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Jubilee

By: Patricia Reilly Giff

A tender, timeless story about a girl who stopped speaking long ago and how she finds her way back to her voice.

ISBN: 9780385744874

JLG Release: Dec 2016


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Selective mutism , Dogs , Aunts , Mothers and daughters , Friendship , Schools , Islands

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Awards & Honors

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Booklist, The Horn Book Magazine, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal

School Library Journal

Jubilee lives on an island with her aunt Cora. Jubilee hasn’t spoken a word to any person since her mother dropped her off to live there when she was little. Instead, she communicates with gestures, taps, and drawings. A school psychologist diagnosed the girl with selective mutism. Jubilee has just started fifth grade when she meets Mason, a Jubilee lives on an island with her aunt Cora. Jubilee hasn’t spoken a word to any person since her mother dropped her off to live there when she was little. Instead, she communicates with gestures, taps, and drawings. A school psychologist diagnosed the girl with selective mutism. Jubilee has just started fifth grade when she meets Mason, a “sloppy kid who talks too much.” They are paired together for a class project, and Mason does not mind that she doesn’t talk. He encourages her to draw cartoons to use for their project. Amid the school project, the core of the story revolves around Jubilee longing to meet her mother and learn why she left. Jubilee thinks that in solving the mystery, she will get her speech back. When a birthday card for Aunt Cora arrives from her mother, Jubilee discovers that her mom has moved back to the mainland nearby. Giff pens an emotionally sweet, heartfelt novel of not only friendship but also longing and hope as Jubilee carves her own path. Her bond with Mason and his acceptance of her give her strength and bolster her determination to do what it takes to make her dreams come true. They share a gentle, tender bond that will have readers rooting for both of them. VERDICT A poignant tale of family, friendship, and inner courage. A wonderful addition to middle grade collections.—Erin Holt, Williamson County Public Library, Franklin, TN

Horn Book

Judith, called Jubilee by her adoptive mother, Aunt Cora, might not speak aloud to anyone but her mirror, but she certainly has a lot on her mind. She’s been raised since toddlerhood on an island off the Maine coast, having been abandoned by her young biological mother. The first chapter is short and action-filled, culminating in a dog being Judith, called Jubilee by her adoptive mother, Aunt Cora, might not speak aloud to anyone but her mirror, but she certainly has a lot on her mind. She’s been raised since toddlerhood on an island off the Maine coast, having been abandoned by her young biological mother. The first chapter is short and action-filled, culminating in a dog being tossed overboard by a stranger and Jubilee rescuing him with the efficiency of a girl who knows her way around the Maine waters. School is about to start for Jubilee, and soon she will be in deep water of another sort: for the first time, she will be a member of a mainstream fifth-grade class without the support of a special-needs teacher for her selective mutism. Giff examines the bonds that people create, both with other people and with animals. Caring adults (Aunt Cora and her boyfriend Gideon, new teacher Ms. Quirk, school psychologist Mr. Kauffman) are willing to let this sensitive little girl take all the time she needs to figure out the world around her. The pace of this story rewards the patient reader, as sometimes it takes a while for things to work themselves out. Giff gets the island-life details right: children are allowed a lot of freedom; islanders are fiercely independent, but everyone pulls together when a storm blows in; the ferry will run on schedule if it can; and everyone will stop to look for a missing child. robin smith

Book Details

ISBN

9780385744874

First Release

December 2016

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

160

Accelerated Reader

Level 4; Points: 3;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 3.2; Points: 7;

Lexile

Level 540L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Library edition with trade jacket added

Publisher

Wendy Lamb

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Selective mutism, Dogs, Aunts, Mothers and daughters, Friendship, Schools, Islands,

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