Come Sing Jimmy Jo Hardcover – Jan 25 2001
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From Publishers Weekly
James (stage-named Jimmy Jo) has a rough time handling his fame when he starts to perform with his country-western singing family. Ages 10-up.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From School Library Journal
Grade 5-8-James Johnson has been raised in West Virginia by his Grandma, while his Mother (Olive), Father (Jerry Lee), Grandpa, and Uncle Earl have been out pickin' and singin' country music at tent meetings, picnics, family reunions, etc. Grandma gave her place in the band to Olive when she joined the family. Now 11, James sings only with Grandma. After returning from their most recent trip, the family argues over whether or not to hire a manager. Eddie Switten visits the house and hears James singing. James has "the gift," and it doesn't take Switten long to see that James should play a part in the family's band. They get a six month contract with a TV show, Country Time, in Virginia and move there, leaving Grandma at home. James' name is changed to Jimmy Jo, and Olive becomes Keri Su. Although James becomes the star of the band and has many adoring fans, he is behind in his new school, doesn't have any friends, and doesn't want anyone to know about his singing. It's hard to keep that a secret, since some of the students have seen him on TV and there is a story in the newspaper about him. Linda Stephens narrates the book by Katherine Paterson (Lodestar, 1985) with a variety of southern voices and even sings a bit of the songs. Her narration is clear and distinct. This audio version gives new life to a book that might have lost some popularity over the years.
Rachelle Shollenberger, A.D. Eisenhower Middle School, Norristown, PA
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
After Jimmy Jo and his family find some sort of fame, things start to change. How his family members really feel about his success, and their singing careers. All in all, this book is a great book, which shows the true characters and feelings that often exist in family's who sing together. Jimmy Jo Johnson goes through a lot, with his mother, school, and when he finds out some interesting news. Jimmy Jo really finds out the people he can trust, and how life in the city really works. As his life changes, so does he, and along the way he discovers many things. I think his hidden friendship with Eleazer Jones is one of the best parts of this book.
End the end things work out for him, the best they can when any family faces problems. So without trying to give the whole book away, this was a very good read, and the author did a wonderful job, showing the real-life of this boy and his singing family