwash, and peered at herself in the mirror.

"You look like a hot mess," she whispered to her reflection. Her skin, instead of its usual coppery brown, looked gray and mottled. She hadn't combed her hair all day, so it was a halo of tangles.

November knew her mother would be home soon and would be angry to find out she'd skipped school. She didn't care. Her thoughts were focused on the package in her backpack. Even though she knew the house was empty, she made sure the bathroom door was locked. She dug the little purple and pink box out of her book bag and placed it on the sink. It seemed out of place in her mother's perfectly coordinated powder blue bathroom.

With trembling hands she unwrapped the plastic and opened the box. She read the directions carefully. She looked out of the small bathroom window and watched the last of the early spring snow melting on the grass. Everything looked the same, but she knew in her heart that it was all different now.

November finally turned back to the little white tube in the box and followed the instructions, which were written, she noticed, in Spanish and French as well. Three minutes later the indicator silently screamed the news that she already suspected. She was pregnant.

Copyright © 2007 by Sharon M. Draper

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  • Posted December 14, 2008

    I Also Recommend:

    November Blues

    November Blues by Sharon Draper was a very good book that was relatable in so many ways. Many teens and young adults can relate to this book because it includes love, grief, stereotypes, and friendship. The situations in the book happen every day in real life so it made the book easier to read.<BR/> The main focus of the book is on a teenage girl named November. She had been going out with a boy named Josh for two years. Josh died in a club initiation gone wrong, which completely crushed November. A few weeks after his death, November found out she was pregnant with his baby. The story also discusses her friends, Jericho and Olivia. Jericho was Josh's cousin and after learning of his death, quit his passion. the trumpet. Olivia was a smart girl that was rarely noticed but was very caring. <BR/> They undergo peer pressure and stereotypes, along with pressure from parents, bullying, and inner conflicts. All of these things make the book easier and more fun to read. This book was a great read and made me realize a lot of things. I would recommend this book to everyone.

    13 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2008

    A good book

    This is a good story that's sad and happy and shows the hardships both of the main charectors go through. It took me awhile to get used to the dialog... so if you're one of those people who hates to read dialog that's written in slang, I wouldn't read this. It was exciting, when I finally reached the climax, I couldn't put it down!!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    BEST BOOK EVERRRRRR.

    this boook is so captivating. it makes you want to just keep reading. i would recommend this book to any teen girls. trust me, its one of the best books ive read.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 2, 2009

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    It is UNFORGETTABLE

    I just got this book today at the easton barnes and noble and i'm already on chapter 11.i recomend this book to any age because your never too young to learn about sex.i'm 11 years old and i know the basics.now and days kids my age are having sex.so parents,don't be afraid to tell your kid anything sex realted because this book teaches you a life lesson.i could never put the book dawn.Sharon draper is comming to my school and i want her to sign my copy of november blues and darkness before dawn...

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2013

    This book was so good i could NOT put this book down... i read d

    This book was so good i could NOT put this book down... i read day and night until it was done. this book was so good as i read i visual made a movie in my head as i read. I just ordered Just another hero and Sharon M. Draper is my favorite author. 

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 7, 2013

    Fabulously written story.  It will keep you on the edge of your

    Fabulously written story.  It will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 10, 2009

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    I Love it!!!

    this book was really good but you have to read the first one to understand it all. I really liked it and cant wait to get the third book that just came out. It is called just another hero but Read This One FIRST!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2009

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    this book was great

    i would recommend this book to any and everyone

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2013

    16 and Pregant

    I felt sort ofbad for November. This was a good book. Sharon Draper really knows how we teens talk amungst each other. Anyway, must read The Battle Of Jericho before you read this though.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2013

    I love sharon m. Draper

    Her books keep me running i read all of her series incredible in love at first book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2013

    November Blue is a typically love story that turns into a tragic

    November Blue is a typically love story that turns into a tragic story. November Nelson is in a situation that any teen wouldn’t want to be in. Her boyfriend just died in a fraternity accident, He jumped out the fourth story of a building. Now she is missing school at home in her bathroom crying and feeling like she is about to throw up. She thinks she knows what is happening to her but she checks just in case. She pulls a pregnancy test out her book bag by the window. November wait 3 minutes and she looks in doubt, as she completely looks at it the test says positive. 
    Dana November’s best friend brought her homework for that day and she was the first that she told the news to. Dana was very blunt person and said anything that is on her mind. When she heard the news she was shocked. She ever knew that November would do anything like that. Dana was worried for her because she knew that the baby wouldn’t know her father. Dana promised November that she would be there for her all the way through the pregnancy, if she was going to keep the baby. 
    Then book switches over to Jericho’s character. This part of the book could be confusing to some people it just jumps into a new character. Jericho Prescott is Josh Prescott cousin, November’s boyfriend. It starts off with Jericho walking in school and feeling depressed because there are posters everywhere. His band instructor walks up to him and asks him how he is doing. The teacher to come back to band, Jericho says he can’t the trumpet reminds too much of Josh. He is interested in football but he is having a hard trying to get it together. 
    I would a recommend this book to a group of teens that are interested in teen drama because it covers all aspects of teen drama. I wouldn’t recommend it to a group of teen that like adventurous thing or funny books. This wouldn’t be right for them; November Blue is the complete opposite. I am a teen that is into teen drama, I feel that this was perfect for me because I read this book in a very little amount of time. I couldn’t put the book down after I read every chapter because I was so interested on what was going to happen next. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2013

    Great book! :)

    It was amazing!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 14, 2013

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    AMAZING NOVEL! This is an amazing novel based on a teenage girl

    AMAZING NOVEL!

    This is an amazing novel based on a teenage girl named November whose life changes forever. She loses her boyfriend josh to a horrible accident and now will be starting a new chapter in her life, motherhood.
    My favorite character in this novel is November Nelson. I favor this character because a lot of girls can relate to her dealing with either teen pregnancy or being the “popular girl “in school having to be perfect.
    This novel catches your attention from the start! After reading the first paragraph the author will have you hooked in the book.
    I believe the message the author tried to give to the reader would be that even though you may be going through a hard situation in life keep your head up high and smile, things will get better sooner or later.
    Overall I think this is an amazing novel and i really recommend this book to young adults.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 1, 2012

    Test.......shuvo

    Test.......shuvo

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 6, 2011

    Highly Recommended- a must read book!!

    November Blues is a truly inspirational book about a girl who goes through childhood/parenthood at the same time. I love all of her books but I must say this is by far my favorite. It's a book that most teenage girls my age can relate to, becoming a mother and being a child at the same time. This book is very realistic and moving. It gets young people to see how difficult it is being a single parent. This book shows how a young girl deals with a deceased loved one, legal problems, school, friends, and a baby. This book definitely opens young peoples eyes to the real world. People can definitely learn from this book. It tugs at your heartstrings and also makes you laugh. The situations in this book happens everyday which makes it so much easier to read. This book also deals with stereotypes and peer pressure, along with pressure from parents, bullying, and inner conflicts. I recommend this book to people of all ages. November Blues is a must read book and I enjoyed it, and I'm sure you will too!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 30, 2010

    The Book Is EXCELENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This book is so freaking GUUD i love the character November and how so many of girls could relate to this book i mean i cant personaly ralete to this book my self but i can put my self in this situation and i would of handled the situation just like November...........By the way IS THERE A FUTURE MOVIE TO THIS COMING OUT MRS.DRAPER?????

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 22, 2008

    I Also Recommend:

    You must read this book, it's unforgettable.

    Basically this book is about a 16 old girl, November getting pregnant by Josh Prescott. This changed November's life for ever because she loose Josh he dieds in a tragic event and now she have to take care of the child on her own. Things happens to her during her labor, but there is people there to help her. This book is also about Jericho Josh's cousin. They were like brothers, since Josh dieds Jericho lifes turns to a before and after picture. And is basically dealing with there depressing and they change. I really recommend this book to you to read it, it will change your mind about things, once you though they were good.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2007

    Great Book

    This Book is great its exiting and you wouln't be able to put it down. Though sad you'll love and remember it forever!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2013

    November Blues is a fiction book by Sharon Draper. This book is

    November Blues is a fiction book by Sharon Draper. This book is mainly about November and how she got pregnant by Josh. She has to live without him because he has died. Jericho steps up to the plate and tries to be there for November. During her pregnancy November became close to Olivia, Dana, and Kholi. She was mainly in her home and nowhere else besides school and the hospital for checkups. November Blues is part of the series of The Battle of Jericho. I liked how Sharon made many points about love, hate, betray, and bulling. The author used onomatopoeia, hyperbole, simile, and metaphors throughout the book. I think the specialist thing about the book is how the author had November had to go through this without Josh but she made it through.
    In conclusion the book is basically a teenager book. It’s for any kind of teenager, even if you’re a preteen or a complete teenager. You won’t be able to put the book down. You can learn so much from this book, from November getting pregnant to her losing josh and Josh’s parents trying to get the baby from her by taking her to court. Then Josh’s parents changing their mind because the baby could have problems while growing up. I would recommend this book to everyone!


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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2013

    Loved it

    Although it was a little boring at first this book was great. The things that were happening made the book stick out. If i were to reccomend this book i would for various reasons!

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