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My Jasper June

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  839 ratings  ·  220 reviews
“This book isa 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 who
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published September 3rd 2019 by Walden Pond Press
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Rachel Reads Ravenously
4 stars!

Despite a some very heavy topics, I really enjoyed this book. At its core, it's a story of healing, and a powerful one. Would recommend for upper aged middle graders, probably ages 10 and up.
Colby Sharp
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, 2019-nerdy
I LOVED this book. Check out my video review.
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, 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
Pernille Ripp
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Ms. Yingling
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
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Holds interest
-family dynamics post death in family
-children fending for themselves
-trying to fill a broken cup
Aliza Werner
I had been anticipating this gorgeous book since Laurel told me about it over a year ago. Her gift as a writer is making you believe that magic is just as real as anything. The exploration of loss, accepting and challenging the imperfections of family, and doing our best by our family and friends though it might take the most bravery is authentic and revealing. Sometimes we have to do hard things for the ones we love...we keep secrets, protect secrets, and ultimately reveal those secrets when ...more
Dee Dee G
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was so caught up in this book. Flowed from beginning to end.
Lynn Plourde
Leah and Jasper are such vivid, REAL characters. I adore them and I adore this book.
Feb 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of introspective MG/YA crossovers
Shelves: for-my-sister
My Jasper June features the same gorgeous writing as Snyder's Orphan Island (which I love), but the plot is much slower and sadder. I was expecting more magical realism (there is none) and less grieving and heavy topics (there is a lot--this pushes almost into YA territory). Feeling pretty mixed on this one.

EDIT: Forgot to mention that this also portrays lifeguards (or lack thereof?) poorly. Minor thing, maybe, but a personal pet peeve of mine since I'm a lifeguard.

EDIT 2: I'm over this cliche
I really liked this book when I started it. I mean, the main character is a relatable, kind of moody new teen, who really just feels like she needs to be heard. There's something beautiful in a book that addresses real problems as this one did, and I really appreciated that. I also really loved how real this book felt. Not many things were overdramatic, it just felt like a real girl's life. Leah is likable, even with her faults, and Jasper is delightful if a bit serious for her age. I loved all ...more
Destinee Sutton
I put off reading this because I've read too many children's books about death this year. But then the audiobook became available and I needed something to listen to on a long flight. So I was prepared to dislike this and pick apart how similar it would be to the many other works of grief fiction I've read. (To be fair, it's not the author's fault there are so many middle grade novels about the death of a family member.)

In some ways, this book did irritate me (particularly this plot device of
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kate Willis
Jan 03, 2020 marked it as unfinished  ·  review of another edition
Things I loved about this book...
1. It's by the author of Orphan Island, a.k.a. one of my absolute favorite books of all time. <3
2. Jewish people just being... Jewish. I'd love to find more books like this that aren't issue-driven but include Jewish characters.
3. Dollar store appreciation!!! Seriously, y'all, dollar stores are amazing. :D

I didn't end up finishing this book because I ran into some things I was uncomfortable with, but I've heard from others that it was great in the end. ;)
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing book that wrenches the heart. On the one hand there is 13-year-old Leah whose family is numb with grief over the death of her nine-year-old brother Sam the year before. On the other hand there is 14-year-old Jasper whose home life is so terrible that she chooses to live alone in a shack hidden in kudzu with no water nor electricity rather than stay with her sister and her violent husband.

The two girls find each other on one of Leah’s walks near the shack, and a fast friendship is
Erin Varley
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book in record time. What a beautiful story of loss, of grieving, and of love.
Nov 22, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ehhhh not a fan, review to come soon
Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
yet another beautiful 2019 mg book about grief
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Pam  Page
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 ...more
Suzie Davis
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Emily Baker
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My Jasper June by Laurel Synder is a touching story that you must read. This book is about a young girl named Leah who has lost her brother and nows seems that she has lost herself too, along with her parents. Ever since the day of the tragedy, everything has changed for her. Until one day Leah meets a girl named Jasper who also has had a hard life. Together the girls become best friends, hide away from all of their problems, and conquer challenges that will end up changing both of their lives.
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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 ...more
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