Minn and Jake by Janet S. Wong

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A surprising friendship

Do you ever feel like you’ve somehow lost your true best friend? Minn feels this way. So does Jake. But Minn and Jake have no intention of being friends. Minn’s a string bean. Jake’s a shrimp. Minn’s a girl. Jake’s a boy. And in fifth grade, who wants a best friend of the opposite sex? But Minn and Jake are forced together by circumstances, which only strengthen their resistance . . . until Minn takes Jake lizard hunting. There are lots of good ways to choose a friend.

This enchanting free-verse novel, accompanied by expressive, humorous black-and-white drawings, proves that sometimes friendship just happens.
 

About Janet S. Wong

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Janet S. Wong is the author of many poetry collections and acclaimed picture books, including This Next New Year. She lives in Medina, Washington. Geneviève Côté has illustrated several books for children. She lives in Montreal, Quebec.
 
Published September 2, 2008 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 160 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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This summer Jake has opted to go with his mother and little brother to visit his Korean grandmother in his old neighborhood in Los Angeles, thus exempting himself from tightly scheduled camps and lessons.

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Tall Minn and small Jake are the Mutt and Jeff of fifth grade.

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This summer Jake has opted to go with his mother and little brother to visit his Korean grandmother in his old neighborhood in Los Angeles, thus exempting himself from tightly scheduled camps and lessons.

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As the two protagonists struggle to make friends, Minn tries to teach the cowardly Jake to catch lizards, while Jake shows Minn how to make a fast buck.

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School Library Journal

Make the mistake of asking me and I’ll gladly talk your ear off about the state of current children’s literature and the sad deficeit of early chapter books published for 2nd-4th graders today.

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