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4.37  ·  Rating details ·  317 ratings  ·  108 reviews
“This book is a treasure—a touching story of friendship, loss, and finding beauty in the everyday, with characters who stay with you long after you’ve turned the final page. I absolutely loved it.”—R. J. Palacio, New York Times bestselling author of Wonder

Laurel Snyder, author of Orphan Island, returns with another unforgettable story of the moments in which we find out wh
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Hardcover, 291 pages
Published September 3rd 2019 by Walden Pond Press
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Colby Sharp
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, 2019-nerdy
I LOVED this book. Check out my video review. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSHOh...
Moriah
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaway-reads
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Michelle Simpson
I stayed up late reading this one because I could not put it down! Leah and her parents have struggled through the past year after he brother’s accidental death. Leah feels alone, with her friendships fading and a feeling of being mostly ignored by her parents. A few days into summer break Leah meets Jasper, who quickly becomes a friend and fills that deep dark hole that rests within Leah. She quickly finds that Jasper’s living situation is horrible, as she is staying in an old abandoned house. ...more
Sami
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A summer story soaked in magic, My Jasper June is a beautiful exploration of friendship, loss, and family. Feeling neglected by her parents and lost in her own sadness, Leah finds an instant kindred spirit in Jasper and for the first time, begins to see the luster in life again. Jasper also knows a thing or two about abandonment, and as the girls bond over one magical summer, they realize they can't hide from reality forever. Luckily, Snyder is the perfect writer to tackle these tough subjects a ...more
Hannah
Jul 09, 2019 added it
Shelves: middle-grade, 2019
Snyder's summery offering is another middle grade winner. In MY JASPER JUNE, two girls with problems much bigger than them find that the bonds of friendship empower them and enrich their lives. Snyder writes a unique kind of fiction that straddles the line between realism and fantasy, and this book is sure to please both kinds of readers.
Cassie Thomas
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A feel-good, magical story about a family’s experience with grief and all of the emotions that loss can exhume.

Leah is a young girl trying to find her way after experiencing a devastating loss that she never thinks her family is going to come back from; and then she meets Jasper, a girl who becomes a sliver of light in their world of darkness.

Jasper’s life isn’t typical in any way to Leah, but Leah slowly learns that normal is not a label she aspires her family to withhold. After her families
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Pernille Ripp
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There are good stories and then there are perfect stories, @laurelsnyder's new middle grade book is one that will sit in my heart for a long time and one that I hope others will find and love as well. Perhaps we all just need more stories to not feel broken, perhaps we all need to find our very own Jasper so we can remember how to live. Adding this to my best books of year list #pernillerecommends
Emma
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Holds interest
-family dynamics post death in family
-children fending for themselves
-community
-friendship
-trying to fill a broken cup
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Elise
Feb 16, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Ooh, I love the cover! The Orphan Island vibes are strong!
Frosty61
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a well-written story about a family falling apart due to grief, guilt, and loneliness. I'd highly recommend it for upper grade elementary students.

Faced with a summer of isolation and boredom, the thirteen year old daughter, Leah, can barely make it out of bed in the mornings. Fortune (or is it magic?) intervenes when she finally ventures outside and makes a new friend, Jasper. Together, the girls find happiness, adventure, and true friendship despite the underlying fear and sadness ea
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Erin Varley
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read this book in record time. What a beautiful story of loss, of grieving, and of love.
Kristen
Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
After reading and loving Orphan Island, I found myself instantly drawn to My Jasper June. When I started to read it, it drew me in - the story of a lonely girl named Leah looking for someone to connect with and running from the grief that has overtaken her household and changed her relationship with everyone she knows. Meeting Jasper is life-changing and I spent the book wondering if there was something truly magical about her character. She's able to transform Leah into a person with purpose an ...more
Ms. Yingling
Jun 27, 2019 rated it liked it
E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus



It's summer time, but Leah is bored. She's old enough that her parents let her stay home, but she isn't going to camp, her friends are gone, and she's just... bored. Her parents aren't interested in what she does, since they can barely drag themselves through the day after a tragedy that befell the family a year ago. When she is out in her suburban Atlanta neighborhood, looking for things to do, she meets a girl, Jasper. Jasper is trying to wash her clothes in a c
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Sarah
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
EARC from Edelweiss Plus
A perfect blend for middle grade readers- friendship, family, hard truths, and growing up! Laurel Snyder has created another amazing story that will leave readers with lots to discuss. Preorder this now- it is perfect for small group book clubs.
Rachel Watkins
When you're a kid it's so easy to feel isolated and alone. Especially when your family has suffered a loss like Leah's. Laurel Snyder has written a deeply beautiful book in MY JASPER JUNE that addresses tough topics in genuine and accessible ways. After an isolating school year, Leah finds herself aimlessly drifting through a boring summer in her Atlanta neighborhood. That is, until she meets Jasper. Their friendship changes Leah's life in big ways. Not only does Leah find the courage to address ...more
Marzie
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-paper
Author Laurel Snyder's (Orphan Island) latest middle grade novel, My Jasper June tackles some serious topics including sibling death, grief, teen homelessness, and family dysfunction. Telling the story through the eyes of Leah and her friend Jasper, we see their friendship find ways to heal something broken in each of them. Snyder does a find job of giving us a poignant look at the ways children grieve their losses and struggle to express their fears.

This is a touching novel that exposes childr
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Jessika
Thank you to Walden Pond Press for the free ARC of this book! This does not affect my opinion presented here in this review.

The best way I can think to describe this book is to say that if you've been searching for a kindred spirit ever since Anne of Green Gables, look no further than My Jasper June. This was one of the most moving books I've read this summer and perfectly exemplifies why middle grade is a genre worth the read for both children and adults alike. I simply did not want to put this
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Olive
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My Jasper June is beautifully written about a girl dealing with sadness and distant parents who seem lost in their own worlds. Teenager Leah is dealing with that and more. Her BFF, Tess is becoming distant leaving the whole summer mindless. One day electronics become tiring and she heads out for a walk on a farm. She finds Jasper laying on a rock by the creek. She was not looking for Jasper but Jasper might’ve been looking for her or someone like her. There is something secretive and almost magi ...more
Marcie
There were many things I loved about this and the language and writing are high on the list. I'm not sure however how comfortable I am with giving it a blanket recommendation for fourth and fifth graders. All of the adults in the story seem unable to positively impact Leah or Jasper. I guess I am just disappointed on how much the kids have to deal with on their own. However, I suspect for the middle grade kids will find this to ring true for many of them.



In a way the book made me think back to t
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Mortisha Cassavetes
Sep 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2019
This was a very heart touching book that talks about some hard issues including abuse, neglect, depression, grief and even death but it is definitely worth the read. The story follows Leah, a young girl who recently lost her brother and is not only trying to cope with her own issues regarding his death but a mom and dad that are devastated mentally. Leah finds out that she will not be going to camp this summer and so she tries to fill her day with things to do until she meets Jasper, a young gir ...more
Shaye Miller
Sep 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
13-year-old Leah is feeling very alone. Her family lost her little brother just a year ago and nothing has felt normal with her parents since then. By chance, Leah meets another young girl named Jasper. They hit it off and have a fantastic time together, creating magical memories while carving out a hidden space that only they know about. But as Leah learns that June is homeless, it's hard to know when to keep a secret and when it's time to speak up. This is a heart wrenching story that's sure t ...more
Andrew
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade, audio
Everything changed last summer, when Leah's little brother passed away. No one talks to her like they used to, not even her parents. This summer, Jasper appears out of nowhere-- new to town, she doesn't know about Leah's family, doesn't treat her with fragility. Jasper's got some secrets of her own... My Jasper June is a sweet story about the beginnings of an everlasting friendship and healing after more than one kind of family loss.
Beth
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I got an ARC of this book from some wonderful people at nerdcampmi. I teach 8th grade ELAR and this will be my first read aloud this year. We are focusing on respect and empathy and this novel highlights both. It won’t be released until early September, but I highly recommend preordering it NOW!!
Bhavini
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If we could do half stars, I'd truly give this 4.5.
In so many parts of this book, I just wanted to hug Leah and Jasper. Putting myself in their age definitely helped relate to them more.

(Advance Reader's Edition was received. Opinions all my own)
Melissa Biehl
Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-of-2019
I read this book in 24 hours, that is how amazing it is! This story is about friendship, family belonging and healing after trauma. A book that will stay with me for always!
Amy
Wow. That was amazing. And so hard to get through...but in a good way.
Pam  Page
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Readers cannot help but love Jasper, a "girl unlike anyone" who befriends Leah, a girl who needs a friend to help her heal and understand her grieving. Jasper's past is tragic and heartbreaking and yet she is the uplifting and "magical" friend Leah needs. The two girls form a bond immediately but what they discover is they cannot leave their problems behind. A great story of friendship, overcoming and living with hardship, and learning that others' problems can be equally as difficult as your ow ...more
Suzie Davis
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Super touching story about friendship and loss. It also touches upon some other issues such as homelessness, alcoholism, abuse, fear... in a sensitive matter that is not meant to scare middle grade readers, but to heighten their awareness that these things happen around them. Really enjoyed it and will have to keep my eye out for other books by this author.
Terri Dreismeier
Sep 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Adding title to the Kirn Middle School’s 2019-20 wish list!
Jonathan Auxier
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book!
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Laurel Snyder is the author of six children's novels, "Orphan Island," "Seven Stories Up," "Bigger than a Bread Box," "Penny Dreadful," "Up and Down the Scratchy Mountains OR The Search for a Suitable Princess" and "Any Which Wall" (Random House) as well as many picture books, including "Charlie & Mouse," "The Forever Garden," "Swan, the life and dance of Anna Pavlova," and "Baxter, the Pig Wh ...more
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