The Death of Jayson Porter by Jaime Adoff

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Sixteen-year-old Jayson Porter wants to believe things will get better. But the harsh realities of his life never seem to change. Living in the inland-Florida projects with his abusive mother, he tries unsuccessfully to fit in at his predominately white school, while struggling to maintain even a thread of a relationship with his drug-addicted father. As the pressure mounts, there’s only one thing Jayson feels he has control over—the choice of whether to live or die.

In this powerful, gripping novel, Coretta Scott King Award–winning author Jaime Adoff explores the harsh reality of a teenager’s life, giving hope even in the bleakest of hours.

About Jaime Adoff

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Jaime Adoff is the author of the critically acclaimed The Song Shoots out of My Mouth, a Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Honor Book; Names Will Never Hurt Me, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults nominee; and Jimi & Me, winner of the 2006 Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent. He is the son of the late Newbery Awardwinning author Virginia Hamilton and renowned poet Arnold Adoff.
Published April 29, 2008 by Jump At The Sun. 272 pages
Genres: Children's Books. Fiction

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Abuse coupled with the death of a friend drives a teen over the edge and toward a new life.

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Although the title of the book seems to give away the ending, The Death of Jayson Porter surges to a new life after that bleak moment.

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