When 16-year-old Sahara, the one-time Dixie Queen in her small West Texas town, discovers that she is pregnant, she feels like the "one and only/ lonely resident/ of Planet Pregnancy" and fleetingly considers adoption and abortion, but basically can't bring herself to face facts. In her sixth month, she realizes, "It's kind of late/ in the pregnancy," and decides to have the baby, although she still doesn't tell anyone yet. Her lack of maturity will hit readers hard: she invents a date-rape story to tell her mother, complains about her looks and, even at the end of the book, when she falls in love with her newborn, seems ill prepared for what's ahead. Although High (The Girl on the High-Diving Horse) works in contemporary references, e.g., to the safe haven law allowing new parents to surrender infants safely, she mostly sticks to well-trod territory. The choice of a verse format, while attention-getting, results in some awkward passages. Rhyme schemes, for example, sometimes dictate content, as when her orthodontist notices her weight gain: "Must be that new pizza/ place: Carini./ Better watch out,/ or you won't fit into/ a bikini!" Ages 13-up. (Oct.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Planet Pregnancyby Linda Oatman High
For sixteen-year-old Sahara, "life and death and everything in between" depends on the color of a little stick in this YALSA/ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant YA Readers. She waits three long minutes, praying to Jesus, Mary, and all the saints that the stick will turn blue, meaning she isn't pregnant. Instead, the stick turns pick and Sahara's life is changed
For sixteen-year-old Sahara, "life and death and everything in between" depends on the color of a little stick in this YALSA/ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant YA Readers. She waits three long minutes, praying to Jesus, Mary, and all the saints that the stick will turn blue, meaning she isn't pregnant. Instead, the stick turns pick and Sahara's life is changed in a heartbeat. Now she struggles with three choices: "keep, give away, or lose."
Gr 7 Up
This short book in poetry format follows the pregnancy of 16-year-old Sahara as she goes from feeling depressed and alone to feeling depressed and having no choice but to share her burden with her unsupportive family. Don't think Juno (from the hit 2007 film) or Bobby (from Angela Johnson's The First Part Last [S & S, 2003]); Sahara is an uninspiring teen with a bemoaning attitude, a deep-grained refusal to take on responsibility, a lack of foresight, and a dearth of empathy. Perhaps due to the poetry not being very poetic-rather, prose snippets that occasionally hit a rhythm or poetic truth-none of the characters are particularly well developed and some sections drag on and on after the emotion has already been thoroughly explored. However, this realistic cautionary tale does address many difficult issues without overt judgment: Sahara's sexual activity, the challenge to her pro-life upbringing, the meaning of motherhood, and the teen father's role.-Rhona Campbell, Washington, DC Public Library
- Highlights Press
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- Product dimensions:
- 4.70(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.30(d)
- Age Range:
- 14 - 17 Years
Meet the Author
Linda Oatman High is an author of books for children, teens, and adults. Also a poet, she is the winner of a Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Honor Award. She lives in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
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