Hanging on to Max by Margaret Bechard

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Sam's girlfriend is pregnant -- but Sam is keeping the baby. Sam should be planning for college and trying out for the football team with this best friend, Andy. Instead he's up to his ears in diapers and formula, caring for his baby son, Max. Will Sam now have to make a gut-wrenching decision about Max's future -- and his own? A poignant and humorous look at an old problem...with a new twist.
 

About Margaret Bechard

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Margaret Bechard is the author of five novels for younger readers, and one other young adult novel, "If It Doesn't Kill You, " which "SLJ" praised for its "healthy dose of humor." She lives in Tigard, Oregon, with her family.
 
Published January 1, 2001 by Perfection Learning. 204 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books. Fiction

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The protagonist, who lives at home with his equally inexpressive father, is nicely foiled by two classmates, both teenage mothers, who help round out the situation and demonstrate the various experiences of young parenthood.

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A 17-year-old unwed father struggles to juggle his responsibilities as a parent and student.

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Sam, a 17-year-old unwed father, is the candid, unusually likable narrator of Bechard's (If It Doesn't Kill You) involving novel.

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He and Max live with Sam's father, who doesn't talk much, and he has lost touch with his old best friend, Andy.

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