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Darkness Before Dawn

by Sharon M. Draper  |  Grades: 7-12  |  Ages: 12+  |  Lexile Level: 670

Darkness Before Dawn by Sharon M. Draper Teacher Guide, Lesson Plans, Novel UnitAbout Darkness Before Dawn by Sharon M. Draper

The powerful conclusion to the Hazelwood High trilogy.

Recovering from the recent suicide of her ex-boyfriend, senior class president Keisha Montgomery finds herself attracted to a dangerous, older man. 

In her senior year, things are finally looking a little brighter for Keisha. Still haunted by the suicide of her ex-boyfriend, Andy, she finds comfort in the attentions of the new track coach, twenty-three-year-old Jonathan Hathaway, the principal's son. How can Keisha not be swept off her feet by a tall, dark, handsome "lemon drop wrapped in licorice" who treats her like a woman, not a girl?

But when this intoxicating relationship takes a frightening turn, and a romantic dinner at Jonathan's apartment leads to an attempted rape, Keisha must once again overcome personal trauma and try to rebuild her life.

Hazelwood High Trilogy: Tears of a Tiger, Forged By Fire, Darkness Before Dawn

Biographical Notes About Sharon M. Draper

Sharon M. Draper (1948 -   ) is a New York Times bestselling author and recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award honoring her significant and lasting contribution to writing for teens. She has received the Coretta Scott King Award for both Copper Sun and Forged by Fire, and was most recently awarded the Charlotte Huck Award for Stella by Starlight. Her Out of My Mind has won multiple awards and was a New York Times bestseller for over three years. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she taught high school English for twenty-five years and was named National Teacher of the Year. Visit her at 

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