Every time they fought, argued, or just had some sort of disagreement, they always bounced back up and their friend-enemy relationship was back to normal. Also Kevon had a little sister Treasure and when Jarrett mom Ms. I liked that the names in the books were different than what you usually see mom note. He's gotta do something about it -- but what? Jarrett doesn't think it's fair that he has to share his room, his friends, and his life with some stranger. Jarrett knows all about not getting too attached to the babies that come and go. This book is about Jarrett mom taking in a boy named Kevon and his little sister Treasure, and Kevon and Jarrett are close in age and they both share a room.
But this time it's different. Not when Kevon's acting like he's better than Jarrett--and not when Jarrett finds out Kevon's keeping some major secrets. But I did not expect it to be this good. Jarrett doesn't think it's fair that he has to share his room, his friends, and his life with some stranger. They even made movies together. When one of those babies comes with a brother Jarrett's age, things get even worse.
The ways that the main character chose to deal with or not his problems seemed like choices a real person might make. Kevon and Jarrett fight many times until Jarrett calls kevons dad who has mental disabilities and tells him where his kids are. So many issues in this one are handled in ways that are appropriate for middle-grade kiddos: education, friendship, African-American males and police, foster care, mental health, sexual identity, parenting, and domestic violence. I love the way Coe Booth sets up the relationship between these two boys so that readers completely understand why Kevon pushes Jarrett's Talk about a compelling set-up! I liked that the names in the books were different than what you usually see mom note. After that, they live happily and they got a visit there dad anytime they won because he was better.
Jarrett doesn't think it's fair that he has to share his room, his friends, and his life with some stranger. Jarrett struggles in school and is spending the summer in a remedial program that he must pass before he can be promoted into the 6th grade. But this time it's different. I had to get up. She was injured this evening and those poor kids have been in the emergency room all night.
And every cough hurt more and more. Not when Kevon's Jarrett doesn't trust Kevon. He's gotta do something about it -- but what? But he's got to share a room with him anyway. Keep up with all the latest book-related goodies on our blog and interact with authors in our Twitter chats. Jarrett doesn't think it's fair that he has to share his room, his friends, and his life with some stranger. Kevon left but his sister had to stay and he refuses he would not leave without her. There was a lot of conflict and I was always guessing what was about to happen.
What does my room have to do with anything? This time the baby who needs help has an older brother -- a kid Jarrett's age named Kevon. He feels that his mother should spend more time with him than with the baby. Kevon is very protective of Treasure, but the boys slowly make an uneasy try to get along with each other. The other conflict in this novel is Jarrett thinking that the teachers in the school are wanting him to fail and him going to summer school which is a character vs. This is a great read for students looking for an urban story but aren't quite ready for the grittiness of Walter Dean Myers or Jason Reynolds. There is discussion about the fact that Jarrett and the other children at the center will likely experience the same situation because of their skin color.
After two years the guy asks the kids if he could marry their mom. Things come to a crisis, but there is good news, too-- while on a family camping trip, Terrence has asked Jarrett if he can marry Jarrett's mom, and while Jarrett doesn't pass 5th grade, he gets to go to a special all boys school in the fall. A good read for middle grades, especially boys. Even the girl that Jarrett likes so Jarrett got mad and he starts to give Kevin dirty looks and start looking into his stuff and find a phone. The characters were strong; it was easy to picture them as people I might know. Then his mom starts taking care of a new baby. But other than that, I think it is a good middle grade kind of book.
That never works with her. This was one of the Battle books for school. Not if you get stopped. The characters are realistically complex--they're awesome and stupid, sensitive and callous in turn, just like actual middle grade boys. I hope that more authors like Coe Booth will wade into the sometimes too-cozy world of middle grade fiction.