Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Mock Newbery: Jumping the Scratch by Sarah Weeks

Title: Jumping the Scratch
Author: Sarah Weeks
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 0060541091
Starred review in: Kirkus (4-15-06)
Review: Jamie thought that bad things happened in threes and once his cat died, his father left him and his mom, and his aunt had a freak accident which forced he and his mom to move in with her that the worst was over. Moving in with his aunt meant changing schools in the middle of the year and his mom working nights for extra money. Unfortunatly for Jamie, he found out that not being able to forget is sometimes worse than not being able to remember. The characters were interesting and the plot with just a touch of mystery was interesting enough. Even most young readers will guess Jamie's secret fairly early though and everything in the end almost seems to wrap up too neatly and too quickly. A good fast read, but not outstanding.
Reviewed by: Latricia B., TENA

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