The story of two boys who really don't get along — but have to find a way to figure it out.
About the Author-
Coe Booth was born and raised in New York City, in the Bronx. She is the author of TYRELL, KENDRA, and BRONXWOOD.
- Narrator John Clarence Stewart perfectly captures this painful yet joyous story featuring the biological son of a dedicated foster mother. Eleven-year-old Jarrett is accustomed to the babies his mother frequently cares for, but he's unhappy when 12-year-old Kevon accompanies one of the babies. Stewart deftly portrays Jarrett's kindness to the babies, his many friendships, his pent-up anger towards Kevon, and his sweet crush on Caprice. He also conveys the warmth and gorgeous Guyanan accent of Jarrett's mom; her caring boyfriend, Terrence; and Jarrett's spirited best friend, Ennis. Stewart is quite scary when Jarrett "spies" on Kevon to learn about his background. Young listeners will ache for Jarrett when he must repeat fifth grade in this genuine work of realistic fiction. S.G.B. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine
August 4, 2014
In her first novel for middle-grade readers, Booth (Bronxwood) introduces an African-American family in Newark who open their home to foster children. By the time Kevon, 12, and his two-year-old sister, Treasure, arrive in the middle of the night, 11-year-old Jarrett has had enough of his mother's charity. Jarrett is forced to share a room with Kevon, who acts distant and ungrateful, and he's also annoyed to be attending summer school, with the threat of having to repeat the sixth grade. Even his usual joysâcrushing on his down-to-earth friend Caprice, taking step class at a neighborhood center, and making horror movie trailers with his best friendâare overshadowed by Kevon's presence. Jarrett snoops into Kevon's past in hopes of getting rid of him, but, predictably, the truth he uncovers evokes sympathy. Booth offers candid insight into racism, poverty, and the foster care system without becoming heavy-handed; she also sensitively depicts a character's coming-out moment. Jarrett's evolution from a position of resistance to an acceptance of circumstances beyond his control is believably subtle. Ages 8â12. Agent: Jodi Reamer, Writers House.
- Pam, Unconventional Librarian Don't let the two kids of color on the cover dissuade you from picking this title up. It's for everyone. Especially great is the audio quality. I'll be the first to admit that if I don't like the reader in an audio book my experience generally tanks. I loved the reader: John Clarence Stewart. He brought charisma and an authenticity to the African American male voice that is missing from kid lit. I smiled the whole time I was listening to him.
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