A Sunburst Book
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

August 2003

$6.95 US

160p pb

ISBN: 978-0374400217

fp August 2003

followed by Minn and Jake's Almost Terrible Summer

Minn and Jake

Janet S. Wong

pictures by Genevieve Cote

from the book...

Fifth-grader Minn, the tallest girl in school, begins a rocky friendship with Jake, a new student who is not only very short, but is also afraid of the worms and lizards that Minn likes to collect.

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Fifth-grader Minn, the tallest, the oddest, the most piggytailed girl in the school has no real friends any more, and is feeling very alone. Jake is short and stubby, and is sure every one is looking at his spiky hair-cut.  He, the new boy, is feeling very alone too.  All it took was one look, and Minn and Jake became friends. Jake is not only very short, but he also has a fear of lizards and worms.  It just so happens that Minn’s favourite past-time is lizard catching! At school, Jake is bullied and teased.  Minn is too. 

Together Minn and Jake help each other overcome their problems and are soon almost inseparable. That is until a family crises forces Jake to return back to his home town, Los Angeles.

Minn and Jake is a funny and light-hearted story about two best friends. It is written by Janet S. Wong and illustrated by Genevieve Cote. I would recommend it to Years 5 to 7 as it gives a good insight as to what can happen at school. I felt I could really relate to this book because the issues in this book are very common in school. I really enjoyed reading this book as the author used great descriptive language and word pictures which help me to create pictures in my head. On a scale of 1 to 10 I would give this book 9.  I would greatly encourage any one who has not read this book to read it.  You’ll love it.

Bethany, Year 6, Canberra, Australia

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