One night by Margaret Wild



One night is a poignant verse novel about Gabe, Bram and Al, boys who live on the edge through either drinking, copious amounts of casual sex or violence.  Gabe’s one night encounter with Helen results in her pregnancy and flight from home.  Helen’s decision to cherish her baby means tough choices, but is Gabe willing to support her?


This verse novel is so full of issues that could be discussed in the classroom; homelessness, teen pregnancy, families, disabilities, the effects of drug and alcohol abuse, friendship and relationships. One night is beautifully written and the sparse text layout ensures access by teen readers of all abilities.  So much can be gained from so few carefully chosen words.  Highly recommended at year 9 and above.


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