I am a fan of Sharon Draper. I love that her books are urban, but have subtle and not so subtle morals. When I’ve used some of her other novels in class the students really identify with the characters. She does it again with this book. The characters are all easy to identify with. This book looks at the initiation rites of an elite group of boys. Think a non-school sanctioned high school fraternity. The novel deals with issues surrounding fitting in and bullying. I think that both boys and girls could identify with this book. It could be used in a classroom, but I think I’d use Tears of a Tiger or Forged by Fire (both by Draper) before I used this one. All in all it was a good read, and took me about 2 hours to finish it.
One of the things I love about Draper is that, as an English teacher herself she always has resources on her website for teachers to use in class with her books. Here’s the link for her discussion questions and other resources for The Battle of Jericho.
Arizona Young Reader Book Award Nominee
Charlotte Award Suggested Reading List (NY)
Coretta Scott King Award Honor Book
IRA Young Adults’ Choices
Rosie Award Nominee (IN)
South Carolina Book Award Nominee
YARP Award Master List (SD)
Young Hoosier Book Award Master List (IN)
Filed under: Black, Bullying, Classroom Read, Coretta Scott King Award, First Love/Crushes, Fitting In, Individual Read, Physical Disability, Realistic Fiction, Sharon Draper, Teen Boys, Teen Girls | Tagged: Sharon Draper, YA Literature, Young Adult |