Jake and Lily
By Jerry Spinelli
The award-winning author of STARGIRL presents a tale about twins.
For almost as long as they can remember, Jake and Lily have shared a "special sense". But their bond seems to be weakening as, at age 11, Jake starts spending more time with new friends than with Lily; upset and rejected, Lily has no one to confide in except her grandfather. Lily tries to find out who she is without her brother, but it's hard work. Her feeling of abandonment is as sharply felt as Jake's need to test his independence. Spinelli celebrates each child's individualism and growing self-awareness.
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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03 Oct 2013
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Spinelli adroitly balances emotional tentsion with introspective moments in this smart and funny story about a pair of twins growing apart. — Publisher's Weekly (Starred Review)
Double the feelings, double the fun. — Kirkus
The characters and situations mesh together perfectly, and in the end Jake and Lily both realize that they can live separate lives and still be connected. — School and Library Journal
Spinelli writes beautifully. — Coventry Telegraph
This is a fascinating exploration of being a twin... well explored and the characters ring true. — Parents in Touch
Spinelli's very good... accounts of relationships and events seem so simple, but behind their prose Spinelli is subtle, acute and respectful. * * * * — Books for Keeps
A fantastic book about the special relationship between twins... a brilliant humorous tale. — The Guardian
There is humour and fun in this thoughtful book, which has the author's characteristic light touch and acute, but sensitive, observations of human nature and the quirkiness of life. — Carousel