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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 145 pages
  • Publisher: Skyscape; 1St Edition edition (October 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761451382
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761451389
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,014,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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, Joshua. 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
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About the Author

Joyce Sweeney has written many novels for young adults, including The Spirit Window, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, Shadow, Free Fall, Takedown, and Players. She teaches creative writing and has also published poems, short stories, and articles in a variety of magazines. Ms. Sweeney and her husband, Jay, live in Coral Springs, Florida with their cat, Macoco.

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Joyce Sweeney is the author of fourteen novels for young adults and one book of poetry. Her novel, Shadow, won the Nevada Young Readers Award. Her novel Players was a Top Ten Sports Pick by Booklist. Her novel Headlock won a Silver Medal in the Florida Book Awards. Joyce is also a writing teacher and has mentored 36 of her students to publication. She teaches workshops throughout the state of Florida and is now launching online classes. Her hobby is community theater and she produces and directs several plays a year in South Florida.

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A truly touching story, well written.
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I recommend this book for young adults and older....it's a wonderful story.
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Easy reading and kept my interest and a very good book.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Alex Flinn on November 2, 2003
Format: Hardcover
From the very start, we know that Sophie is 16, pregnant, and has a bad relationship with her mother. What we don't know (and Sophie does) is who the baby's father is. What we also don't know (and discover along with Sophie) is the meaning of the mysterious dreams she's having . . . and the name of the person who's sending her threatening letters. This is a beautifully-written book. Joyce Sweeney uses poetry to get us into Sophie's head, but the book also has a compelling story that will keep the reader turning pages for the exciting and unexpected ending. I can't wait for another book from Joyce Sweeney!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Christina Hamlett on October 15, 2011
Format: Paperback
When I was a high school freshman, there was a girl two years ahead of me who was inexplicably sent off one summer for an extended visit with relatives in Minnesota. Or so the story went. My mother, however, divulged the truth to me that the girl "got herself in trouble" and was off having a baby that would subsequently be put up for adoption. She further warned me that I was to have absolutely nothing to do with the girl when she returned because it would ruin my reputation and likely send me down the same dark path. (I remember thinking at the time how stupid she was to imply that pregnancy was a contagious condition.) Back in the 1960's, teenage girls who "went all the way" with their boyfriends and became pregnant were subjected to similar disappearing acts. Those who kept the news from their parents put themselves at the risk of back-street abortionists. Flash forward to the 21st century and some of the high school classrooms I've visited to deliver talks on Career Day. Not only have I seen a surprising number of girls in their last trimester who just can't wait to be mommies but have also overheard just as many more who carry home pregnancy kits around in their backpack and are clearly disappointed if the stick registers negative.

As unsettling as it is to think of babies being born to girls just short of their senior proms and graduation, there are obviously exceptions to the issue of maturity. Joyce Sweeney's confident young heroine, Sophie, in WAITING FOR JUNE knows exactly what she has gotten herself into and is welcoming the birth of a little girl that she will love beyond measure.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By DE on April 3, 2013
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Beautiful. Smart. Witty. Loved the ending. I'd definitely recommend this book. I'm ready to go to sleep and cherish my dreams.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 16, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I can't tell you how wonderful I think this book is! It combines harsh realities with a little mystery and some mysticism thrown in. I enjoyed it immensely!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "macdbree" on January 21, 2004
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A beautifully written story which weaves you into a web of dynamic relationships. I promise you'll fall in love with Sophie.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jaydekitten on June 16, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I checked this book out from my local library on a whim. I didn't read the inside flap, therefore I had no clue what to expect. Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised with this book. The story revolves around Sophie, a pregnant teenager, whose past is a mystery even to herself and whose unborn child she is carrying is a secret she keeps to herself. Sweeney develops the story in such a way that it keeps the reader guessing and wanting to know all of the characters' secrets. Furthermore, the characters themselves are very human, very believable. This book was a short, yet intriguing, page-turner and I am definitely looking forward to reading more books by Joyce Sweeney.
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By A Customer on March 15, 2004
Format: Hardcover
The book is a story of a high school girl who became pregnant, and chooses to keep her child. Her journey through her pregnancy and the birth of her child is special. I don't know how to express how special this book is without giving you the conclusion (but not the ending)...
This book is special, and I am foutunate to have read it. I hope you will too. Sorry for using the word "special" so many times, but it is appropriate.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By avid reader on April 4, 2013
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Good book. Unexpected twists throughout the storyline. Would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys uncomplicated entertaining literature. Read the whole book in one sitting.
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