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Jacob Have I Loved

by Katherine Paterson

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS | October 22, 1980 | Hardcover

Jacob Have I Loved is rated 3.6667 out of 5 by 6.

"Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated . . ." With her grandmother's taunt, Louise knew that she, like the biblical Esau, was the despised elder twin. Caroline, her selfish younger sister, was the one everyone loved.

Growing up on a tiny Chesapeake Bay island in the early 1940s, angry Louise reveals how Caroline robbed her of everything: her hopes for schooling, her friends, her mother, even her name. While everyone pampered Caroline, Wheeze (her sister's name for her) began to learn the ways of the watermen and the secrets of the island, especially of old Captain Wallace, who had mysteriously returned after fifty years. The war unexpectedly gave this independent girl a chance to fulfill her childish dream to work as a watermen alongside her father. But the dream did not satisfy the woman she was becoming. Alone and unsure, Louise began to fight her way to a place where Caroline could not reach.

Renowned author Katherine Paterson here chooses a little-known area off the Maryland shore as her setting for a fresh telling of the ancient story of an elder twin's lost birthright.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 224 pages, 8.28 × 5.69 × 0.81 in

Published: October 22, 1980

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0690040784

ISBN - 13: 9780690040784

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from fire_boy Jacob Have I loved was an OK book. In the beginning it's a little slow at the beginning and a little weird at the end but otherwise it was good. Being a twin I can understand what Louise went through and it isn't always rainbows and sunshine eating together going to the same school it gets to you after a while but Bravo.
Date published: 2004-11-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very well done! Ahhhhh...Where to start? Well I just finished the book like five minutes ago, and I would have to say I'm very impressed! I got it for a novel study, and thought it was sort of....boring at the beginning. Louise always looked at the cup half empty than half full, but having a perfect twin isn't really easy either. I was surprised at how much I like it though, despite the sometimes pesamistic attitude she had, I loved it! the ending made me cry and I liked how it related to the bible. A wonderful novel!
Date published: 2003-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from sbling rivalry this was a great book!every page of this book is writen with such detail that it wants you to read on ! read it and don't miss out !!!
Date published: 2003-07-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Slower than a turtle frozen in time This book is honestly dry. In fact, after reading this book, my whole grade nine english class, along with our teacher, petitioned the english department to remove the book from the curriculum. The book just proved that realism is not necessarily good.
Date published: 2003-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An AWESOME book for all!!!! I thought that I would NEVER read a good book than my teacher suggested this one to me!! I will ALWAYS thank her for that!! The book tells a story about real life and everybody loves a book with the main character is not PERFECT! Everybody has their flaws! This book really tells that! - darah
Date published: 2003-06-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great book I enjoyed this book because there are sisters in it. The sisters fight alot!!! It's a good book!!!
Date published: 2001-02-06

– More About This Product –

Jacob Have I Loved

by Katherine Paterson

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 224 pages, 8.28 × 5.69 × 0.81 in

Published: October 22, 1980

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0690040784

ISBN - 13: 9780690040784

From the Publisher

"Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated . . ." With her grandmother's taunt, Louise knew that she, like the biblical Esau, was the despised elder twin. Caroline, her selfish younger sister, was the one everyone loved.

Growing up on a tiny Chesapeake Bay island in the early 1940s, angry Louise reveals how Caroline robbed her of everything: her hopes for schooling, her friends, her mother, even her name. While everyone pampered Caroline, Wheeze (her sister's name for her) began to learn the ways of the watermen and the secrets of the island, especially of old Captain Wallace, who had mysteriously returned after fifty years. The war unexpectedly gave this independent girl a chance to fulfill her childish dream to work as a watermen alongside her father. But the dream did not satisfy the woman she was becoming. Alone and unsure, Louise began to fight her way to a place where Caroline could not reach.

Renowned author Katherine Paterson here chooses a little-known area off the Maryland shore as her setting for a fresh telling of the ancient story of an elder twin's lost birthright.

About the Author

Katherine Paterson was born in China, where she spent part of her childhood. After her education in China and the American South, she spent four years in Japan, the setting for her first three novels. Ms. Paterson has received numerous awards for her writing, including National Book Awards for The Master Puppeteer and The Great Gilly Hopkins, as well as Newbery Medals for Jacob Have I Loved and Bridge to Terabithia. Ms. Paterson lives with her husband in Vermont. They have four grown children.

From Our Editors

Feeling deprived all her life of schooling, friends, mother, and even her name by her twin sister, Louise finally begins to find her identity

Editorial Reviews

"A novel of special brilliance." (New York Times Book Review)

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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