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By (author): Lesley Choyce
9781554692774 Paperback, Trade English Young Adult : Age (years) from 12, Grade (CAN) from 8 - 12, Grade (US) from 8 - 12, Reading age from 12 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Pregnancy North America Mar 01, 2010
$9.95 CAD
Active 4.25 x 7 x 0.3 in | 120 gr 128 pages FSC certified – mixed sources C016245 Orca Book Publishers
CCBC Best Books starred selection 2011, Commended
Who's ready to be a father at seventeen?

Zach and Ashley have been going out for a while, and things are going well--until Ashley finds out she is pregnant. She is angry and blames Zach. She wouldn't be in this state if he hadn't been so careless. Insistent at first on an abortion, she turns against Zach. Confused, Zach struggles with what he should do and what his responsibilities are. Coming to terms with the reactions of their families and friends, Zach realizes that this is a decision that he and Ashley must make together.

Also available in Spanish.

Lesley Choyce, who has been teaching English and creative writing for over thirty years, is the author of more than ninety books of literary fiction, short stories, poetry, creative nonfiction and young adult novels. He has won the Dartmouth Book Award, the Atlantic Poetry Prize and the Ann Connor Brimer Award. He has also been short-listed for the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humor, the White Pine Award, the Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award, the Aurora Award from the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association and, most recently, the Governor General’s Literary Award. He lives in Lawrencetown Beach, Nova Scotia.

"A gritty, realistic story that chronicles the fear, confusion, and solitude that comes with teen parenthood. Told from the unique perspective of a teenage father, Reaction would make an excellent addition to libraries that already have stories about teenage pregnancy told from the mother's perspective…The high interest/low reading level of this book makes it highly accessible to teen readers and reading it would be a solid start for a discussion about teenage pregnancy. Recommended." - CM Magazine

"A very frank and readable account of teenage pregnancy…The reactions of the teens and their families are realistically portrayed…[and] high school students will enjoy this book for its honesty and readability." - TriState YA Book Review

"Zach's shifting emotions—confusion, doubt, guilt, fear, resolve—are realistic." - The Horn Book Guide

"A great story to read [that] keeps you wondering what is going to happen next." - Tucson Unified School District

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