The Battle of Jericho by Sharon M. Draper
(Coretta Scott King Author Honor Books)

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Sixteen-year-old Jericho is psyched when he and his cousin and best friend, Josh, are invited to pledge for the Warriors of Distinction, the oldest and most exclusive club in school. Just being a pledge wins him the attention of Arielle, one of the hottest girls in his class, whom he's been too shy even to talk to before now.
But as the secret initiation rites grow increasingly humiliating and force Jericho to make painful choices, he starts to question whether membership in the Warriors of Distinction is worth it. How far will he have to go to wear the cool black silk Warriors jacket? How high a price will he have to pay to belong? The answers are devastating beyond Jericho's imagination.

About Sharon M. Draper

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Sharon M. Draper is a New York Times bestselling author who has received the Coretta Scott King Award for both Copper Sun and Forged by Fire. Her Out of My Mind has won multiple awards and is a New York Times bestseller. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she taught high school English for twenty-five years and was named National Teacher of the Year. Visit her at
Published April 5, 2011 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 316 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The Warriors of Distinction are Douglas High’s elite group, a brotherhood separate from school, a service club with a secret initiation resulting in a slick jacket that is the ultimate status symbol for the guys.

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According to PW , "Draper conveys the seductive power of teen clubs and the dangers of hazing rituals in this timely novel about a talented trumpet player."

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So when he, his cousin Josh, and his best friend are invited to pledge the Warriors of Distinction, Jericho should be thrilled, especially when a fine girl like Arielle starts showing interest in him because of his soon-to-be Warrior status.

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Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.Find out more Parents need to know that this is a book about hazing, and includes some bad behavior, including underage drinking, pranks, a gun being waved around, and a final tragedy.

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