The Graduation of Jake Moon by Fred Savage
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HOW CAN YOU LOVE SOMEONE AND RESENT HIM AT THE SAME TIME? Jake Moon used to love the time he spent with his grandfather, Skelly, but that was before Skelly got Alzheimer's disease. All of a sudden, it's as if Skelly is the kid, and Jake has to be the grown-up. Much of Skelly's care becomes Jake's responsibility, and that doesn't leave much time for a life of his own. Then, one day Jake rebels, and the unthinkable happens. Has Jake discovered too late how much his grandfather still means to him?

 

About Fred Savage

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Barbara Park ( born Barbara Lynne Tidswell on April 21, 1947) spent her first two years of college at Rider University in New Jersey and earned her B. S. degree from the University of Alabama. She began writing children's books after she had children of her own, since 1981, the first of which was called "Operation: Dump the Chump." It was not her first book to be published though, that honor went to "Don't Make Me Smile." Park is best known for her Junie B. Jones series which was first published in 1992. Since then, at least two new Junie B. books have been written a year. Park also writes books for older children, such as The Kid in the Red Jacket, which deal with more in-depth issues. She has won seven Children's Choice Awards, and four Parents' Choice Awards.
 
Published January 1, 2000 by Perfection Learning. 128 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Fiction

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worse than the one before it,” which Jake thinks of as “(1) sad, (2) sadder, and (3) the saddest thing you’ve ever seen.” The book chronicles not only Skelly’s deterioration, but also the effect it has on Jake and his relationships with other family members and friends.

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PW gave a starred review to this "memorable" novel narrated by an eighth-grader whose beloved grandfather has Alzheimer's disease. Ages 9-12. (June)

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Since his infancy, Jake and his single mother have lived with big-hearted Skelly, who ""had a way of believing in you, that made you want to believe in yourself."" Never maudlin, even infusing sturdy humor into some of his sad observations, Jake poignantly describes Skelly's gradual debilitation ...

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PW gave a starred review to this "memorable" novel narrated by an eighth-grader whose beloved grandfather has Alzheimer's disease.

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