You Don't Know Everything, Jilly P!

Book review by Joly Herman, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 10+

Brave but heavy-handed look at racism and deaf life.

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 3 reviews

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age 9+

You don’t know everything jelly P

It’s a very good book. But it is very intense. There’s a lot of police violence which can get scary. One of the main characters tutors gets shot seven times in the back by the police.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
age 15+

Do not let your child read this before you have read it yourself-inappropriate content for a 10 year old.

My daughter chose this book at her school book fair. The description talks about a girl who has a baby sister who is born deaf and my daughter has hearing difficulties. She was really enjoying the book however she struggles with repeating things out of context and this book has huge potential to cause upset!!! It covers same sex relationships, (fine but warning would be nice to prepare for questions). It then goes on to cover racism from the police and a little boy getting shot, racism at a family dinner where it mentions the ‘n’ word. It doesn’t say the whole word but any child is going to ask. Thankfully my child has never heard the word and I don’t want her learning it-it’s from the dark ages and should stay there. All this controversial stuff takes away from the advertised theme of the book which could have been so good if they hadn’t ruined by making it so inappropriate for children. I really am quite cross this book was sold at a school book fair. Do know buy it unless you have a much older child with the maturity to deal with the adult themes.

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