Jake by Audrey CouloumbisJake by Audrey Couloumbis


byAudrey Couloumbis

Paperback | August 23, 2011

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"I'm old enough to stay home alone, you know."

Mom said, "Not a chance. Who's going to lug the loot ba—" and the locks on the door sprung open. I opened the door and unloaded the cart. It took five minutes, probably less.

"Mom?" I said, looking around when I'd finished. I didn't see her. "Mom?" I yelled. "Mom?"

It's a few days before Christmas when 10-year-old Jake's mom slips and breaks her leg. For as long as Jake can remember, it's just been him and his mom, so with no one else to look after him the hospital contacts the gruff granddad Jake only knows through awkward twice-a-year phone calls. When grandad shows up, he's nothing like Jake expected. But as Jake gets to know his grandfather and a makeshift family of friends and neighbors come together around him and his mom, he realizes that this might not be such a bad Christmas after all.

With beautiful spare writing that will appeal to fans of Because of Winn-Dixie and The Higher Power of Lucky, Newbery Honor—winning author Audrey Couloumbis tells a story as warm and welcome as a cup of hot chocolate on a cold day and shows that the best gift of all is the gift of family.
AUDREY COULOUMBIS's first book for children, Getting Near to Baby, won the Newbery Honor in 2000. Audrey is also the author of several other highly acclaimed books for young readers, including The Misadventures of Maude March (which was named a Book Sense 76 Pick, a New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing Selection, ...
Title:JakeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 7.69 × 5.25 × 0.38 inPublished:August 23, 2011Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0375856315

ISBN - 13:9780375856310

Appropriate for ages: 8 - 12


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Jake by Audrey Couloumbis Great book for grades three and up. This short but powerful story is told from the point of view of ten year old Jake. One a normal day shopping with his mom, Jake's world is turned upside down when his mom slips and falls on the ice. His dad was killed years ago in a bike accident, and suddenly Jake feels very alone. His cantankerous ex-marine Grandfather, who Jake rarely has contact with, comes to take care of Jake while his mom recovers. As the relationship with Jake's grandfather, his grandfather's dog and Jake's neighbor develops, this short story is chalk full of humor, insight and magical writing. One of my favorite books in a long time. Even older readers will enjoy this magical book.
Date published: 2017-10-08