Just Like Jackie
Family is family, no matter what it looks like. Readers will cheer for this pitch-perfect story, just right for fans of such books as The Great Gilly Hopkins and Fish in a Tree.
For as long as Robinson Hart can remember, it’s just been her and Grandpa. He taught her about cars, baseball, and everything else worth knowing. But Grandpa’s memory has been getting bad—so bad t...more
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.
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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
Also a bit weird just in my 2019-Newbery-contender reading that this book is ALSO set in Vermont (/Small Spaces/) and ALSO includes group therapy (/Harbor Me/).
back after stepping in to Robbie’s world. A stunning text. Teachers, parents, lovers of plain old beautiful stories...this is a book for all of us, and certainly a classroom library must!
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.