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Just J by [Frizzell, Colin]
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Length: 112 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Grade 6-9—Jenevieve, 13, is dealing with issues that are causing her life to spin out of control. Her mom has just passed away, her little brother is needy, and a woman, Fanny, is moving in on her dad before her mother is even buried. Just when the teen's life is hitting an all-time low, an aunt she never knew she had appears at the funeral. Regardless, her father allows J to spend the summer with Aunt Guin, a philosophizing free spirit who fixes up old houses with her friend Art and then sells them at a profit. J spends the summer camping in the backyard of a fixer-upper, learning life lessons through her aunt's random quotes. The teen's engaging voice is full of sarcasm, dry wit, and angst while her aunt's voice is ethereal and soothing. Unfortunately, the plot has many gaping holes. Aunt Guin's explanation of why she was estranged from the family doesn't ring true, nor does J's father's willingness to send her off for the summer with a virtual stranger. Readers never know who Fanny is or her involvement in the family, and they're likely to wonder about the relationship between Aunt Guin and Art. The adult relationships are sure to leave readers with many unanswered questions. Those looking for stories dealing with loss would be better served by Sharon Creech's Walk Two Moons (HarperCollins, 2004) and Sonya Sones's One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies (S & S, 2004).—Angela M. Boccuzzi-Reichert, Merton Williams Middle School, Hilton, NY
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Review

"The novel has some great dialogue and descriptions...middle school girls will enjoy the short chapters, continuous wordplay and happy endings." (VOYA 2007-04-01)

"J is a force to be reckoned with...girls will enjoy [her] spunky personality and her unwillingness to give in to the emotions that rip through her." (KLIATT 2007-03-01)

"Unique in voice and setting, and there is an unabashed emotional truth to J that resonates throughout and keeps one turning the pages. Recommended." (CM Magazine 2007-03-01)

"Frizzell's prose is engaging and well-crafted...a reader can't help but connect with J." (Globe & Mail 2007-03-31)

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 524 KB
  • Print Length: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Orca Book Publishers (March 1 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0065QZ2VK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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