Just Like Jackie

Just Like Jackie

Lindsey Stoddard / Jul 22, 2019

Just Like Jackie Family is family no matter what it looks like Readers will cheer for this pitch perfect story just right for fans of such books as The Great Gilly Hopkins and Fish in a Tree For as long as Robinson

  • Title: Just Like Jackie
  • Author: Lindsey Stoddard
  • ISBN: 0062652923
  • Page: 256
  • Format: Paperback
  • Family is family, no matter what it looks like Readers will cheer for this pitch perfect story, just right for fans of such books as The Great Gilly Hopkins and Fish in a Tree.For as long as Robinson Hart can remember, it s just been her and Grandpa He taught her about cars, baseball, and everything else worth knowing But Grandpa s memory has been getting bad so bad tha Family is family, no matter what it looks like Readers will cheer for this pitch perfect story, just right for fans of such books as The Great Gilly Hopkins and Fish in a Tree.For as long as Robinson Hart can remember, it s just been her and Grandpa He taught her about cars, baseball, and everything else worth knowing But Grandpa s memory has been getting bad so bad that he sometimes can t even remember Robbie s name.She s sure that she s making things worse by getting in trouble at school, but she can t resist using her fists when bullies like Alex Carter make fun of her for not having a mom.Now she s stuck in group guidance and to make things even worse, Alex Carter is there too There s no way Robbie s going to open up about her life to some therapy group, especially not with Alex in the room Besides, if she told anyone how forgetful Grandpa s been getting lately, they d take her away from him He s the only family she has and it s up to her to keep them together, no matter what.Praise for Just Like Jackie I was truly moved by this refreshing story about a scrappy young heroine and her struggle to protect her family Sara Pennypacker, New York Times bestselling author of Pax Just Like Jackie is a lovely story of acceptance about what makes a family and how we make our own families, and about embracing our differences Ann M Martin, New York Times bestselling author of Rain Reign A fresh coming of age novel as feisty, funny, and forthright as its protagonist Robinson overcomes obstacles with wit, grit, and a growing compassion for others, showing us that families are what we make them and happiness is found in the simple gifts we take for granted A rich, rewarding read all around John David Anderson, author of Ms Bixby s Last Day As close to perfect as a book for middle grade children can get Cammie McGovern, author of Just My Luck Stoddard debuts with a quiet but powerful narrative that gently unpacks Alzheimer s, centers mental health, and moves through the intimate and intense emotional landscape of family what seems to break one and what can remake it Validating, heart rending, and a deft blend of suffering and inspiration Kirkus Reviews starred review A home run story that will resonate with all who feel they might not fit into the perfect definition of a family School Library Journal Debut author Stoddard crafts a winning narrator in Robinson A beautiful story about the true meaning of family, perfect for fans of Lynda Mullaly Hunt Booklist Get A Copy Kindle Store Online StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Paperback, 272 pages Published December 31st 2018 by HarperCollins first published January 2nd 2018 More Details ISBN 0062652923 ISBN13 9780062652928 Other Editions 4 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Win a Copy of This Book Just Like Jackie by Lindsey Stoddard Author Release date Dec 31, 2018 Enter for the chance to win a paperback copy of JUST LIKE JACKIE, the heartfelt debut by Lindsey Stoddard about a tough girl with a fragile heart who Enter for the chance to win a paperback copy of JUST LIKE JACKIE, the heartfelt debut by Lindsey Stoddard about a tough girl with a fragile heart who tries her best to care for her aging grandfather perfect for fans of Ann M Martin, Lynda Mullaly Hunt, and Lisa Graff Enter Giveaway Format Print book

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cry, and relate to this wonderful gimps into the life of a struggling girl named Robinson aka Robbie She doesn t have the best of tempers and when resident bully Alex doesn t leave her alone she punches him in the nose Little did she know that this would be the start of when everything changes Follow her through her struggles as she finds out that not everyone ha This is a amazing book targeted for 8 to 12 year old s and I would have loved this as a child As a adult i simple ADORE it Laugh, cry, and relate to this wonderful gimps into the life of a struggling girl named Robinson aka Robbie She doesn t have the best of tempers and when resident bully Alex doesn t leave her alone she punches him in the nose Little did she know that this would be the start of when everything changes Follow her through her struggles as she finds out that not everyone has a perfect family, or a big one either, but family can be what you make it not just what you have.I truly hope you pick up this book no matter what your age because it is truly a beautifully done story and a great lesson for younger children about life not always being what you assume or see flag 7 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jan 08, 2018 Scott Moore rated it it was amazing review of another edition This beautiful story and powerful protagonist definitely made me tear up at least twice The novel seamlessly weaves into its Vermont embedded narrative considerations of family and what that means , race, gender, Alzheimer s, and all through the lens of an inspiring fifth grader and her life with her grandpa flag 5 likesLike see review Oct 25, 2018 Kari rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves read in 2018 Probably 3.5 stars I liked this but did not love it I think one of my main reservations is baseball as a theme I can think of one student who is into baseball and yet it continues to be a predominant theme in children s literature As for the book itself, there was a lot to appreciate even if it didn t totally win me over flag 5 likesLike see review Jan 05, 2019 DaNae rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 150 2019, 18 new, 18 favorite, grade 5 reading list, disability, diverse, family stories, grandparent, sick lit, realistic fiction Fierceness and compassion move this story It can feel rare in children s lit, that educational and mental health professionals are shown to be competent and doing what is best for the situation Often when a story needs a heavy, poor teaching or bad counseling stand as a foil I appreciated that in this book everyone around Robbie is supportive, without solving her problems for her flag 4 likesLike see review Feb 21, 2018 Jordan Henrichs rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves favorites I went away to college at about the same time my grandfather went away to a facility that could care for him and his Alzheimer s Visits with him were rough In fact, I only visited him one time because instead of his grandson, he thought I was some buddy from the war he had been stationed with It was one of the most awkward, saddest conversations I ve ever been a part of I had lost my grandpa for good even though he was physically sitting right next to me on a bench, patting my leg.What a boo I went away to college at about the same time my grandfather went away to a facility that could care for him and his Alzheimer s Visits with him were rough In fact, I only visited him one time because instead of his grandson, he thought I was some buddy from the war he had been stationed with It was one of the most awkward, saddest conversations I ve ever been a part of I had lost my grandpa for good even though he was physically sitting right next to me on a bench, patting my leg.What a book, Just Like Jackie is So many raw, tender moments mixed with gut punching devestating ones Robbie s voice is so true and reads exactly like a girl in her situation This sounds like a real kid, with real struggles Robbie struggles to control her temper, and struggles with taking care of her grandfather, and struggles with not knowing anything about where she comes from Her relationships with teachers like Ms Gloria, and adults like Harold, and kids like Derek and Alex, are so fantasically portrayed I think Stoddard has taken great care in writing about Alzheimer s and how it would impact this unique family situation.Speaking of writing, Stoddard s style is top notch For a debut author, she really sticks to her guns and doesn t try to do too much with the text The style and voice here is reminiscient of Jenni Holm s May Amelia and Turtle in Paradise Robbie s narative is filled with awesome similies and metaphors that ring true to her character and interests She loves baseball, working on cars, and collecting sap from trees to make syrup This is her world and it s evident in the way she thinks through problems and relates to situations They aren t crammed into the story in a writerly way They are authentic to Robbie s voice I don t know what my core is made of except maybe Grandpa s one quarter, but it s not all syrupy sweet, that s for sure It s not like the center of a perfect sugar maple It s tight like a knotted piece of firewood, gnarled and hard to chop through I want to tell Harold about how Grandpa wandered away Friday night and almost got lost up in the woods And how I think Grandpa s check engine light is on and I don t know how to figure out what s wrong But I hope it s something as easy as a missing gap cap And that we can get a new one, on the house, and drive off all fixed I want to laugh and point and say Who s tough now but all I can do is stare because it s like watching a high class, fully loaded BMW break down literally right in front of you Lost brakes, locked steering wheel, wild swerving, and flat tires on wobbly rims It s pathetic I can t say enough about this book It hit me Hard But aside from my own personal reaction to the subject matter, the writing is strong and the story is great I hope this finds a lot of readers Robinson Hart is one of a kind flag 4 likesLike see review View 1 comment Dec 07, 2017 Tina rated it it was amazing review of another edition This debut novel is simply beautiful Robinson is learning about what makes a family and how sometimes you get a family and sometimes you make a family, all while trying to help her grandpa who has been forgetting things a lot She s trying to navigate school, friends and other kids who also have hard things going on in their lives The characters in this book ars all so likeable The relationship between Robison and her grandpa is sweet and tender The other adults in her life are kind and supp This debut novel is simply beautiful Robinson is learning about what makes a family and how sometimes you get a family and sometimes you make a family, all while trying to help her grandpa who has been forgetting things a lot She s trying to navigate school, friends and other kids who also have hard things going on in their lives The characters in this book ars all so likeable The relationship between Robison and her grandpa is sweet and tender The other adults in her life are kind and supportive and she learns that she can count them to help her As an elementary school librarian this book is going to be one of the first I purchase this year I suspect it wont stay on the shelf long flag 4 likesLike see review Mar 23, 2018 Laney Nielson rated it it was amazing review of another edition A deeply moving, beautifully told story of a girl and her grandfather Perfection flag 4 likesLike see review Apr 04, 2018 Ann rated it it was amazing review of another edition This book is so important I ll be recommending it to all of my middle grade readers flag 4 likesLike see review Jun 09, 2018 Patrick rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 2018 middle grade novels A girl, a grandfather, Alzheimer s, anger, friendship, support, mechanic shop This story has it all Beautifully told flag 3 likesLike see review Mar 05, 2018 Sarah rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves children s school age Set in rural Vermont, Just Like Jackie is about a young girl s connection with her grandfather Robinson is all tomboy I don t know if that term is even considered politically correct any given the current social climate but Robbie harkens back to characters such as Jo March and Scout Finch Fists flying, sports loving, dress hating girls Archaic as the term may be, it is the best way I can describe this spark plug Robinson has never known either of her parents her father was never in th Set in rural Vermont, Just Like Jackie is about a young girl s connection with her grandfather Robinson is all tomboy I don t know if that term is even considered politically correct any given the current social climate but Robbie harkens back to characters such as Jo March and Scout Finch Fists flying, sports loving, dress hating girls Archaic as the term may be, it is the best way I can describe this spark plug Robinson has never known either of her parents her father was never in the picture and her mother died just days after giving her birth Raised by her grandfather, she learns the tools of his auto mechanic trade, how to extract and harvest maple from the trees on their property, and the career of her namesake, baseball s great Jackie Robinson.But Robbie s grandfather s memory is fading She attempts to protect his condition from questioning adults for fear she may betaken from him As his behavior becomes increasingly alarming, her tough exterior begins to crack Letting in friends and allowing others to help is terrifying but this novel demonstrates that it can also be extremely rewarding flag 3 likesLike see review Oct 08, 2018 Katrina rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 0 kindle, children, middle grade, mental illness, aging, winter Well written, well developed characters It doesn t feel like an issue book because it s all handled in an organic and story based way One of the things I like best about it even though this is of a didactic plus, I suppose, than a literary one is that it s really good at modeling She s dealing with a lot and wants to deal with it on her own, but she s surrounded by adults who care about her and want to help and who actually do help If I were a kid, I think I d feel a lot better abou Well written, well developed characters It doesn t feel like an issue book because it s all handled in an organic and story based way One of the things I like best about it even though this is of a didactic plus, I suppose, than a literary one is that it s really good at modeling She s dealing with a lot and wants to deal with it on her own, but she s surrounded by adults who care about her and want to help and who actually do help If I were a kid, I think I d feel a lot better about asking my guidance counselor for help after reading this book I also liked learning about the various things Robbie knew how to do I now feel like I know how to change the oil on a car and harvest sap for maple syrup I find that very satisfying in books, and particularly enjoyed that as a kid That s one of the things I loved the most about The Boxcar Children they got to be competent at practical things I d never be allowed to do flag 3 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jan 18, 2018 JoEllen rated it it was amazing review of another edition Loved LindseyStoddard s debut a MG heartprintbook You should hold close the people who push you to be the best version of yourself Fell in love with the characters and the story Tissues required Grandpa and Robbie will remain with you Loved LindseyStoddard s debut a MG heartprintbook You should hold close the people who push you to be the best version of yourself Fell in love with the characters and the story Tissues required Grandpa and Robbie will remain with you flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 28, 2018 Czechgirl rated it really liked it review of another edition Loved this book It grabs you right away on page 1 I know my students will love this book flag 3 likesLike see review Jul 15, 2018 Jenni Frencham rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves lgbtqia lit, middle grade, death and dying, contemporary Stoddard, Lindsey Just Like Jackie HarperCollins, 2018.Robinson lives with her grandfather in Vermont She loves helping him in his auto shop after school, tapping maple trees with him to make maple syrup, and being the one to squeeze the cheese sauce into the mac n cheese She s his right hand man But Grandpa has been forgetting things and mixing up his words a lot Robinson isn t sure what to do She thinks she can take care of her grandfather, but who will take care of Robinson This book i Stoddard, Lindsey Just Like Jackie HarperCollins, 2018.Robinson lives with her grandfather in Vermont She loves helping him in his auto shop after school, tapping maple trees with him to make maple syrup, and being the one to squeeze the cheese sauce into the mac n cheese She s his right hand man But Grandpa has been forgetting things and mixing up his words a lot Robinson isn t sure what to do She thinks she can take care of her grandfather, but who will take care of Robinson This book is beautiful and sweet and everything that you could want from a middle grade book Robinson gets in trouble at school because she fights back when she s bullied, but when she and her tormentor are placed in a group together by the guidance counselor, she sees that there s beneath the surface Harold, who is Grandpa s assistant at the auto shop, is at home with his husband and their new baby, so Grandpa is left to run the auto shop alone when Robinson is in school Grandpa is African American, but Robinson is biracial and very light skinned, so they get a lot of raised eyebrows when they go out into the world There is a satisfying, nearly Disney esque happy ending to the story, and the scary bits aren t too scary for middle grade readers Recommended.Recommended for middle gradeRed Flags a few instances of bullying Robinson and her fellow groupmates say effing a couple of times along with other mild swears like crap and suck Overall Rating 4 5 starsRead Alikes The Someday Birds, The Benefits of Being an Octopus, Fish in a Tree flag 2 likesLike see review Nov 14, 2017 Ms Yingling rated it liked it review of another edition E ARC from Edelweiss Above the TreelineRobinson lives with her grandfather Charlie in a small town in Vermont It s always been just the two of them One boy at school, Alex, gives her a hard time, never calling her the name that she wants to be called never Robin, sometimes Robbie and making fun of the fact that she looks very little like her African American grandfather After she hits Alex yet again, she gets sent to group counseling, which Alex attends as well Many of the children in the E ARC from Edelweiss Above the TreelineRobinson lives with her grandfather Charlie in a small town in Vermont It s always been just the two of them One boy at school, Alex, gives her a hard time, never calling her the name that she wants to be called never Robin, sometimes Robbie and making fun of the fact that she looks very little like her African American grandfather After she hits Alex yet again, she gets sent to group counseling, which Alex attends as well Many of the children in the group are not happy about the latest school assignment, a family tree, because they don t have a lot of information about their families, or are dealing with serious family issues such as divorce or illness Robbie is dealing with Charlie s worsening dementia He runs the local car repair business, and luckily has a good assistant, Harold, to watch out for him Harold, however, is very busy with the new baby daughter than he and his partner Paul have adopted, so Robbie tries to cover her grandfather s condition up as best she can When she can no longer do this, she finally gets the help she needs Strengths This was a quick and oddly compelling read So many students have family tree type assignments, and they always worry me for the very reasons mentioned in the story It is interesting that Robbie and her grandfather don t look alike, and the back stories about the grandmother and mother ring true This had a Patricia MacLachlan feel to it, with a touch of Miracles on Maple Hill Weaknesses The idea that Robbie would be stoic and calm like her namesake, Jackie Robinson, was an interesting one, but didn t get developed as much as it could have been What I really think A sad book, but at least a hopeful one I will probably purchase a copy flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 02, 2018 Cassie Thomas rated it it was amazing review of another edition I haven t read a book that felt so much like my real childhood since Wish last year I felt so close to Robbie who is being raised by her Grandpa Charlie Robbie holds a lot of anger, especially when their teacher assigns a family tree project and the only person she has in her family is her Grandpa, or so she thinks This story is one of realizing that just because you don t have the American Dream family, doesn t mean friends don t become family and that those who raise you aren t parents wh I haven t read a book that felt so much like my real childhood since Wish last year I felt so close to Robbie who is being raised by her Grandpa Charlie Robbie holds a lot of anger, especially when their teacher assigns a family tree project and the only person she has in her family is her Grandpa, or so she thinks This story is one of realizing that just because you don t have the American Dream family, doesn t mean friends don t become family and that those who raise you aren t parents when they are A definite heart print book that will stay with me forever It s out now, buy for your classroom BookVoyage flag 2 likesLike see review Feb 08, 2018 Debbie Ladd rated it it was amazing review of another edition This book is a MUST read for teachers, families, librarians, and anyone who cares about children Robinson, named for Jackie Robinson, lives in Vermont with her grandfather, her only family member as far as she knows She works through lots of challenges with the help of a guidance counselor at school, along with some of her peers I could not put this book down, such a strong first novel Well done, Lindsey Stoddard You have captured the actions and emotions of a young adolescent flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 19, 2019 R G Nairam rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves mental health Great voice, but some plot elements and character developments felt a little exposed like I could see the author working behind the scenes Also a bit weird just in my 2019 Newbery contender reading that this book is ALSO set in Vermont Small Spaces and ALSO includes group therapy Harbor Me flag 2 likesLike see review Oct 12, 2018 Laura Harrison rated it liked it review of another edition Great concept and I really enjoyed the first few chapters But there is a lot that isn t plausible and hard to ignore Maybe I will pick it up another day I have a good idea on how Just Like Jackie ends flag 2 likesLike see review Feb 11, 2018 Christy Kingham rated it it was amazing review of another edition I have been in a reading rut lately, but I mback after stepping in to Robbie s world A stunning text Teachers, parents, lovers of plain old beautiful storiesthis is a book for all of us, and certainly a classroom library must flag 2 likesLike see review Sep 19, 2018 Debra rated it it was amazing review of another edition This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here My reading passion is for middle grade level books that so clearly connect to their readers Middle school years are emotional roller coasters and our students and children need to see characters in the same situations learning how to handle fear, pain, grief, and continuing with and despite them This book hits a home run with issues Family issues of divorce, Altzheimer s, racism, Cancer, and so much at the heart of this story, yet nothing is forced or out of place Just like Jackie is a My reading passion is for middle grade level books that so clearly connect to their readers Middle school years are emotional roller coasters and our students and children need to see characters in the same situations learning how to handle fear, pain, grief, and continuing with and despite them This book hits a home run with issues Family issues of divorce, Altzheimer s, racism, Cancer, and so much at the heart of this story, yet nothing is forced or out of place Just like Jackie is about a young girl who lives with her grandfather, loves working in the garage he owns with his best friend, Harold Harold s family is growing as he awaits the birth of his daughter Robinson, the main character, fears her family is falling apart when she is not able to be with her grandfather and she sees his memory is failing Her frustrations result in bad choices in school with other students, but most of those choices stem from her trying to protect others In a school group formed by a social worker, Robinson learns that many children exhibit behaviors that stem from real life pain and fear that we are struggling to handle The group allows the bully and the victim to recognize there is to the story than they ever knew and to learn ways to communicate when frustrated which allows them to open themselves up for the chance to make different behavior choices and to recognize that anger stemming from pain or certain loss of loved ones is a reason to slow down, breathe, and support each other The tapping of the maple trees is such a fabulous image for the reader to connect the strength of family and the recognition that we all have strength and love in our hearts that are yearning for connection The sap of the trees and the boiling of the sap into syrup is the sweetness of sharing our love, laughter, and learning with one another Tossing in a family tree project at school allowed for the story lines to intermingle like tree roots and create a safe setting for the communication that allowed all of the children involved to recognize that they have in common than they ever knew and that there may be other ways to handle the boiling over of the sap on the fire than reaching out with our bare hands which will most certainly burn We all want people to support us, to work with us, and to be our strength when we are weak flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 02, 2018 Chelsey rated it it was amazing review of another edition Just really sweet and well written I would want this on the Newbery Honor list flag 2 likesLike see review Jun 30, 2018 Cara rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves nkyclear, booktalks, middle grade Stoddard s debut novel displays an amazing amount of skill in drawing characters and relationships, with a narrative rich in metaphors and difficult topics that are handled with grace Car, tree, and baseball analogies weave throughout the narrative, giving insight into how Jackie views the world Her voice, rough and abrasive, is immediately evident in the narrative, reflective of her anger and tomboy nature Readers will feel the fury radiating off of Jackie from the first scene and will slowl Stoddard s debut novel displays an amazing amount of skill in drawing characters and relationships, with a narrative rich in metaphors and difficult topics that are handled with grace Car, tree, and baseball analogies weave throughout the narrative, giving insight into how Jackie views the world Her voice, rough and abrasive, is immediately evident in the narrative, reflective of her anger and tomboy nature Readers will feel the fury radiating off of Jackie from the first scene and will slowly discover its sources while also watching her grow, finding ways to cope with her anger and struggles at home and learning to relate to her classmates This inspiring novel will provide hope to readers who are struggling with relationships or home life issues, but all readers can benefit from the messages that the novel presents everyone is struggling with something in their lives, we are not so different from each other, and we can do a lot to support and learn from each other This stand out novel belongs in every collection and can be read and enjoyed by a wide variety of readers but especially those in grades 4 6 flag 2 likesLike see review Jun 25, 2018 Julzz1 rated it it was amazing review of another edition Snowy Vermont with it s maple syrup is a delicious setting of Robinson s story I found myself rooting for Robinson as she fought to find peace with her family tree I couldn t put the book down Good read flag 2 likesLike see review View 1 comment Feb 12, 2018 The Reading Countess rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves middle grade, realistic fiction I loved Robinson from page one I loved her blind devotion to those whom she holds dear hint not many she shoves people away , her stubbornness, her colorful use of words when pushed to the tipping pointJust Like Jackie has it all strong make figure enter Grandpa, with than a failing memory serving as the sole caretaker of said plucky heroine Mixed in for good measure is some Vermont love via going mapling, a bully with a family secret and group therapy and you ve got yourself a book I loved Robinson from page one I loved her blind devotion to those whom she holds dear hint not many she shoves people away , her stubbornness, her colorful use of words when pushed to the tipping pointJust Like Jackie has it all strong make figure enter Grandpa, with than a failing memory serving as the sole caretaker of said plucky heroine Mixed in for good measure is some Vermont love via going mapling, a bully with a family secret and group therapy and you ve got yourself a book hard to put down And that s exactly how I found myself this weekend I couldn t put this one down until I found out what would happen to Robinson Highly recommended flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 04, 2018 Kelly Hager added it review of another edition Ooof, this book It reminds me quite a bit of The Great Gilly Hopkins one of my favorite books as a child in that a Robinson has all this yearning for a family she knows nothing about and b she is so completely full of anger This offers some coping mechanisms for children who may have similar anger problems, but it also shows compassion for the other characters and explains why bullies can be that why, as well as that sometimes people are just insensitive and not actively mean.I loved thi Ooof, this book It reminds me quite a bit of The Great Gilly Hopkins one of my favorite books as a child in that a Robinson has all this yearning for a family she knows nothing about and b she is so completely full of anger This offers some coping mechanisms for children who may have similar anger problems, but it also shows compassion for the other characters and explains why bullies can be that why, as well as that sometimes people are just insensitive and not actively mean.I loved this book and cannot wait to read from Lindsey Stoddard Recommended flag 2 likesLike see review Sep 28, 2018 Sandy Brehl rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves adult, body image, bullying, communities, concepts, curiosity, dealing with death, differences, diversity, divorce An unforgettable character in a truly unique story Robinson is one tough cookie who rejects anything except her inner mission to protect her Grandpa her Only family and prevent ones from knowing about his failing memory and independence No matter how hard she tries to remember the coaching tips of the school counselor, her anger escapes It s not that she doesn t have good reasons for he short fuse These characters, adult and kids, ring true and memorable flag 2 likesLike see review Sep 22, 2017 Kamahnie rated it it was amazing review of another edition An incredible and moving story of the meaning of family and the compromises sometimes made to keep it intact Excited to reread it and chat about JUST LIKE JACKIE with my friends flag 2 likesLike see review Jul 08, 2017 Priscilla Thomas rated it it was amazing review of another edition Gorgeous, truly I can t wait to read it again flag 2 likesLike see review Nov 06, 2018 Ayah Khamis rated it it was amazing review of another edition This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here SUMMARY 11 year old Robinson Robbie Hart is being raised by her grandpa in a small town in Vermont Robbie s grandpa taught her about cars, baseball, and everything else Robbie enjoys Robbie was named after the great baseball player Jackie Robinson Robbie helps her grandpa fix cars in his garage with his worker Harold As Robbie grows closer to her grandpa, she realizes that his memory is growing weaker Robbie tries her best to avoid trouble at school since she is used to being made fun of SUMMARY 11 year old Robinson Robbie Hart is being raised by her grandpa in a small town in Vermont Robbie s grandpa taught her about cars, baseball, and everything else Robbie enjoys Robbie was named after the great baseball player Jackie Robinson Robbie helps her grandpa fix cars in his garage with his worker Harold As Robbie grows closer to her grandpa, she realizes that his memory is growing weaker Robbie tries her best to avoid trouble at school since she is used to being made fun of for not having a mother and for having an African American grandfather even though she is white However one day Robbie loses control and punches a boy named Alex Carter because he kept calling her a motherless robin bird Robbie is immediately forced to attend group guidance for children who have anger issues, and to makes matters even worse, Alex Carter is also there Robbie s guidance counselor, Ms Gloria hosts the group guidance and Robbie is scared to open up about her life because she is fearful the school will take her away from Grandpa, In the meantime, Robbie is doing a family tree project at school but is struggling to complete the project because she has no family besides her grandpa Every time Robbie asks about her mother, her grandpa avoids the question She wants to know the truth about her mother before her grandpa s memory is gone for good As Robbie participates in therapy groups, Robbie realizes that some of her classmates are also struggling with the family tree project, as well as divorce, illness, and other problems When Robbie saw Alex Carter brake down because his father is dying of cancer, she felt some sympathy towards him Robbie grows close to her classmates At home, grandpa has been becoming extremely forgetful and Robbie is trying her best to protect his condition from questioning adults Robbie grew close and had so much trust in Ms Gloria that she confessed her grandpa s condition to her Ms Gloria and a social worker go to Robbie s home for a surprise visit the next day Robbie fled in fear with her grandpa but after seeing her grandpa s Alzheimer s worsening, she returned home The social worker decided it was best for Robbie to live with a new family Robbie reluctantly agreed to go live with her grandpa s worker, Harold, and his family Her grandpa would be sent to live in an elderly home and Robbie would have the opportunity to visit him on weekends Before Robbie got into Harold s car, she asked her grandpa to tell her what happened to her mother Her grandpa told Robbie that her mother died a few days after giving birth to her and her dad was never in the picture The story ends with Robbie going to school the next day with her finished family tree project I enjoyed the novel Just Like Jackie by Lindsey Stoddard I was moved by the protagonist Robbie Hart s determination to protect her family This book gave took me through a roller coaster of emotions as I read through Robbie s journey as a fifth grade being bullied at school and living with a grandpa who has Alzheimer s Robbie s strength and defiance gave me an insight into what it is like to conquer discrimination and bullying The story includes so many valuable and beautiful messages like the importance of acceptance and embracing our differences Robinson s curiosity about the disappearance of her mother and father showed me the true value of never losing your family and identity I had no criticism for this novel, and I thought it was written thoroughly and the plot line made sense I recommend this book to my peers, especially if they enjoy coming of age novels Just Like Jackie is a wonderfully written novel that gripped my heart at every moment flag 1 likeLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed

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      • Lindsey Stoddard

        I was born and raised in Vermont where I began my love for reading and writing in local libraries and independent bookstores My parents always like to remind me how well behaved I was growing up, EXCEPT in bookstores I would run and hide between the shelves because I wanted to live there I still kinda do I moved to New York City after college and taught middle school English for 10 years I was born and raised in Vermont where I began my love for reading and writing in local libraries and independent bookstores My parents always like to remind me how well behaved I was growing up, EXCEPT in bookstores I would run and hide between the shelves because I wanted to live there I still kinda do I moved to New York City after college and taught middle school English for 10 years in Washington Heights to the most inspiring, creative kids Their excitement around books motivated me to pursue my other childhood dream, becoming an author for kids I live with my family in New York City, but we travel to Vermont often to romp in the snow, stock up on syrup, and visit family


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    1. This is a amazing book targeted for 8 to 12 year old s and I would have loved this as a child As a adult i simple ADORE it Laugh, cry, and relate to this wonderful gimps into the life of a struggling girl named Robinson aka Robbie She doesn t have the best of tempers and when resident bully Alex doesn t leave her alone she punches him in the nose Little did she know that this would be the start of when everything changes Follow her through her struggles as she finds out that not everyone ha This [...]


    2. This beautiful story and powerful protagonist definitely made me tear up at least twice The novel seamlessly weaves into its Vermont embedded narrative considerations of family and what that means , race, gender, Alzheimer s, and all through the lens of an inspiring fifth grader and her life with her grandpa.


    3. Probably 3.5 stars I liked this but did not love it I think one of my main reservations is baseball as a theme I can think of one student who is into baseball and yet it continues to be a predominant theme in children s literature As for the book itself, there was a lot to appreciate even if it didn t totally win me over.


    4. Fierceness and compassion move this story It can feel rare in children s lit, that educational and mental health professionals are shown to be competent and doing what is best for the situation Often when a story needs a heavy, poor teaching or bad counseling stand as a foil I appreciated that in this book everyone around Robbie is supportive, without solving her problems for her.


    5. I went away to college at about the same time my grandfather went away to a facility that could care for him and his Alzheimer s Visits with him were rough In fact, I only visited him one time because instead of his grandson, he thought I was some buddy from the war he had been stationed with It was one of the most awkward, saddest conversations I ve ever been a part of I had lost my grandpa for good even though he was physically sitting right next to me on a bench, patting my leg.What a boo I w [...]


    6. This debut novel is simply beautiful Robinson is learning about what makes a family and how sometimes you get a family and sometimes you make a family, all while trying to help her grandpa who has been forgetting things a lot She s trying to navigate school, friends and other kids who also have hard things going on in their lives The characters in this book ars all so likeable The relationship between Robison and her grandpa is sweet and tender The other adults in her life are kind and supp This [...]



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