My Jasper June
My Jasper June

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Annotation: Feeling lost during a blazing Atlanta summer a year after a devastating incident, Leah bonds with a mysterious girl harboring her own losses, before their friendship is tested by the realities of their home lives.
Catalog Number: #190442
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: HarperCollins
Copyright Date: 2019
Edition Date: 2019
Pages: 291 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-06-283662-5 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-5759-5
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-06-283662-5 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-5759-1
Dewey: Fic
Dimensions: 21 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Leah, 13, is not looking forward to summer. Ever since her brother drowned, she hasn't had much enthusiasm for anything. Her parents are distant in their grieving, and Leah herself has wandered away from her friends, since she feels like no one can understand her. So she's especially surprised when she meets an interesting and outgoing girl named Jasper while she's out wandering the countryside by her home. Jasper is everything Leah currently is not venturous and willing to take risks d soon the girls enter into a sudden friendship and Jasper helps Leah confront her grief. However, Jasper's life is not as sunny as it seems. She is hiding her own dark secrets e's run away from an abusive home and is living in an abandoned house. Will Leah be able to offer her new friend the same support and protection Jasper offered her or will she betray Jasper's secrets and ruin their friendship? Leah's first-person narrative acutely gets at the varied, sometimes volatile experience of grief, and tweens who like emotionally raw storytelling will likely be hooked.
Kirkus Reviews
Instead of having a grand time at camp, Leah's wandering aimlessly this hot Atlanta summer, overwhelmed by complicated grief.Leah, a white Jewish 13-year-old, has been going through the motions of friendship this past year. Ever since her kid brother drowned last summer, she's been drifting through the world like a ghost, with no help from her equally broken parents. With all her friends off enjoying their summer plans, Leah first enjoys the depressive nothingness of a plan-free vacation but is eventually driven out of the house by boredom. And it's then, on an overgrown farm hidden near her wealthy corner of the city, that she first meets Jasper, who's 14. Jasper, an almost magical-seeming white redhead who does her laundry in the creek, evokes fairy tales for Leah. In the overgrown cottage where Jasper lives alone, Leah feels like she's in the Vine Realm, having the kind of adventure "every kid fantasizes about." But Jasper is on the run from a terrible home situation, and while she treasures her friendship with Leah, she still wants Leah to remember that she is homeless: "We aren't playing Narnia or Hogwarts." It takes Leah a long time to understand that the fantastical beauty she sees in Jasper's overgrown encampment is really a desperate reality, but thanks to Snyder's careful symbolism and meticulous tracking of class markers, children will see it before she does.With echoes of Bridge to Terabithia, a nuanced exploration of the tension between enchantment and reality. (Fiction. 10-12)
Publishers Weekly
Leah Davidson, 13, lives in a tight-knit Atlanta neighborhood--one big family,- neighbors call it. But ever since last summer, when her brother Sam drowned, Leah-s parents have become ghostlike, and the closeness she once felt with her family and best friends has disappeared. Now, facing a long and lonely summer at home, Leah is immediately intrigued by the red-headed girl she meets while wandering through a nearby farm. Jasper is gregarious, adventurous, and possessing emotional intelligence beyond her age, qualities that help Leah to shed her grief and guilt. But as Leah learns that Jasper has a past she wants to leave behind as well, she grapples with how to protect her friend while keeping her secrets. Snyder tackles heavy topics (death and grief, abuse and homelessness) straightforwardly in this coming-of-age story. Her adept characterization of Jasper, whose hope and sincerity are palpable, offers buoyancy, and the joyful, almost ethereal friendship the two girls form is refreshingly and intensely honest. Snyder maintains a languid, unhurried pace that evokes the lazy days of summer and crescendos in a meaningful, bittersweet ending. A candid story about two teens who find solace and strength in each other. Ages 8-12. Agent: Tina Dubois, ICM Partners. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
Gr 47 -Leah has spent the last year lost and alone, drifting along but not engaging with her friends or the rest of the world. Now that school is out for the summer she is not sure what to do with her time. Most of her friends are gone, her parents are more like ghosts, and she doesn't seem to know how to fill the void that has been left in her life by the tragedy of last summer. All that changes one afternoon when she unexpectedly meets a girl named Jasper at a farm on the edge of her Atlanta suburb. When Leah is with Jasper, she forgets her sadness and remembers what it's like to have a friendit's like magic. While Jasper seems to exude happiness, Leah soon realizes that Jasper's life is not easy and that she has family struggles of her own. Leah and Jasper carve out their own hidden place at the farm, where it seems nothing can touch them, but soon their real-life struggles start creeping back in. Before long Leah discovers that she must choose between keeping Jasper's secrets and sacrificing their friendship to keep her safe. VERDICT A beautiful story about the healing powers of friendship in the face of tragedy and hardship, this is a must-buy for juvenile fiction collections. -Jayna Ramsey, Douglas County Libraries in Parker, CO
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Word Count: 66,384
Reading Level: 4.0
Interest Level: 4-7
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.0 / points: 9.0 / quiz: 503908 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:3.4 / points:15.0 / quiz:Q77413
Lexile: 610L

"This book is a treasure--a touching story of friendship, loss, and finding beauty in the everyday, with characters who stay with you long after you've turned the final page. I absolutely loved it."--R. J. Palacio, New York Times bestselling author of Wonder Laurel Snyder, author of Orphan Island, returns with another unforgettable story of the moments in which we find out who we are, and the life-altering friendships that show us what we can be. The school year is over, and it is summer in Atlanta. The sky is blue, the sun is blazing, and the days brim with possibility. But Leah feels. . . lost. She has been this way since one terrible afternoon a year ago, when everything changed. Since that day, her parents have become distant, her friends have fallen away, and Leah's been adrift and alone. Then she meets Jasper, a girl unlike anyone she has ever known. There's something mysterious about Jasper, almost magical. And Jasper, Leah discovers, is also lost. Together, the two girls carve out a place for themselves, a hideaway in the overgrown spaces of Atlanta, away from their parents and their hardships, somewhere only they can find. But as the days of this magical June start to draw to a close, and the darker realities of their lives intrude once more, Leah and Jasper have to decide how real their friendship is, and whether it can be enough to save them both.

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