44th out of 60 books — 5 voters
by Alice Mead
Jasmyn is horrified when her single mother is called up from the army reserves to go to Saudi Arabia at the start of the Persian Gulf War. Her mother is gone two days later, leaving Jasmyn with Jake, her mother’s boyfriend and the father of her baby half brother. Suddenly Jas finds herself in charge of running the house and caring for the baby. Now there’s no time for prac...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published November 13th 2001 by Yearling
(first published 1999)
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Eleven year old Jasmyn’s mom is in the Army Reserve; her father is a pilot stationed in Japan (but is either divorced from or never married the mom). When Jasmyn’s mom is called to active duty during the first Gulf War, Jasmyn and Andrew, her baby half-brother (age 10 months), are left in the care of Andrew’s father. Jake isn’t really ready for fatherhood at all—at first he’s terrible at it--much less taking full responsibility for a baby and an almost adolescent step-daughter who is furious tha...more
I thought this book did a very good job of reflecting the life of a family that is faced with a mother going to war for the united states army. Jasmyn is a child of a single mother who is faced with all the challenges that come when her mother is called to Saudi Arabia. When her mother leaves she is very upset with her, but later figures out that it wasn't her fault. She has serious problems dealing with her step-brother and step-father. Also having school troubles and so on. Overall this was a...more
a single mother in the army reserves is sent to gulf war I and leaves her daughter (from a previous marriage) with her current boyfriend and their baby. the boyfriend can barely look after himself and does not know how to be parent, leaving the woman's daughter with most of the housework, baby care, and cooking. reinforced my distaste for war.
Jas just a rebellious daughter who being left by her mother with her mother boyfriend and her baby brother. Her mother was called for an urgent military aid.. This is a story how family being left had to struggle while the mother also had to struggle in a war in the middle of desert. All of them survive..
ALICE MEAD has written several books about children in war-ravaged societies, including Girl of Kosovo, an NCSS-CBC Notable Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies. She lives in Maine.More about Alice Mead...