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Just Jake
by Jake Marcionette and Victor Rivas Villa


Overview - JUST JAKEintroduces readers to sixth-grader Jake, whose life is turned upside down when his family moves from Florida to Maryland, where Jake must adapt to a new school. Jake has always ranked the kids at school in his hand-made, humorous Kid Cards, and when he arrives at his new school, Jake starts building a new collection, befriending as many people as he can while staying under the radar from the school bully.  Read more...

 
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Overview

JUST JAKEintroduces readers to sixth-grader Jake, whose life is turned upside down when his family moves from Florida to Maryland, where Jake must adapt to a new school. Jake has always ranked the kids at school in his hand-made, humorous Kid Cards, and when he arrives at his new school, Jake starts building a new collection, befriending as many people as he can while staying under the radar from the school bully. But what happens when the school bully decides Jake's next in line for annihilation and his Kid Cards get into the wrong hands? JUST JAKEis a genuine and as Jake himself would say, AWESOME world of school, family, friends, and teachers; it s the product of a writer talented well beyond his years."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780448466927
  • ISBN-10: 0448466929
  • Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap
  • Publish Date: February 2014
  • Page Count: 155
  • Reading Level: Ages 8-12

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Series: Just Jake #1
 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2013-11-25
  • Reviewer: Staff

Sixth-grader Jake Mathews is a big believer in his own “awesomeness,” something that gets put to the test when his family moves from Florida to Maryland, sending Jake to the bottom of the social totem pole. Jake’s supremely self-confident narration switches between humorous bluster, observations of sixth-grade life, and sibling give-and-take (Jake’s older sister is a force to be reckoned with). Cut-out photos with captions and doodles, faux crinkled/stained papers, and cartoon illustrations create the sense that readers are peering into Jake’s battered and heavily decorated journal. In this first book from teenage author Marcionette (who began writing it at age 12), Jake applies his “Rules for Awesomeness” to his new home and keeps track of everyone in school with “Kid Cards” (“Think baseball cards, but the team is your school and the players are your teammates”). The narration leans heavily on pop culture references and slang (honey badger, broseph, “slow your roll”) that are unlikely to age well, but Jake’s youthful exuberance shines through and keeps the story speeding ahead. Ages 8–12. Author’s agent: Dan Lazar, Writers House. (Feb.)

 
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