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The Nature of Jade

By Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Strong story with anxiety, teen parenthood themes.

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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 17+
Love it! I'm a parent and a librarian. I like to know what kids are reading. This was one of better tween books read in a long time, and it's not about vampires. It's about an everday girl struggling with growing up in stressful world. As parent of daughter who suffers from panic attacks, this book is right on!
age 13+

Love this book

I love this book! The characters are so real and they way Deb Calleti writes is awesome!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (8 ):

This rich book by National Book Award finalist Deb Caletti succeeds on many levels. It features a likable protagonist (anxiety-ridden Jade, who slowly discovers her inner strength); it has plenty of drama (the cute boy Jade meets at the zoo has a child of his own, and is on the run from the kid's mother); and it weaves wonderful animal anecdotes throughout that parallel Jade's own story (and provide readers with some fascinating facts).

Readers may feel like some of the characters are a bit much, including Sebastian's straight-talking fiercely protective grandmother, and Damian, the Zen-like elephant keeper. But they will certainly find Jade very real -- especially her struggle to understand just how complicated life (and the people you love) can be.

Book Details

  • Author: Deb Caletti
  • Genre: Coming of Age
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Publication date: February 27, 2008
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 12 - 12
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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