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My Jasper June

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Moving, relatable story of loss, life-changing friendship.

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There's a lot to love in Laurel Snyder's story of the life-changing friendship of two Atlanta teens coping with very different, serious challenges. My Jasper June finds Leah adrift, angry, and relatable as her old life falls apart; new friend Jasper's dealing with her own traumas and perils. When they find each other, readers will cheer their friendship and the healing it brings -- while also worrying what will happen when Leah and Jasper's small world collides with the big one.

"'The thing is...,' I said, 'when it happens, death, people actually stop making eye contact with you. Did you know that? Your friends, even your best friends. Like with (my former best friend)... It wasn't like she wanted to ditch me. I don't think she meant to do it. It was just like she didn't know how to talk to me anymore. After being friends all our lives. Nobody did.'"

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