Jake and Lily by Jerry Spinelli

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Jake and Lily’s tale of goombla and goobers expands well beyond twinship to embrace single-birthers...
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Beloved Newbery Medalist Jerry Spinelli, author of Maniac Magee and Wringer, addresses issues of identity, belonging, family, and bullying in this humorous and heartfelt novel about twins. 

Jake and Lily are twins. Despite their slightly different interests and temperaments, they feel exactly the same—like two halves of one person. But the year they turn eleven, everything changes. Their parents announce it’s time for separate bedrooms. Jake starts hanging out with a pack of boys on the block. And Lily is devastated, not to mention angry. Who is she without Jake? And as her brother falls under the influence of the neighborhood bully, he also must ask himself—who is the real Jake?

This is an often funny, poignant, and profound story of growing up, growing apart, and the difficult process of figuring out who you really are.

 

About Jerry Spinelli

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Jerry Spinelli won the Newbery Medal in 1991 for Maniac Magee, one of his more than 25 acclaimed books for young readers. He now lives in West Chester, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Eileen Spinelli, who is also an author of children's books.
 
Published May 8, 2012 by Balzer + Bray. 357 pages
Genres: Children's Books.
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Reviewed by Richard Peck on Jun 01 2012

Jake and Lily’s tale of goombla and goobers expands well beyond twinship to embrace single-birthers...

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