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Kinda Like Brothers

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  714 Ratings  ·  155 Reviews
Jarrett doesn't trust Kevon.

But he's got to share a room with him anyway.

It was one thing when Jarrett's mom took care of foster babies who needed help. But this time it's different. This time the baby who needs help has an older brother -- a kid Jarrett's age named Kevon. Everyone thinks Jarrett and Kevon should be friends -- but that's not gonna happen. Not when Kevon's
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published August 26th 2014 by Scholastic Press
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Rebecca Honeycutt
Just...really real and On Point. I hope that more authors like Coe Booth will wade into the (sometimes too-cozy) world of middle grade fiction. As much as kids still flock to magic orphan or manic-pixie-dream-foster-kid books (looking at you, Counting by 7s), it's wonderful to read something about the foster system that's written by someone who actually understands it.

The characters are realistically complex--they're awesome and stupid, sensitive and callous in turn, just like actual middle grad
Ms. Yingling
Jul 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Jarrett's mother takes in foster children in Newark. Usually, they are babies who have been abused and need care for just a few days, but when special needs infant Treasure arrives, she comes accompanied by her brother, Kevon, who is older than Jarrett. Jarrett has to share his room, and he's a bit irritated that he doesn't get to find out what chain of events brought the children to his family. Kevon is very protective of Treasure, but the boys slowly make an uneasy peace. Jarrett's mother has ...more
Mar 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
A few kids at my library got really excited about this book. One, in particular, came up to the desk asking for readalikes, after she found it.

This is a mirror book if kids have experience taking in foster kids, living in an urban environment, or dealing with very grown-up issues at a young age.

The kid is relatable, and you feel for him, and understand that he's doing his best under the circumstances.

Decided the content is a little too mature for my suburban outreach audiences, but for 5th an
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This story pulled at my heartstrings. These characters were real, the voice was authentic, there is so much heart, love, and empathy...I don't even know where to begin. To read the rest of this review and to see a 5th grader give her review of this book Click Here.
4.5 stars. This was fantastic!

Eleven year-old Jarrett is pissed off, and it has nothing to do with his mother taking in more foster kids. He’s not too psyched to have to share his room with a 12-year old stranger, Kevon. Why does the newest addition to his family have to be older than him, better looking, great at basketball, and able to make new friends almost immediately?

Jarrett finds out soon enough that Kevon is less than imperfect. He has no trouble raising his voice to Jarrett’s mom when i
Brenda Kahn
So glad Coe Booth wrote a middle grade novel - engaging voice, interesting characters, no easy answers.
Gabrielle de Waal
Aug 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-challenge
It was really cool to read a story about foster care in which none of the primary characters were abusive or evil, but things also weren't all sunshine and roses. Jarrett resents sharing his room and treats Kevon selfishly, but he genuinely loves the foster babies and goes out of his way to make them laugh. Kevon lies about his situation and acts distant and unfriendly to Jarrett, but he also dotes on his baby sister and helps Jarret out of a dangerous situation. Both boys make cruel, petty choi ...more
Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
Review to come!
Fabian Ceballos
Oct 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
***Spoiler Alert*** Did you ever have to live with foster kids that was one year older than. Kevon would always mess with Jarrett or acted better. My Genre is Realistic Fiction and in the story the characters are sad and happy because it will always go up and down with siblings or they will get into a little fight. Ill give this book 5 stars because its interesting in the beginning when the foster kids came into Jarrett's home. An how Jarrett shared a room with a stranger that he doesn't know.

“But let me tell you guys something,” Terrance said. “In the meantime, till things change, you need to know what to do when you get stopped. Not if you get stopped. When.” ………………….Terrance was serious the whole time. He said what he was telling us was a matter of life and death, and he meant it. (Pg. 81, 82)

Started this fast book on boys for my 5th and 6th graders but see my 7th graders in the portrayals more..This is a fairly recent 2014 book about growing up as a young man with no father, a yo
Rich in Color
May 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
[a review copy was provided by the publisher]

Coe Booth crafted a unique story here and again made the characters matter to me. I’ve run across quite a few stories about foster children, but this was one of the only times I remember a book that looks at it from the foster family perspective. Jarrett knows all about not getting too attached to the babies that come and go. Having an older foster brother is new though, and is way more difficult. Sharing a room, his friends, and especially his mom,
Aug 11, 2014 added it
Shelves: read-in-2014
Talk about a compelling set-up! Eleven-year-old Jarrett is struggling through summer school and has to help with the foster babies his mom takes in. Then his mom starts taking care of a new baby...and this one has a twelve-year-old brother, Kevon. Suddenly, Jarrett has to share his room with Kevon, this slightly older boy who's better than he is at everything. I love the way Coe Booth sets up the relationship between these two boys so that readers completely understand why Kevon pushes Jarrett's ...more
May 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a great read for students looking for an urban story but aren't quite ready for the grittiness of Walter Dean Myers or Jason Reynolds. Jarrett is failing sixth grade and will mostly likely have to repeat, and his mom pays more attention to the babies they foster than she does to him. When one of those babies comes with a brother Jarrett's age, things get even worse. So many issues in this one are handled in ways that are appropriate for middle-grade kiddos: education, friendship, African ...more
Casey O
Jan 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Kinda Like Brothers by Coe Booth is a book about a kid named Jarret who has to live with another kid his age named Kevin. Jarret's mother takes care of foster babies but, this time is different this baby has a older brother named Kevin. Kevin seems to be okay at first, until he starts getting in Jarret's face. Jarret know's he has to do something about it and fast.
I personally enjoyed this book. There was a lot of conflict and I was always guessing what was about to happen. Finally Kevin and Jar
Sep 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
I kinda like loved it. Coe and middle grade= a great fit!
Jay Lesaicherre
Jun 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Just a real book. I can't wait to hand these to my students.
Alan Bernardez
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read the book called kinda like brothers this book is about a kid name Jarrett. This mom takes care of kids that have a problem at home with their parents or don't have parents. Jarrett mom took in these two kids one name Kevon, and Kevin has a sister name, Izzy. Kevo went to the same school as Jarrett and Jarrett were jealous of Kevin because Kevin was better at everything and he was not. Jarrett had asthma problem so he got sick all the time and when he gets sick he skips school for about 2 ...more
Randi Dennis
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is about Jarrett mom taking in a boy named Kevon and his little sister Treasure, and Kevon and Jarrett are close in age and they both share a room. They both don't trust each other so throughout the book they learn how to get along, and now they call each other brothers. I would recommend this book because it's shows that two people that don't know each other can grow and be brothers. Asthma plays a big part into the Climax and his experiences, and it's explains some of Jarrett’s diffi ...more
Black Carrie
I requested this book for my kids thinking it was a picture book it was tough reading a chapter book to a 5 year old and 4 month old was difficult but we got through it. I loved bronxwood & tyrell so I knew this book was good..... It dealt with alot of problems
ABUSE [Poor babies]
INTERPERSONAL relationships
I really like the setting of the book too I w
Chris Masiello
Sep 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
It was one thing when Jarrett's mom took care of foster babies who needed help. But this time it's different. This time the baby who needs help has an older brother -- a kid Jarrett's age named Kevon. Everyone thinks Jarrett and Kevon should be friends -- but that's not gonna happen. Not when Kevon's acting like he's better than Jarrett -- and not when Jarrett finds out Kevon's keeping some major secrets. Jarrett doesn't think it's fair that he has to share his room, his friends, and his life wi ...more
Mark Richards
Mar 14, 2017 rated it liked it
I liked the style of writing of this book. It definitely gave me the sense that a twelve year old boy was writing it. The characters were strong; it was easy to picture them as people I might know. The ways that the main character chose to deal with (or not) his problems seemed like choices a real person might make. I was disappointed at the end to see such easy resolution to the main problems between Jarrett and Kevon and really no resolution at all to the secondary problem between Jarrett and ...more
Miss Sarah
Kevon and his sister treasure are temporarily moving in with Jarrett and his mother. Jarrett's mother takes in babies in crisis but usually not older kids Jarrett's age of around 11. Jarrett and Kevon have a tenuous relationship hurting and helping each other. Will they ever change there ways? A solid story about life changing in unexpected ways and I think it will make kids reexamine there own situations. I felt this was a very real portrayal.
May 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 18, realistic-fiction
Jarrett's mom takes in foster babies...but this time the foster baby has a big brother. Jarrett has to scoot over and share his room, his home, his life. The tumultuous relationship between the two boys is no surprise, considering the baggage each has. This novel reads like someone telling you a really great story. I was completely engaged from start to finish.
Nov 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars, favorites
I really enjoyed this book. I liked the ending, and I liked how it was very real to life. I think that the author is an amazing writer who portrays the problems of kids' lives in a very realistic and interesting way.

Longer review on iRead later on :)
Heather Newman
May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good read aloud for my 3rd grader and I. She didn't understand everything that was happening, but we had good conversations that broadened both of our minds. Is there going to be a sequel? We felt there were some loose ends.
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great story about a young kid in Newark, NJ who develops a strong bond with his foster brother. Issues include abuse, addiction, developmental delays, asthma. Modern definition of family, facing a variety of challenges and taking care of one another in the end.
May 13, 2017 rated it liked it
a new nutmeg award book for grades 4-6. It was fair. About a boy and his sister being put in a foster home where another boy the same age(about) lived.The trails and tribulations of the boys.
Foster care
Mar 21, 2016 is currently reading it
I have a friend who is in the foster program for teenagers with no parents. He had to travel from house to house and stay with new people he didn’t know from scratch. He had to start a new life. It was rough for him at the start, but then he got himself a job, and just recently got himself an apartment. So he overcame the traveling from house to house. In the book, Kinda Like Brothers, Coe Booth’s character finds out that if something new happens it can start off rough, but as time progresses it ...more
Sep 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book does a really amazing job of introducing and looking at very real, very heavy issues in modern America. It takes a hard look especially at the educational system and the way it fails students who struggle to keep up ("no child left behind" was always laughable) but it also manages to work in a cold hard look at the way police profile black men -- even black boys in sixth grade.

This book was actually pulled from the Battle of the Books reading list during the 2016-17 school year at the
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