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Monday, February 10, 2014

Let's Booktalk--Pregnant Pause by Han Nolan



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El is sixteen, daughter of two missionaries trying to save the AIDS babies of Kenya, little sister to the perfect Sarah who wants nothing more than to be a mother. El though is stubborn, gets into trouble, and she always has to do things the hard way. Pause…and she’s pregnant.

“Here’s what I hate about all the pregnancy books I’ve been reading. They’re meant for perfect people who are going to have perfect babies and live perfect lives with their perfect husbands” (16). But, as El finds out, pregnancy is anything but perfect. Married at sixteen, living in a cabin as a camp counselor at her in-laws’ summer “fat camp”, El will face more challenges in her near 9 months pregnancy than she has in her 16 years of life.

“Then I see my baby, wow, my baby, born from me—a miracle. She’s all covered in crud, and the umbilical cord is hanging out of her belly. I see arms and legs moving, and the doctor does something to suck out fluid from her mouth and nose, and the baby cries and I cry and I can’t believe it—I have a baby, a baby girl, a baby girl named Emma Rose” (243).

No, one seems to want her to keep the baby, and when Emma Rose is born with Down Syndrome, everyone wants one thing—for El to give up. But, El wants to be a mom and wants HER baby. Pause…so, how can she be 16 and a mom?

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