Minn and Jake's Almost Terrible Summer by Janet S. Wong

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There are a few things / about your best friend
that you can only learn / when you see where he’s from.

Minn knew / that Jake was from the city.
But she didn’t know / that his grandmother was Korean.
That he liked taking bubble baths. / That his brother, Soup,
might be an eating champion. / That Jake was a cheater,
and that he had a . . . / girlfriend?!

There are some things / about your best friend
that it’s better
not / to know.

Bouncing free verse and playful black-and-white illustrations combine to make this a charming follow-up to Minn and Jake.  Minn and Jake's Almost Terrible Summer is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

 

About Janet S. Wong

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JANET S. WONG and GENEVIÈVE CÔTÉ collaborated on Minn and Jake, a Bulletin Blue Ribbon Book (see page 45). Ms. Wong lives in Hopewell, New Jersey. Ms. Côté lives in Montreal, Quebec.
 
Published August 5, 2008 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 112 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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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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