Jake and Lily

By Jerry Spinelli
(Balzer + Bray, Hardcover, 9780060281359, 352pp.)

Publication Date: May 2012

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover, Paperback

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Summer 2012 Kids' Next List
“This lovely story about the special bond between twins is unlike anything Jerry Spinelli has ever written. The twins tell their story in alternating chapters. Jake and Lily have always known each other's thoughts. Even stranger, they both sleepwalk to the train station every year on their birthday. But now that they're 11, things seem to be changing. Jake starts hanging out with a neighborhood gang, leaving Lily behind. Will Jake's new friends get him into trouble? Will Lily find a friend of her own? And more importantly, does growing up mean growing apart? A bright and breezy story full of Spinelli's trademark humor, with an ending that is absolutely perfect.”
-- Joanne R. Fritz, Chester County Book & Music Company, West Chester, PA


Description

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.




Praise For Jake and Lily

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

“Spinelli is a poet of the prepubescent…Nobody is better than Spinelli when it comes to creating the grade-school world of qualified innocence—and treading a fine line between challenge and reassurance.”
-New York Times Book Review

“Each character is portrayed with emotional subtlety and conviction, while their juxtaposed viewpoints bring the energy of opposing forces to the story.”
-Booklist

“Double the feelings, double the fun.”
-Kirkus Reviews

“Spinelli’s hallmark issues—individuality, nonconformity, alienation, standing up for the little guy—figure prominently, and the messages are convincingly worked into the story.”
-Horn Book Magazine

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