Giff, Patricia Reilly Jubilee, 147 pg. Wendy Lamb Books, 2016. $16.99. Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: PG; Violence: G.
Jubilee has lived on an island off the coast of Maine with her aunt for years, ever since her mother left her there with no explanation or warning. Since the day her mother left, Jubilee has not talked. This year she's moving from her special ed class into a regular mainstream class, and this sparks a lot of other changes in her life. A dog, a friend and even her mother change Jubilee's straight-forward world. As she adjusts and learns from all these new experiences, she has to decide if she's finally found her voice.
This is a classic coming-of-age novel aimed at elementary readers. The characters are interesting, endearing and easy to connect with. The story is nothing earth-shattering, but simple and nice enough that readers will enjoy it. The PG maturity rating is due to the topics of child abandonment and some typical school-age bullying.
EL--ADVISABLE Reviewer: TC