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While The Battle of Jericho by Sharon Draper, who was born in Cleveland, Ohio, could take place in nearly any major city in America, it seems likely that the setting is Cincinnati, Ohio, because a Gilbert Avenue is mentioned as well as Frederick Douglass High School. In Chapter 1 after the three friends, Josh, Jericho, and Kofi, are invited to help with the annual holiday toy drive that the Warriors of Distinction hold, they agree and are told to "meet at Eddie Mahoney's Place on Gilbert Avenue. Further in the novel,
In Cincinnati there exists, in fact, a Gilbert Avenue and a Frederick Douglass school, although it is an elementary school. Also, on the opening page of the novel, the weather is described as "cold and blustery," in November, conditions that would typical in a city of Cincinnati's location. Also, it is reasonable that Draper would set her narrative in a city that is not too far from the New York school of Julliard, where Jericho has the opportunity to attend.
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