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Jumping the Scratch

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  • Posted November 2, 2008

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    Reviewed by Jennifer Wardrip, aka "The Genius" for TeensReadToo.com

    JUMPING THE SCRATCH is best described as a story about forgetting. For eleven-year-old Jamie, it's about forgetting an event that has traumatized him. For Sapphy, his aunt, it's about forgetting anything and everything that happens to her on a daily basis. But let's back up just a little bit... <BR/><BR/>Jamie Reardon has moved to Traverse City, Michigan, from Battle Creek, where he once had a real home, a mom and dad to always fix whatever was wrong, a cat named Mister who knew how to listen, and a normal-as-cornflakes life. But then Mister died, and his dad ran off with a cashier from the MicroMart, and his Aunt Sapphy was injured in a work-related accident. So that year, during fifth grade, Jamie and his mom moved in with Aunt Sapphy in her trailer at Wondrous Acres, and there was no big Thanksgiving dinner or sparkling Christmas tree. There was only Aunt Sapphy, who got hit on the head by a falling pipe during her shift at the Cheery Cherry canning factory, and now can't form any short-term memories. There's Jamie's mother, who took a third-shift job at the same cherry factory because it was the only place hiring. There's Marge, the home nursing aide, who doesn't like anyone, especially Aunt Sapphy. And then there's Jamie, who changed sometime around Christmas, and yet no one seems to notice. <BR/><BR/>While Jamie is busy dodging the verbal bullets of his teacher, Miss Miller, and the crazy questions of Audrey Krouch, a fellow student who also lives in Wondrous Acres, he's also trying to forget. Forget what happened on Christmas Eve, with Old Gray, the guy who sits in the office at the trailer park. It's funny how memories work. While Jamie works hard to find the magic trigger to give Sapphy back her memories, he wants nothing more than to erase his own. <BR/><BR/>It's easy to sympathize with Jamie, especially with the careless adults that surround him in JUMPING THE SCRATCH. Although I would have liked the story to be longer and more filled out, this is a quick, emotional read. It's definitely interesting to watch Jamie's transformation, to read about the intriguing Aunt Sapphy, and to see into the heart and mind of the wonderfully odd Audrey.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    Love thi book

    This book is a breath taking adventure. From the first word you read in this book to the last this great.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2006

    Courtesy of Teens Read Too

    JUMPING THE SCRATCH is best described as a story about forgetting. For eleven-year-old Jamie, it's about forgetting an event that has traumatized him. For Sapphy, his aunt, it's about forgetting anything and everything that happens to her on a daily basis. But let's back up just a little bit... Jamie Reardon has moved to Traverse City, Michigan, from Battle Creek, where he once had a real home, a mom and dad to always fix whatever was wrong, a cat named Mister who knew how to listen, and a normal-as-cornflakes life. But then Mister died, and his dad ran off with a cashier from the MicroMart, and his Aunt Sapphy was injured in a work-related accident. So that year, during fifth grade, Jamie and his mom moved in with Aunt Sapphy in her trailer at Wondrous Acres, and there was no big Thanksgiving dinner or sparkling Christmas tree. There was only Aunt Sapphy, who got hit on the head by a falling pipe during her shift at the Cheery Cherry canning factory, and now can't form any short-term memories. There's Jamie's mother, who took a third-shift job at the same cherry factory because it was the only place hiring. There's Marge, the home nursing aide, who doesn't like anyone, especially Aunt Sapphy. And then there's Jamie, who changed sometime around Christmas, and yet no one seems to notice. While Jamie is busy dodging the verbal bullets of his teacher, Miss Miller, and the crazy questions of Audrey Krouch, a fellow student who also lives in Wondrous Acres, he's also trying to forget. Forget what happened on Christmas Eve, with Old Gray, the guy who sits in the office at the trailer park. It's funny how memories work. While Jamie works hard to find the magic trigger to give Sapphy back her memories, he wants nothing more than to erase his own. It's easy to sympathize with Jamie, especially with the careless adults that surround him in JUMPING THE SCRATCH. Although I would have liked the story to be longer and more filled out, this is a quick, emotional read. It's definitely interesting to watch Jamie's transformation, to read about the intriguing Aunt Sapphy, and to see into the heart and mind of the wonderfully odd Audrey.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2013

    ***Trigger warning: this review contains information about sexua

    ***Trigger warning: this review contains information about sexual assault that may be upsetting to survivors***

    This was a hard book to listen to because it was so real. Because it's a kid's book, there are no gory details (thank goodness) about what happened to Jamie, but it's painfully clear. Well, at least to an adult. I don't have 8- to 12-year-old children, so I'm not sure how quickly they'd pick up on the molestation.

    I worry about how to talk to my kids about sexual predators. I feel sick to my stomach at the thought of someone hurting either of them, but how do you bring up such a difficult subject? Adults tend to forget about what they knew as children; I knew about &quot;bad touching&quot; when I was little. We were taught by our parents, our teachers, and our daycare providers. But as parents? We don't want to expose our children to such an awful part of life. We want to protect them! Shield them! Make sure no harm comes to them!

    This book is a great way to help explain what happens when a child is molested, why he acted the way he did, and how he'll deal with it in the future. I am adding it to the list of books to read with my kids in a few years.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2007

    It was good and interesting

    this book wasnt the best ive read and was pretty predictable. But the book had a tremondous break through at the end. It really paid off at the end to here jaime finally say whats been bothering him.

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    Posted August 28, 2009

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