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The Jericho Trilogy is a three-book children's (somehow) series written by Sharon M. Draper published from 2005 to 2010.

The first book of the series, The Battle of Jericho, revolves around a group of boys (and the daring girl Dana) who become part of an exclusive high school club called The Warriors of Distinction, with plenty of attention, hot girls, and the famous black jacket...however, when they actually begin the initation ceremony, they find that the club has dark, hidden rituals.

The second book in the series, November Blues, features a main female character November who was dating Josh in the first book, now suddenly pregnant with his child after Josh's tragic death. Josh's parents find out and want to take care of the baby for themselves, and with the pressure of her senior year and a soon-to-be mother November finds herself in a situation she can't shop her way out of.

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The third and final book in the series, Just Another Hero, revolves around the group of characters going through their senior year dealing with their own personal issues, until a fire alarm is pulled in class as students are held hostage with an assault rifle by a deranged classmate.

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  • Anyone Can Die: Towards the end of the first book, Jericho's cousin and November's boyfriend Josh dies in a tragic hazing accident surprisingly after been established as a main character which is expected to stick around for a while. The author is also not afraid of threatening characters with death either, such as November's baby after being born early in the second book or the assault rifle hostage attack in the third book.
  • Alpha Bitch: Arielle is this for a bit in the second book, before getting back together with Jericho and leaving Logan.
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  • Even Evil Has Standards: Arielle leaves Logan after finding out he's selling pills to children in the second book, which is too much for her to deal with despite the fact that she was okay with bullying a pregnant girl before.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: For a series which is in a lot of elementary and middle school libraries, this series does this a lot. For example, the first book has underage drinking, sexual harassment and a rather tragic hazing death. The second book gets away with teen pregnancy and a character getting arrested for selling pills to children. The third book has a character hold students hostage with an assault rifle.
    • While November Blues dodges the word "sex" in the main teen pregnancy plotline, words are used like "sleeping around" which are a bit stronger then the average children's book.
      • Also in the same book, Arielle calls November a tramp, clearly intended in the more modern sexual way.
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