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The Battle of Jericho (Jericho #1)

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Sixteen-year-old Jericho is awaiting initiation to the Warriors of Distinction, the oldest and most exclusive club in school—but how high a price will he have to pay to belong? Find out in this first novel in Sharon M. Draper’s Jericho Trilogy.

When Jericho is invited to pledge for the Warriors of Distinction, he thinks his life can’t get any better. As the most exclusive c
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published June 1st 2003 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published January 28th 2003)
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Mr. Z
What's more important to you: being yourself or being a part of a popular or "important" group? This story weighs the risks of acting like someone you're not to make yourself feel important. The Battle of Jericho will have you on the edge of the seat and provide some unexpected twists.
Mar 10, 2009 Hopharper rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At the end of The Battle Of Jericho the pledge group had to jump from a building, not just from the first but the second story of the house! To prove that they have what it takes to be a warrior. The group was almost done with the pledging and then all of the sudden the pledge caption had pulled the gun that the pledge had found in the disgusting dumpster they had to climb in. He had pointed the gun at the last three members, Jericho, Dana, and Josh. Dana had said she wanted to get it finished ...more
Steven Santiago
Mar 21, 2016 Steven Santiago rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“How high a price he will pay to belong”

I’m not a book lover but I found this book interesting. A book that reflects the power of peer pressure and decision making to belong.

The story develops around a teenager named Jericho and his cousin Josh who were invited to be part of popular club called “Warriors of Distinction”. The most exclusive club of the school. And with invitation Jericho gains the attention of Arielle, one of the hottest girls of his school. But when the pledge activities star
Jan 14, 2009 Abigail rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
unreadable in its inauthenticity (from what I can tell).
Jim son of Jim (formerly PhotoJim)
What? Jim's reading a book with no romance, no SF, no fantasy, not a classic, not a comedy, and aimed at the YA market? Well, I asked the librarian for her favorite book she read this year. Since she is responsible for the YA, this is what she gave me.

Jericho was never the popular kid. He's a music geek with a decent group of friends. When he's asked to pledge for a very exclusive club, his life gets much better. Suddenly he's popular ,and more importantly, with a popular girl. He and his cousin
Oct 01, 2008 Ronald rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book I read was the battle of Jericho by Sharon M. Draper. This book is a fiction\ teen drama. The central idea of the book is when you know when the line of good and bad are crossed.
The battle of Jericho is about a sixteen year old boy named Jericho. Who is happy when he and his cousin josh get invited to be pledges for the warrior of distinction. This club is one of the oldest and most secretive clubs. Just being in this club helps Jericho get the attention of one of the most beautiful gi
Feb 11, 2009 Ruhama rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen
Winner of a Coretta Scott King Honor Award

Jericho’s school has a great club that all boys long to be a part of: The Warriors of Distinction. It’s been around for years (Jericho’s uncle was even a part of it), and it’s known for it’s good deeds and the closeness of the members. Every year new members are inducted into the group, and this year Jericho has been invited to join. Before they can be called Warriors, though, they must go through an initiation process, which lasts a week. At first the t
Katrina Burchett
Aug 03, 2008 Katrina Burchett rated it really liked it
Jericho Prescott thinks to be a part of the Warriors of Distinction, a high school club, will somehow improve his life. The thought of wearing the black silk jacket he'll receive once he undergoes the "Bonding of the Brotherhood", being noticed by his peers, and getting the attention of a particular girl seem to be more important to him than anything.
Against his better judgment, he endures humiliation, mind games & numerous indignities to become a Warrior of Distinction. He wants to belong
Chantel Batchilly
Nov 06, 2010 Chantel Batchilly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i just finished reading the book called, "The Battle Of Jericho," by Sharon M. Draper. This book was about sixteeen year old Jericho Prescott. Him, his Cousin Josh Prescott and their best friend Kofi were invited to pledge for the Warriors of Distinction, the oldest and most exclusive club in school. as well as a few other boys around the school. Jericho had his eyes on one of the prettiest girls in school, Arielle. Just being a pledge wins him her attention. But nobody knows what the Warriors ...more
Stephanie Batista
Oct 16, 2007 Stephanie Batista rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: students
This book is based on high school kids, it shows how these group of friends grow into a bonding family after a tragic situation. These situations were based on popularity and what they were willing to do to get it. For high school now and days many students think that is very important and how their reputation seems to appear. They are willing to act differently or try things they don't like just to become part of a popular gropu or just to become someone many kids envy.
I really reccomend this
Apr 21, 2008 Toughlove rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone and anyone
Recommended to Toughlove by: nobody
The Battle of Jericho by Sharon M. Draper. This book is about a boy named Jericho who is trying to get into this club called the Warriors of Distinctions. Jericho, His friend Kofi, ,d his cousin Josh were asked to pledge the club, and a one of his friends who is a girl, named Dana, tricked her way into the club. They all had to go through very weird and strange task to get into the club. For example, they had to be lead around the inside of the warehouse, on a dog leash; they had to choose betw ...more
529_Quincy Owens
Teachers: This book has the potential to hook students from page 1. What would you do to be popular? Would you kiss someone's toes? Carry their books to class? Give them money? I can see myself creating a pre-reading interest guide which would easily generate enough momentum to get student engaged and discussing, "what if."

The book Battle of Jericho is about a young man in middle school who wants to be popular. Peer pressure, interest in a particular pretty girl and traditions force him to make
Michael Martin
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Tyesha Barton
Nov 18, 2013 Tyesha Barton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Being in high school and not being popular isn't easy. Jericho was an outcast at first. He had a few friends: Josh, Dana, Kofi, Arielle, and November. Jericho, Josh, and Kofi were asked to be in a school group called the Warriors of Distinction. They were excited because they were finally getting a chance to be popular in school. Dana then wanted to be in the group,too. She was going to be the only girl pledging and if she made it in she believed that she was going to make a difference. They had ...more
Mar 16, 2011 Trevor rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was all about a boy name Jericho who has a normal life and loved to play trumpet. He is a low class student and he want to be better so he tried out for a club called the Warriors of Distinction the best club in the school. When he signs up for the club he meets a girl named Arielle. After that there is a certain way to get in the club and that means doing pledge activities that are secert. Jaricho goes though the unpleasent pledge activities and on the last pledge activie goes on his ...more
Mar 19, 2008 Ice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a young boy who is a not so popular kid in high-school who is asked to join a club that could make him a star. He immediately takes the chance and does everything he can to make it into the club. He is so focused on this simple high-school club that he skips his ticket for a scholarship, a trumpet competition, into a good college. He goes through a few "tests" that will see if he is worthy of being a "warrior of distinction," the name of the club. After a few he has second tho ...more
Kristin Reisler
Mar 04, 2009 Kristin Reisler rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club
November Blues also by Sharon M. Draper is the sequel to this book. This book is very confusing to read but is a good book.

In this book, a boy named Jericho, and a boy named Kofi, and also, a boy named Josh were in something kinda like the army, but it was "service" to upper classmen to get into a "club" that the school did not know about. The three younger boys, and other boys and girls begging to get in, had to do a crazy stunt to make it in, or in otherwise, get to wear the silk jacket. What
Jun 14, 2008 Toni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite the book that could scare parents of high school aged children. Written before Copper Sun, I can see how Sharon Draper has developed as an author; I can only think that she will continue getting better. I am enjoying her has an author that I want to read more of. The Battle of Jericho is a good book for young adults to read to try to show them the importance of not becoming lemmings and follow the crowd without using th good snese they were given. I can see how this could happen in todays ...more
Thalia Thizzel
Dec 18, 2007 Thalia Thizzel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a group of friends who want to join a high school ferternity called the warriors. Jericho's uncle, a former Warrior himself, is so proud of Jericho and Josh. Then there is also a girl named Dana who is the first girl to ever get pledged. This book is about when saying enough is enough before it’s to late.

The battle of Jericho is a good book I really enjoyed it. I learned a good lesson that I can use in the future because I want to join a fraternity.

There is also a sequel that
Mar 31, 2008 Marsha8f rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I got this book on Friday and finished it on Sunday night. At first I thought it was a hilarious and a embarressing book at least for Jericho. Jericho is the main charecter in the book. This book is about a Boy named Jericho that wanted to be in this group that helps the community and school. One day they gotten approached by leaders of the group. He, his cousin Joshua and his friend Kofi was asked to help them to help with the toy drive they have every year. They were excited. Every thing went ...more
Nov 10, 2008 Ernest rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who are thinking that they must fit in to be cool!
Recommended to Ernest by: Library
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Dec 08, 2008 Julia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: YA readers,
Recommended to Julia by: I read all Draper
Jericho and Josh are cousins, but they are close in age and in every other way. When they are both asked to pledge for the distinguished yet secretive Warriors of Distinction, they are honored and a little freaked out when the hazing starts. Their female friend Dana also pledges, much to many’s consternation. Jericho who’s also a fine trumpeter, and his father is a cop, who was not in the Warriors. Josh’s father is a lawyer, who was in the Warriors and is very proud of his son and nephew for ple ...more
Carlee Danielle
Sep 03, 2016 Carlee Danielle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book. I usually have a hard time getting into books but quickly found myself caught up in the action and emotions of all the characters. "The Battle of Jericho" details the experience of a 16 year old boy named Jericho Prescott and his cousin Josh when they get invited to be a member of the Warriors of Distinction. The Warriors of Distinction is a popular club within their school that is recognized for doing lots of good acts of service for the community. However, as soon ...more
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Buzzwords: Hazing, friendship, music, family, sexism, bullies

This is the second book I have read by Ms. Draper, and I think I can confidently say her books are not for me. Ms. Draper's books focus on ISSUES rather than characters, and while I appreciate her exploration of non-white characters lives and problems that could apply to any teen, I wish her characters were more fully developed and true to life. That said, I was interested this book, to a point. At least enough to have a list of what I
Mar 04, 2014 Jamara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 29, 2009 Tim rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Dealing with Fraternity-like high school hazing, Draper's novel is heavily moralistic. Some of the characters exist solely to push a moral point and have no other reason outside of having the main characters make a personal reflection. I am really not sure how this would appeal to teens. Also, I am pretty sure that the phrase "all that and a bag of chips" died in the earlier 90's, but maybe I am wrong.

On a positive note, the book does end unexpectedly, which makes the sequel more interesting.
me,myself and hubbz dats all
Feb 02, 2008 me,myself and hubbz dats all rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: friends/anyone who is interested in book like this
The book "the battle of jericho" talks about how a boy and his cousin want to be one of the cool kids so they and also some of their friends try and jion this that all da cool kids are in they half to face rough tasks and also dangerous one that can put their lives in danger and cause the death of a love one
what i learned from this book is that ou dont always half to be one of the "cool kids" that by you just bring you is cool and that you dont always half to prove your self to people.
English Education
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Marco Valdez
May 22, 2014 Marco Valdez is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
aaaThe Battle Of Jericho by Sharon Draper, is a interesting book because it deals with young people and the problems they face in school, outside of school, and at home. I can relate to this because because im young and still in high school like the kids in the book.
The main characters name is Jericho, he’s a junior in high school. Everything is normal until he and his two friends, Josh and Kofi, is asked to help run a toy drive by the warriors of distinction, a group of kids in school who do a
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Sharon M. Draper is a professional educator as well as an accomplished writer. She has been honored as the National Teacher of the Year, is a five-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Literary Award, and is a New York Times bestselling author. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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