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Synopsis: FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. When his girlfriend decides to give their baby away, 17-year-old Sam is determined to keep him and raise him alone.
Review: Between the midnight feedings and the diaper issue, it's never easy being a new parent. But when you're also a high-school student trying to graduate, the job becomes even more overwhelming. Sam Pettigrew never dreamed he'd spend his senior year pushing a stroller. But when his former girlfriend, Brittany, decided that she couldn't handle being a parent, Sam knew he had to try. Now attending an alternative high school that provides daycare, Sam desperately juggles homework and parenting duties. "The list above my desk said, 'Get Max to sleep by 9:00.' Right under 'Drink out of a cup' and 'nap schedule.' I couldn't even remember what 'nap schedule' meant. " Sam's biggest problem is his lack of support: Brittany has left town to start over, and Sam's widowed father, angry over Sam's decision, refuses to help Sam other than financially. Claire Bailey, another teen parent, only serves to show Sam how alone he is--her family loves to babysit and buy toys for her baby, Emily. Finally, after a disastrous night spent in the emergency room when Max cuts his hand, Sam becomes defeated. How much longer can he keep up this crazy schedule of school and fatherhood? Yet, how can he bear not to keep it up, when giving it up means giving up Max?
With this kind of subject matter, it would be easy for seasoned author Margaret Bechard to slip into didactic "after-school special" mode. Instead she has penned a truly tender, reversed-gender tearjerker with an ending as realistic as it is heartbreaking. A four-hankie recommended read. (Ages 12 and older) --Jennifer Hubert
Title: Hanging On To Max (Turtleback School & ...
Publisher: Turtleback Books
Publication Date: 2003
Binding: School & Library Binding
Book Condition: Used: Good
Book Description Turtleback Books. School & Library Binding. Book Condition: Good. Book has a small amount of wear visible on the binding, cover, pages. Bookseller Inventory # G0613708210I3N00
Book Description Turtleback, 2003. Book Condition: Fair. Former Library book. Binding is slightly damaged and/or book has some loose pages. No missing pages. Bookseller Inventory # GRP69816044
Book Description Turtleback Books, 2003. School & Library Binding. Book Condition: Good. Turtleback Books - 2003 Hardcover. No dust jacket. Minor cover wear. Clean unmarked text. Tight binding. ** WE SHIP DAILY (Mon-Fri) ** Free Tracking Information. Bookseller Inventory # mon0000056157
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