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Waiting for June
Sweeney, Joyce.
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Publication Information:
New York : Cavendish Children's Books, 2003.
Physical Description:
145 pages ; 22 cm
In the third trimester of her pregnancy, Florida high school senior Sophie tries to discover the identity of the father she has never known, while adamantly refusing to disclose the name of her own baby's father.
Reading Level:
710 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 4.3 6.0 73360.

Reading Counts RC High School 6.2 11 Quiz: 35937 Guided reading level: NR.
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Sophie has dreams. A college-bound honors student, she has aspirations to be a poet. But an unplanned pregnancy changes everything. Suddenly, she isn't so sure her life will go the way she wants. Then, she starts receiving threatening notes and wonders who is trying to destroy her. As the due date approaches, secrets come to life and events spiral out of control. Is Sophie losing her mind? Or is she finding her soul?

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 8-11. College-bound Sophie is pregnant and feels alienated from her high-school social scene, from her single-parent mother, and sometimes even from her best friend,oshua. Everyone is pressuring her to reveal her baby's father, but she refuses, content with her secret and reassured by the powerful dreams her unborn child is sending her. Yet danger is lurking. Someone knows who the father is and is threatening Sophie. This is a complex, multilayered story filled with magical realism but grounded in the experience of a single mother who is navigating through the daily world of parental disapproval as well as the tensions of multiracial dating and friendships. Sweeney probably deals with too many weighty issues superficially in this book, but there is no denying the compelling story and attractive main character. Sophie is stubborn, courageous, and intelligent, comfortable with herself and her decisions and with her plans for juggling college and a baby. Readers will empathize with her situation and find quiet satisfaction in her baby's birth. --Frances Bradburn Copyright 2003 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Sophie, a high school senior who "breathe[s] poems," is determined to go to college even though she's in the third trimester of her pregnancy. Treated badly at school, she walks an equally uneasy line at home with her single mom: not only does Sophie refuse to reveal who the baby's father is, her mom won't tell her about her own dad. Threatening notes begin to arrive, almost at the same time that she starts having bizarre dreams about whales-and experiencing the inexplicable (e.g., "A minute ago I was in Fort Lauderdale and a bus was going to hit me.... Now... I'm in the water at Biscayne Bay in Miami, miles from where my brain thinks I should be"). Sweeney (Free Fall) crams a lot of plot lines into this novel, and some are more fleshed out then others. For example, the identity of Sophie's stalker is obvious, and that whole strand seems tacked on. The whales, on the other hand, add magical imagery in line with not only Sophie's pregnancy but also her poetic nature ("The other whales sing wildly, crazily. I urge my baby with my heart-Launch! Launch!"). In the end, readers will admire Sophie's courage and humor and her adamant refusal to accept how "doomed I'm supposed to be"; her narration keeps this story afloat. Ages 12-up. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 8 Up-There's a lot going on in this short novel. High school senior Sophie, who never had many friends, finds herself both pregnant and having visions of whales. She refuses to tell anyone who the father of her baby is, just as she never knew the identity of her own father. It is not until after the birth of her daughter, June, that her mother confides the truth-her father was black. Besides the expected fears that center on being young and pregnant, Sophie discovers yet another worry: someone is sending her death threats. The suspense and almost hallucinatory aspects are added to this realistic tale of a teen coming to terms with her past and embracing her future. Reluctant readers especially should enjoy Sophie's story, as it touches on a real-life situation but is also dramatic and mysterious.-Catherine Ensley, Latah County Free Library District, Moscow, ID (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.