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The Graduation of Jake Moon

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HOW CAN YOU LOVE SOMEONE AND RESENT HIM AT THE SAME TIME?

Jake Moon used to love the time he spent with his grandfather, Skelly, but that was before Skelly got Alzheimer's disease. All of a sudden, it's as if Skelly is the kid, and Jake has to be the grown-up. Much of Skelly's care becomes Jake's responsibility, and that doesn't leave much time for a life of his own.

Then,
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Published June 4th 2002 by Listening Library (Audio) (first published January 1st 2000)
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Ardea Smith
Oct 05, 2013 Ardea Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Title / Author / Publication Date: Park, Barbara. (2000). The graduation of Jake Moon [Recorded by Fred Savage][CD]. New York, New York: Listening Library Random House, Inc.

Genre: Fiction

Format: Book on CD

Plot summary: : Jake Moon has always had a close relationship with his grandfather, especially because he grew up without a father, in a single parent home. Since he was born Jake has looked upon his grandfather as his ‘father’ and turned to him for love and advice. In 3rd grade, Jake’s bond w
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Kelcie Hoon
Sep 27, 2011 Kelcie Hoon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book seriously was the most amazing book I have read in a long time. Although I felt dumb at Einstein Bagels today reading a 115 page, kid-print book, I didn't even care because I was so consumed in the plot line. I love how the author Barbara Park shows a child's view of peer acceptance, single-parenting, dysfunctional family dynamics, and maturing. The whole book Jake Moon would try to make light of his grandpa's Alzheimer's and he always said how embarrassing and hard it was to be a kid. ...more
Cole
Nov 02, 2012 Cole rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"The Graduation of Jake Moon" was a good book. It was a quick read, compared to other books I have read. The book gave some insight about Alzheimer’s disease due to Jake's grandpa's(Skelly) condition. Overall, I would not read this book again due to the lack of action. However, it was well written and is a good story. I would recommend this book to middle school or freshman students, because it was an easy read since Jake was graduating from middle school and they would be able to connect with h ...more
Nancy
My daughter is reading this as a fifth grade assignment and I read it, too. It was a book about a boy whose live-in Grandfather has Alzheimer's. It was a bit after-school specialish, but I enjoyed it. My live-in Grandfather had Alzheimer's and this book was really relatable for me. I think it's good for kids to read about realistic adversity...am glad my daughter is reading it. It has sparked some good conversation between us.
Chris
Mar 21, 2017 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: grade-7
This book was really good, and had a lot of meaning in the whole piece. This book was so interesting throughout the whole, and I always wanted to read more of it. At the end of the book you could find so many meaningful themes or messages, and thats always good to find. I enjoyed this book, hope a sequel may come out.
Sophia
Oct 07, 2016 Sophia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The ending made me cry, it was so good!
Anaya
Mar 07, 2017 Anaya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 7th-grade, favorites
This book was extremely well written. Although it was quite short, there was a lot of symbolism and things we can learn in daily life.
Kaitlyn
Feb 06, 2012 Kaitlyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"How can the one person Jake could always count on be fading as fast as--well, the moon" (Park).

This novel follows the trials and tribulations of coping with a family member who is diagnosed with a life-threatening disease; in this case, Jake's grandfather, Skelly, has Alzheimer's. At first, Jake is sympathetic and defensive of his grandfather to "outsiders" who do not understand, but as time goes on and Skelly's Alzheimer's advances, Jake can hardly stand to look at him, and does whatever nece
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Jackie
This bittersweet story of love, empathy, and understanding is masterfully crafted. It is the story of a young person's struggle with the sad and poignant deterioration of a beloved grandfather's mind as the onset of Alzheimer’s disease becomes increasingly worse. When Jake Moon's grandfather, Skelly was diagnosed with this awful disease while Jake was in 3rd grade, he thought Skelly would just forget where his keys or glasses were occasionally. But, when, by 8th grade, Skelly's actions and forge ...more
Lindsey Hench
Oct 02, 2011 Lindsey Hench rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Graduation of Jake Moon by Barbara Park was a great story written from the view of an eighth grader. That eight grader, Jake Moon grew up with his mother and especially his grandfather by his side. He cherished his grandfather, Skelly for pushing him to always keep his chin in the air. Skelly was known by many in the local area as a wise man that took the time to make everyone feel important and loved. Unfortunately, Jake had to grow up faster than most of the kids in his classroom, because ...more
Elaine
Aug 30, 2009 Elaine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: youth
Jake played a large role in caring for his grandfather and along the way, had to put up with much embarrassment, from friends whom he brought to the house and in public settings. We get a sense for his frustrations along the way and his true feelings for his grandfather later on in the story. Jake had thought his grandfather was messing with him when he repeatedly asked "What's this?" and Jake would tell him what that same item was over and over. Frustrated when his grandfather was doing this wi ...more
Sarah
Jan 14, 2013 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was a thrill to read a chapter book for an older child--took me back!

This book (the copy I had) did not have an exciting or colorful cover, but the story wad written in the context of the main character Jake and was saturated with emotions. Smart choices.

I was pleased that the story did not end in the expected, saddened way. It did not end in a miraculously unreal way either. It was REALISTIC. Not to be obvious, but it is under the correct genre (realistic fiction).

Even a lower-level book (
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Savannah Gonzalez
Apr 19, 2013 Savannah Gonzalez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Graduation of Jake Moon trails along the life of a boy who was raised by a single mother and his grandfather. Skelley, his grandfather, was his mentor and father figure until about 3rd grade when roles changed. Jake is faced with a series of personal and social obstacles as his grandfather’s progression of Alzheimer’s reaches newer extents. Along the way, Jake has no choice but to sacrifices extra-curricular activities, friends, and how he lived. He was now in charge of caring for the indivi ...more
Annabellecarter
The graduation of Jake Moon is the story of a young boy and his relationship with his grandfather. Growing up Grandpa Skelly was Jakes father figure; Jake loved spending time and learning from Skelly.

The relationship of Skelly and Jake changes drastically when Skelly develops Alzheimer’s Disease and things change for the worse. Skellys pajamas are found in the freezer and he places his bed sheets in the oven. Jake becomes to embarrassed to invite any of his friends over anymore because he was as
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Jake
Nov 28, 2014 Jake rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Graduation of Jake Moon written by Barbara Park, tells the story of a young boy named Jake, and his grandfather. Jake never knew his father, so his grandfather filled the role, helping out at school, teaching him valuable life lessons, etc. His grandfather was his best friend. This story however is about how he develops Alzheimer and how it effects Jakes life. He no longer has that person to teach him how to be a man, he no longer has his best friend, instead he has to take care of him, help ...more
Oscar Varela
Dec 01, 2014 Oscar Varela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The graduation of Jake moon by Barbara Park
This was a very emotional book and anybody that has had a friend or family member diagnosed with Alzheimer’s will agree. The story is about how a teenage boy deals with his grandfather’s disease. Jake moon is like any other teenager but he was put in a difficult spot when his grandfather, Skelly was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. During most the book Jake is embarrass by Skelly, and it almost he is a burden to him. Then one day Skelly goes missing and he r
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Joseph Lapierre
Oct 02, 2011 Joseph Lapierre rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As I am currently reading "The Graduation of Jake Moon" I couldn't help but relate to jake himself. I too found myself taking care of someone older than me. Just like Jake I found myself being the adult while my mom was the child. Although my mom didn't have Alzheimer's disease like skelly and didnt forget where things were but the cancer took over and It was my responsibilty to help take care of her. Jake became the grandson every grandparent wanted. I emphasized with Jake because he didn't hav ...more
Cheeri
Sep 23, 2013 Cheeri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The sarcastic wit in The Graduation of Jake Moon made it so enjoyable to read! I loved the way that Barbara Park, the author, used Jake's 14 year old point of view to weave a story about the effects his grandfather's struggle with Alzheimer's had on him as an adolescent. It is a viewpoint that offered me a new perspective on what it must be like for a child experiencing a family member's long-term illness. By using Jake's point of view the author was able to create a fun, humorous, and poignant ...more
Shant Zatourian
Dec 13, 2012 Shant Zatourian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I chose this book because I thought the summary on the back of the book was very interesting. This book is about a boy named Jake Moon who finds out that his grandfather has gotten Alzheimer’s disease. At first, he thinks that it is no big deal, and then the disease gets much worse. Throughout the book Jake Moon and his family suffer while taking care of Skelly (Jake’s grandfather). My favorite quote in this book is “zipper his brisket,” said by Skelly. This is my favorite quote from the book b ...more
Ricardo Espinoza
The Graduation of Jake Moon is one of those stories that should become required reading in schools. The story line is simplest, a kid is watching the slow deteration of his grandfather's mind and is forced to react to this situation. He first reacts as all children would, by acting immature and my wanting to face the reality of the situation but he eventually grows up. Why should this become required reading? Because children aren't living in a bubble, and if we show them that bad situations hap ...more
Kim B.
At times this book feels like a problem novel, like it should be titled "Jake's Grandfather Has Alzheimer's Disease - A Guide For Young Readers." Note how I say AT TIMES, and fortunately it's only really near the beginning. Either way, if it were any different it may not have had the same effect. This is painfully realistic and terrifying at times story about how horrible Alzheimer's is to the person who has it and to that person's family. Right down to the last detail, it is perfect (I'm going ...more
Books Kids Like
Dec 01, 2013 Books Kids Like rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jake's mom moved home to live with her father soon after Jake was born. Grandfather Moon goes by the name Skelly which is a contraction of his real name--Sherman Kelly changed to S. Kelly changed to Skelly. Skelly could always change a bad situation into a good one. He could always make people feel good about themselves. Then, Skelly is diagnosed with Alzheimer's during the fall of second grade. Over the next few years, Jake watches his grandfather's memory decline. He does and says bizarre thin ...more
Gracie Larcher
I am a huge fan of this book! Being told from the main character, Jakes, point of view. You really get a glimpse into what it is like to experience someone you love suffering from Alzheimer's disease. I think there are students out there who could really relate to Jake, and as a result feel less alone if they were experiencing something similar.

The Graduation of Jake Moon would be best suited for students in the sixth grade. The story can be sad at times and it would take a more mature reader.
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Alan Garcia
Oct 01, 2013 Alan Garcia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story is about a boy named Jake Moon and his fight against the Alzheimer's Disease that his grandfather Skelly inherited. He enjoyed being with his grandfather, but this was before he had the disease. At first, Jake believe that the disease was just something you get when you get really old, and he did not care about early on. Over time, Jake began to realize the severity of the disease, and he realizes the difficulty that his grandfather is going through throughout the story. What I believ ...more
Kim Barth
This story deals with a family's struggle to care for a relative with Alzheimer's disease. When it begins, Jake is in first grade, and he loves to spend time with his grandfather. His grandfather teaches him about carpentry, helps him learn to do pull-ups on the monkey bars, and takes him to his first Little League baseball game. Soon after this, though, Jake's grandfather learns that he has Alzheimer's disease. As the years pass, Jake becomes embarrassed by his grandfather's increasingly odd be ...more
Erin Brady
Sep 25, 2012 Erin Brady rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Graduation of Jake Moon is one of those stories that should become required reading in schools. The story line is simplest, a kid is watching the slow deteration of his grandfather's mind and is forced to react to this situation. He first reacts as all children would, by acting immature and my wanting to face the reality of the situation but he eventually grows up. Why should this become required reading? Because children aren't living in a bubble, and if we show them that bad situations hap ...more
Megan Chonczynski
Dec 06, 2014 Megan Chonczynski rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is a table of contents in the beginning. It is interesting because there is no description on the back about the book, instead it is in the inside of the cover. Jake is dealing with his grandfather having Alzheimer's disease. At first he doesn't think it'll be that big of a deal, but it ends up being one. He doesn't want to invite his friends over because he doesn't want to be embarrassed. He realizes his grandfather is fading as fast as the moon. He always could rely on him, but now he ha ...more
Tara Geske
Sep 25, 2012 Tara Geske rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book really hit home for me because my grandpa had Alheizmer's disease. I didn't see him all of the time, but when I did get to visit him, I got to see the effect he had on the rest of my family. It makes me sad because I do not remember him before he had Alheizmer's so I never really felt like I knew who he really was. This book would be great to read to my students or have them read it individually because it presents the disease how it is and would help kids understand better. Would be a ...more
Sara Lamb
Apr 10, 2013 Sara Lamb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book. It presents an issue with Alzheimer's disease from a young boy's point of view. It's sad in a way because this boy was so close with his grandfather and witnessing his grandfather lose his memory is hard and frustrating for him. He has a hard time forgiving and understanding his grandfather's situation. I like this book because it discusses those things and it helps me, as the reader, to learn a little more about situations like these since my grandparents are also goin ...more
Jessie
Mar 06, 2016 Jessie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Teenaged Jake lives with his mother and grandfather, Skelly. Skelly has always been there for Jake his whole life, and they always had fun together. Then, Skelly gets diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease. It falls to Jake a lot of the time to take care of Skelly or keep an eye on him. Jake struggles with being embarrassed of his grandfather as the disease progresses and he does things that are more and more crazy. Can Jake look past his embarrassment and focus on all the good memories he had with ...more
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Barbara Park received over 40 awards for her books, including 25 Children's Choice awards.

Park was the daughter of a merchant and a secretary, Doris and Brooke Tidswell. She grew up in Mount Holly Township, New Jersey. From 1965 to 1967, she attended Rider College, later finishing her B.S. in 1969 at the University of Alabama. She married Richard A. Park in 1969. She lived in Phoenix, Arizona for
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