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Kid Konnection: Jake

March 5, 2011

Ten-year old Jake’s dad died several years ago, and it’s been just him and his mom ever since.   The only grandparent he has left is his father’s dad – he lives in North Carolina and Jake talks to him on the phone twice a year, but doesn’t really know him.  Jake’s pretty much okay with that – he and his mom have friends and get along just fine.

When Jake and his mom go to buy groceries one icy morning, Jake’s mom falls and breaks her leg.  It’s a bad break, requiring surgery and a hospital stay, and the hospital insists that a family member be called to care for Jake.  Jake really doesn’t want his Granddad to come, but what choice does he have?

Jake’s Granddad shows up quickly and things are dicey at first, but with the help of a good friend and neighbor, Mrs. Buttermark, Jake and his Granddad get to know each other and start forming a relationship.

Jake by Audrey Couloumbis is a wonderful middle grade book!  Jake is such a real kid – full of doubts and fears, but also eager to please and happy to be loved.  He and his mom have figured things out pretty well, and in the absence of family members nearby, have created a family of their own.  I think this is probably a real situation for many children, and I think it’s great to see it portrayed in a book like this.

Mrs. Buttermark is a wonderful character too.  She teaches by example and encourages Jake to see the best in other people.  She teaches Jake a lot about life, love, and friendship.

Both Jake and his mom have fears to face and I love the way that’s portrayed in the book as well.  Their friends treat their fears with respect while they try to help them overcome them.  Overall, I found Jake to be a very satisfying read and I think it will appeal to middle grade readers, especially boys.

For more children’s books reviews, go to Booking Mama’s feature, Kid Konnection. If you’d like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children’s books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week,  leave a comment as well as a link on her site.

I won a copy of this book from Random House Kids on Twitter.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
17 Comments leave one →
  1. March 5, 2011 7:21 am

    This sounds like a good one for sure. Nice review.

  2. March 5, 2011 8:10 am

    This does sound really good. I’m curious about the grandpa, but I suspect he comes out to be worth knowing!

  3. March 5, 2011 9:22 am

    New book to me and I like the sound of it!

  4. March 5, 2011 10:20 am

    This sounds like a good book. I wish I had the time to participate in everything I wanted to —like Kid Konnection. I am always amazed at how you keep up with blogging.
    I must be a slug. lol

  5. March 5, 2011 10:48 am

    This sounds terrific. I just love good middle grade books.

  6. March 5, 2011 1:35 pm

    Sounds like great books for kids in that age 🙂

  7. March 5, 2011 4:19 pm

    I’m so buying this one for my school library!!!

  8. stacybuckeye permalink
    March 5, 2011 4:51 pm

    Looks good. And I love the cover too.

  9. March 5, 2011 5:03 pm

    Sounds like a book my son and I would like. I think the cover is cute too!

  10. March 5, 2011 9:02 pm

    Nothing better than a story on the bonds of family & friendship.

  11. Kathleen permalink
    March 5, 2011 9:49 pm

    Books like these make me want to be a middle school reader again, not that I couldn’t enjoy it if I read it right now!

  12. March 5, 2011 10:54 pm

    This looks like a good middle-grade book, with realistic issues portrayed as well!

  13. March 6, 2011 9:21 am

    This one sounds like it would be an excellent learning experience for middle schoolers. Glad you enjoyed it.

  14. March 6, 2011 6:37 pm

    This book sounds great and like it has a really positive message for middle grade kids. I know a few who might appreciate this one, and I am glad to hear that you liked it. Great review, Kathy!

  15. March 7, 2011 12:11 pm

    I’ll have to add this one to my oldest son’s reading list! I’m sure he’d love it!

  16. March 7, 2011 12:19 pm

    Yet another one to add to Bebe Boy James’ reading list! Thanks for the review!

  17. March 8, 2011 2:09 pm

    I’ve not heard of this one before, but it sounds like a wonderful book. Definitely one I’ll keep in mind.

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