Junebug in Trouble
By Alice Mead
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Hardcover, 9780374339692, 144pp.)
Publication Date: March 2002
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback,
Junebug hasn’t seen his friend Robert since the family moved from their housing project in May. It’s Labor Day weekend, reunion time, and Mama, Tasha, Harriet, and Junebug are off to the beach. Robert is there, but so is Trevor, another boy from the project. Trevor is a gang member; Trevor has a gun. With Junebug gone, Trevor has easily befriended Robert. Robert might even join Trevor’s gang, the Rex. How can Junebug stop him? At the same time, Junebug wonders about his own father, who’s been imprisoned for more than six years. Junebug longs to know him, to know that he’s innocent – and that if he’s not, Junebug won’t necessarily turn out like him.
With all the spunk with which he made his dream come true in Junebug and assimilated a whole new life in Junebug and the Reverend, Alice Mead’s ten-year-old hero sets out to save his friend and understand his father. Junebug in Trouble is a 2003 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
Alice Mead is the author of many highly acclaimed novels, including Adem’s Cross, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, and two prior books featuring Junebug, both NCSS-CBC Notable Trade Books in the Field of Social Studies. She lives in Maine.
"This book will ring true to many young readers and expose others to the challenges faced by children today. An excellent choice, particularly for reluctant readers."
--School Library Journal