The Battle of Jericho

The Battle of Jericho

by Sharon M. Draper


Sixteen-year-old Jericho is psyched when he and his cousin and best friend, Josh, are invited to pledge for the Warriors of Distinction, the oldest and most exclusive club in school.

But as the secret initiation rites grow increasingly humiliating and force Jericho to make painful choices, he starts to question whether membership in the Warriors of Distinction is worth it.

  • Series: Jericho
  • Language: English
  • Category: Young Adult
  • Rating: 4.14
  • Pages: 352
  • Publish Date: January 1st 2005 by Simon Pulse
  • Isbn10: 0689842333
  • Isbn13: 9780689842337

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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! He had pointed the gun at the last three members, Jericho, Dana, and Josh. Then Josh and Jericho had got into a little fight about who would jump first. He said that when they were in the pledge they only had to jump from a chair, now its from a 2 story building how much it has changed!

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. It includes harsh choices such as going to the pledge activities or go to a musical competition with guaranteed scholarship that can change your life forever. Moreover, Dana tries to be the first the girl member of the club which makes the masters furious willing to create any activity to scare and change her mind.

Throughout the book, I have wanted Jericho to tell someone the terrible things that happened in the Warriors of Distinction club, but he never did.

Read the book to find out what goes down in the Warriors of Distinction.

Below are 2 reviews - one from School Library Journal which gives an idea of the plot but doesn't explain how poorly developed the characters are or how unbelievable the dialogue is.... School Library Journal: Grade 7-10-When an elite club, The Warriors of Distinction, invites Jericho and his cousin Josh to pledge, the teens look forward to wearing the black silk jacket, going to great parties, and receiving the admiring glances of the other students at their Ohio high school. Unfortunately, what began as a book with a lot of potential has a disapointing ending, poorly developed characters, and heinously bad writing. The only character I felt sympathy for was Dana, who is not all that realistic--too much of a super-heroine--but at least is more developed and interesting. Draper doesn't pursue a lot of loose ends in the plot, either. This book has a lot of potential; the plot is not terribly realistic, but it is exciting.

And the topic of school clubs and hazing is a good angle for a novelpair this with The Chocolate War. Where this book fell flat for me was in dialogue and underdeveloped plot threads. A major plot line that I felt got shoved under the carpet was Jerichos trumpet playingit was a very big deal at the beginning of the book, but I didnt feel the tension by the end, when he needed to make the decision about continuing with the Warriors or going to the contest. Another plot line that felt stunted and stereotypical was Kofis (another Pledge Slime and one of Jerichos close friends) home life.

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. Everybody got gummy worms, but when Dana and Kofi choose, Eddie gave them the real worms on purpose. I loved this book, just as much as Copper Sun. The reason that Sharon wrote this book was to inform people on the bad side to pledging. I would recommend this book, to everybody, and especially to people who do not think that hazing is not that serious.