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On Sale: June 24, 2009
Pages: 64 | ISBN: 978-0-307-55471-0
Published by : Yearling RH Childrens Books
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"Austin's visit to his grandmother's is the first since Grandpa died. Austin notices Grandpa's things but feels the emptiness of his absence. This spare story vividly captures the emotions of painful times and shows how they ease with sharing and remembering. Boy and grandfather were close, but boy and grandmother seem destined to be just as close, with Grandpa's memory to bind them. Poignant and perceptive, this has impressive resonance, and readers won't easily shed its warm afterglow."--(starred) Booklist.  
Mavis Jukes

About Mavis Jukes

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“Writing is like dreaming; it allows your unconscious to reveal itself. It’s like looking in the mirror. Write from your own experience. You may feel that your life is nothing special, but remember this: only one of you will ever walk the Earth—ever—and how you perceive the world is unique and important. Find your voice; it’s in your heart. Tell the truth.”—Mavis Jukes

Mavis Jukes’s Like Jake and Me is a Newbery Honor Book.


Mavis Jukes was born in Nyack, New York, and grew up in New York City; Princeton, New Jersey; and Berkeley, California. She attended the University of Colorado, where she studied art; the University of California, where she studied education; and Golden Gate University, where she studied law. She is a member of the California Bar Association and has volunteered as a juvenile defense attorney.

Jukes was an elementary school teacher and an art specialist in the late 1960s and early 1970s and recently returned to public education. She writes books for children and young adults and teaches leadership, writing, drawing, and human interactions. She lives in the country in Northern California with her husband, artist Robert Hudson, and two teenage daughters. She has written many books for children, including Expecting the Unexpected, It’s a Girl Thing, Blackberries in the Dark, I’ll See You in My Dreams, It’s a Guy Thing, and Like Jake and Me, for which she won a Newbery Honor.



Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret meets the ’90s. Twelve-year-old River is learning a lot in her human interactions class. . . . Writing in a breezy Paula Danziger-like style, Jukes leads readers on a lively chase.”—Booklist

“Jukes treats sensitive subjects in an innovative way. . . Family dynamics at the end of the story are poignant and perceptive while still humorously handled. Jukes is terrific at capturing adolescent concerns and really shines in portraying characters and relationships.”—School Library Journal

“The book is occasionally hilarious, thick with teenspeak and one-liners about everything from PMS to ‘Wedgie Hell!’”—Kirkus Reviews

“Young readers will be surprised by the concluding twist and will be entertained by the middle-school slang-code dialogue.”—The Bulletin

“Full of broad humor and not-so-subtle ironies. . . . The characterizations . . . are fresh and vivid. [Jukes is] well attuned to pre-adolescent concerns and attitudes about puberty.”—Publishers Weekly
Praise | Awards


“Poignant and perceptive.”
Booklist, Starred

“A sensitive, touching story.”
School Library Journal, Starred

From the Hardcover edition.


WINNER 1985 Booklist Books for Youth Editors' Choice
WINNER 1985 School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
WINNER 1987 Arkansas Charlie May Simon Children's Book Award
NOMINEE 1988 Illinois Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award
WINNER 1987 Kentucky Bluegrass Award
WINNER 1987 Kansas William Allen White Children's Book Award

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