Jake and Lily
By Jerry Spinelli
(Balzer + Bray, Hardcover, 9780060281359, 352pp.)
Publication Date: May 2012
This is a story about me, Lily.
And me, Jake.
We're twins and we're exactly alike.
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
things getting built and wrecked and rebuilt
and about figuring out who we are.
We wrote this together
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?
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.
“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.”
“Double the feelings, double the fun.”
“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