Me And Jay

Summary:

It all started on a hot, sticky, and boring day in late July. Geri and Jay, two 13-year-olds, were looking for something interesting to do. They decided to hike up to Blue Pool, a quarry pond reputed to be deep and hazardous. With only a rough sense of direction, the two friends set out on their trip. The adventure proved to be far more difficult and dangerous than expected.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

On the surface this is an adventure story and it can stand by itself. However, it is also a story about self-image in the pre-teen years, as Jay and Geri have been shunned as “different” by their peers at school. The layers of friendship, growing up, decision-making weave a story that will attract teens.

Content Awareness Factors:

None. The author knows his audience and is superb at his craft.


Parent Reaction

There’s a positive message for pre-teens in the relationship that Geri and Jay have fostered. The reader is privy to some poor decisions and the consequences. Those vignettes also shed light on the responsibility that a friend has to challenge something which they feel is questionable.

Type of Book:
This is an adventure whose underlying theme deals with self-image, decisions, and consequences.
Educational Themes:

The elements of Geri's and Jay's experience lend themselves to one-on-one or group discussions about self-image and understanding the consequences of one's decisions.

Reading Level:
5.8
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
11 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
11 and Up
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. It is a great addition to any 10 to 14-year-old's bookshelf. Hopefully, the librarian and middle school teachers would have access to a copy of the book. Readers will return more than once.

Title Me and Jay
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Me and Jay, Book 1

Author W Royce Adams
Publisher Rairarubia Books , Unlimited Publishing, LLC © 2001
ISBN 1588320219
Material Hard Cover
Cost $10.99
Genres Adventure, Friendship, Self Worth, Realism | Realistic Fiction
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