Saturday, January 4, 2020

My Jasper June by Laurel Snyder - ESSENTIAL

My Jasper June by Laurel Snyder, 291 pages. Walden Pond Press (Harper Collins), 2019. $17.

Language: PG (18 swears 0 'f'); Mature Content: PG; Violence: G. 



13yo Leah has had a rough year; a family tragedy has left Leah and her parents broken. It's summer vacation, but Leah isn't doing what she's always done - swimming with friends, camp, parties. This year she's bored, and lonely - until she meets Jasper - a girl new to the neighborhood, and they become almost instant friends - but both girls have secrets, and sharing them could change everything. 

A beautiful story about grief, loss, friendship, community and family. Leah is relieved (and excited) to find a friend like Jasper - someone who doesn't know her history, so she can be herself, and reciprocate a friendship that Jasper needs as well. Middle schooler looking for a stand alone with strong female friendships will like this one. 

Lisa Librarian

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