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New York : Farrar, Straus,
and Giroux, 2001.
teenage mothers bring about many avenues of adversity.
“Raven wished she could get used to her new world….
‘Then I need to take some lessons from Star because I’m still trying to
get my bearings, what with no sleep, smelly diapers, and baby spit-up.
But the worst part is being cooped up all day with a baby, bored.
When it’s somebody else’s and you’re just waiting for them to come home
and pay you, that’s different, but when it’s you with your own….You know,
Ai, if you don’t come by I mostly sit here with nobody to talk to , watching
people throw chairs on talk shows. I have nothing to do and a million
things to do at the same time. Nothing to do for me, a million things
to do for the baby. I can’t even read a book because I have to watch
him every second.’
Raven’s life has been derailed. She never expected to be a mother
at sixteen like her best friend, Aisha. Is she going to be just another
high school dropout, a project girl with few prospects? What about the
baby’s father? Raven doesn’t even know the father’s last name.
She met him at a party. If she runs into him again, what will he
do when he learns he has a baby? Read Spellbound to enter Raven’s reality
of teenage motherhood and broken dreams. (Melanie Crumpton, email@example.com,
Ashley Middle School, Charleston, SC)