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Jake and Lily - Jerry Spinelli

Hardcover Published: 8th May 2012
ISBN: 9780060281359
Number Of Pages: 335
For Ages: 8 - 12 years old

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Beloved Newbery Medalist Jerry Spinelli, author of Maniac Magee and Wringer, addresses issues of identity, belonging, family, and bullying in this humorous and heartfelt novel about twins.

Jake and Lily are twins. Despite their slightly different interests and temperaments, they feel exactly the same—like two halves of one person. But the year they turn eleven, everything changes. Their parents announce it’s time for separate bedrooms. Jake starts hanging out with a pack of boys on the block. And Lily is devastated, not to mention angry. Who is she without Jake? And as her brother falls under the influence of the neighborhood bully, he also must ask himself—who is the real Jake?

This is an often funny, poignant, and profound story of growing up, growing apart, and the difficult process of figuring out who you really are.

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!


About the Author

Jerry Spinelli received the Newbery Medal for Maniac Magee and a Newbery Honor for Wringer. His other books include Smiles to Go, Loser, Space Station Seventh Grade, Who Put That Hair in My Toothbrush?, Dump Days, and Stargirl. His novels are recognized for their humor and poignancy, and his characters and situations are often drawn from his real-life experience as a father of six children. Jerry lives with his wife, Eileen, also a writer, in Wayne, Pennsylvania.

Industry Reviews

"Spinelli adroitly balances emotional tension with introspective moments in this smart and funny story."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Spinelli adroitly balances emotional tension with introspective moments in this smart and funny story."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

ISBN: 9780060281359
ISBN-10: 0060281359
Audience: Children
For Ages: 8 - 12 years old
For Grades: 4 - 6
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 335
Published: 8th May 2012
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.32 x 12.7  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.34

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