Just Like Jackie
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It can feel rare in children's lit, that educational and mental health professionals are shown to be competent and doing what is best for the situation. Often when a story needs a heavy, poor teaching or bad counseling stand as a foil. I appreciated that in this book everyone around Robbie is supportive, without solving her problems for her.
Robinson has never known either of her parents; her father was never in th ...more
Robinson lives with her grandfather in Vermont. She loves helping him in his auto shop after school, tapping maple trees with him to make maple syrup, and being the one to squeeze the cheese sauce into the mac'n'cheese. She's his right hand man. But Grandpa has been forgetting things and mixing up his words a lot. Robinson isn't sure what to do. She thinks she can take care of her grandfather, but who will take care of Robinson?
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Robinson lives with her grandfather Charlie in a small town in Vermont. It's always been just the two of them. One boy at school, Alex, gives her a hard time, never calling her the name that she wants to be called (never Robin, sometimes Robbie) and making fun of the fact that she looks very little like her African-American grandfather. After she hits Alex yet again, she gets sent to group counseling, which Alex attends as well. Many of the children in the ...more
This offers some coping mechanisms for children who may have similar anger problems, but it also shows compassion for the other characters and explains why bullies can be that why, as well as that sometimes people are just insensitive and not actively mean.
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These characters, adult and kids, ring true and memorable.
Robinson, Robbie for short, has anger problems and is frustrated that she doesn't know anything about her past. She also loves playing baseball and fixing cars in her grandfather's auto shop. She lives alone with her grandfather who is forgetful and unwilling to talk about Robbie's mother. Another complication is that people in town are often confused about why Robbie's grandfather is black and Robbie presents as white ...more