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Parents' Guide to

Just Like Jackie

By Joly Herman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Emotional tale of girl's struggle with her family history.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 10+

Good book

Good, deep book with so much meaning. It can get sad though. There is some language too. If you don’t want your child reading a few swear words, then it’s not a good fit. Other than that, it’s a great book
age 10+

Wonderful story but too much language

This book has many wonderful messages, however I will not be able to give to my students because of the swearing. I love the characters and the love they have for each other and also all the lessons we learn from Jackie. Language includes gd, effing, crap, sucks. Crap wouldn't be that bad except she uses it constantly. The use of gd is not ok. Would be a great read aloud if you leave out the swearing.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (1 ):

This gripping emotional tale of a kid's struggle to figure out her family history packs a punch. In Just Like Jackie, author Lindsey Stoddard successfully gets into the head of an 11-year-old who's showing signs of cracking under pressure. Robbie's unique situation and sure voice takes the driver's seat right away. Her mettle, her determination, and her sheer uniqueness make her a fascinating, if a little frightening, heroine. She's a force. But she has to be -- her grandpa's getting mixed up more often, and Robbie's not always able to help him. The family tree project at school is hitting a serious nerve, and on top of it all, she's the only kid who stands up to the class bully.

The boundary-busting role reversals and gender bending in this story are admirable, but can feel a touch over-the-top.Yet the story's moral is admirable: We come in all shapes, sizes, ages, and orientations. Stoddard drives home the point that humans, as unique as we are, work best as a cohesive group. Much like the maple trees that make up a forest in Vermont.

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