Jake and Lily

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Harper Collins, May 8, 2012 - Juvenile Fiction - 352 pages
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Beloved Newbery Medalist Jerry Spinelli, author of Maniac Magee and Wringer, addresses issues of identity, belonging, family, and bullying in this humorous and heartfelt novel about twins. 

Jake and Lily are twins. Despite their slightly different interests and temperaments, they feel exactly the same—like two halves of one person. But the year they turn eleven, everything changes. Their parents announce it’s time for separate bedrooms. Jake starts hanging out with a pack of boys on the block. And Lily is devastated, not to mention angry. Who is she without Jake? And as her brother falls under the influence of the neighborhood bully, he also must ask himself—who is the real Jake?

This is an often funny, poignant, and profound story of growing up, growing apart, and the difficult process of figuring out who you really are.


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User Review  - joeydag - LibraryThing

I've liked every book by Jerry Spinelli that I have read. This story is told in two voices. The twins, Jake and Lily, share alternate chapters to tell their story. The two voices do not really sound different to me but the characters are well drawn, 10 years old and growing. Read full review

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User Review  - jepeters333 - LibraryThing

I could see it coming. I could see his goo-goo eyes every time we saw the Bumpsters riding around. I figured sooner or later Jake would join them. Just thinking about it made me mad. mad enough to ... Read full review

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Jerry Spinelli received the Newbery Medal for Maniac Magee and a Newbery Honor for Wringer. His other books include Smiles to Go, Loser, Space Station Seventh Grade, Who Put That Hair in My Toothbrush?, Dump Days, and Stargirl. His novels are recognized for their humor and poignancy, and his characters and situations are often drawn from his real-life experience as a father of six children. Jerry lives with his wife, Eileen, also a writer, in Wayne, Pennsylvania.

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