Janet S. Wong Minn and Jake

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Minn and Jake

 
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A surprising friendship

Do you ever feel like you’ve somehow lost your true best friend? Minn feels this way. So does Jake. But Minn and Jake have no intention of being friends. Minn’s a string bean. Jake’s a shrimp. Minn’s a girl. Jake’s a boy. And in fifth grade, who wants a best friend of the opposite sex? But Minn and Jake are forced together by circumstances, which only strengthen their resistance . . . until Minn takes Jake lizard hunting. There are lots of good ways to choose a friend.

This enchanting free-verse novel, accompanied by expressive, humorous black-and-white drawings, proves that sometimes friendship just happens.

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About the Author:

Janet S. Wong is the author of many poetry collections and acclaimed picture books, including This Next New Year. She lives in Medina, Washington.

Geneviève Côté has illustrated several books for children. She lives in Montreal, Quebec.

From School Library Journal:

Grade 3-5-Minn, the lonely young narrator who has just lost her best friend asks, "Do you ever feel this way?" establishing a connection to readers on the first page of this short novel. Wong's free-verse writing suits this warm story of unlikely friendship between "odd- pigtailed- and very much alone" Minn and Jake, a newcomer to fifth grade who is short and "has a new spiky haircut/-that makes him look/like a baby crow." The connection for them is lizard catching, an after-school activity unique to their community of Santa Brunella. Minn is good at it, Jake is terrified of lizards. The plot twists through the few emotional tight spots successfully: Minn's determination not to "waste her time/on that city boy Jake," and, in turn, Jake's rejection of Minn when he bluntly hangs up on her. Just in time, the story develops tension through the class bullies, Vik and Henry, who make Jake's life miserable, tormenting him about his fears. Ultimately, however, Jake proves his mettle. Cote's whimsical, spare black-and-white sketches are reminiscent of drawings that might be found in a fifth-grade student's notebook and work well with this story.
Lee Bock, Glenbrook Elementary School, Pulaski, WI
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