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Jake and Lily

Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
Categories: Kids, Ages 8-10
4.5 out of 5 stars (39 ratings)

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This is a story about me, Lily.

And me, Jake.

We're twins and we're exactly alike.

Not exactly!

Whatever. This is a book we wrote about the summer we turned eleven and Jake ditched me.

Please. I just started hanging out with some guys in the neighborhood.

Right. So anyway, this is a book about:

goobers and supergoobers

bullies

clubhouses

true friends

things getting built and wrecked and rebuilt

and about figuring out who we are.

We wrote this together

(sort of)

so you'll get to see both sides of our story.

But you'll probably agree with my side.

You always have to have the last word, don't you?

Yes!

©2012 Jerry Spinelli (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers

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thoughtful portrayal of growing up

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I am a mother of three boys (13 and a pair of 11-year old twins) and they allow me to read books to them (still!). This is one of our "family book club" picks and it was a good one. Jake and Lily are fraternal twins and the book is about how close they are (think "goombla!") and how difficult it is for Lily to find herself in the wake of her brother, Jake, separating to forge his own path with some boys in the neighborhood. The portrayal of her relationship with her grandfather, Poppy, and Jake's relationship with the neighborhood "goober," Earnest (AKA "Soop") were both special. The kids enjoyed the book for the suspense about Ernie's clubhouse. I enjoyed the book for the path Lily was journeying. I think this was a light-hearted but thoughtful treatment of the transition from childhood to adolescence.

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Brought back her love of reading!

My 7th grade daughter and I Ioved this book! Bravo to the readers! Listening really help with her comprehension! The problems in the story were real world problems that all siblings face. It was a great book to connect with!

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It was fantastic!

I loved the narration of Lily because it actually sounded like a little girl. Jake on the other hand sounded a little bit too much like a man. Other than that the book and narration was fantastic!

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Best book ever

I Loved the book most like Lily and Jake so like both of them Awsome.