Bee and Jackyby Carolyn Coman
The stunning new novel from Newbery Honor winner Carolyn Coman<P>Years after the return of their seriously wounded father from Vietnam, 13-year-old Bee Cooney and her older brother, Jacky, still bear their own scars--the result of a childhood spent entangled with each other as they fought to cope with their losses. The memories have not faded. On Labor Day… See more details below
The stunning new novel from Newbery Honor winner Carolyn Coman<P>Years after the return of their seriously wounded father from Vietnam, 13-year-old Bee Cooney and her older brother, Jacky, still bear their own scars--the result of a childhood spent entangled with each other as they fought to cope with their losses. The memories have not faded. On Labor Day weekend, when their parents are away, Bee and Jacky return to the shameful games of their childhood--and destroy, then transform, their lives. With mastery and grace, multiple award-winner Carolyn Coman has created a novel that looks deep into the heart of one particular family.<P>"Proves Coman's extraordinary talent for creating complex images with simple words and her remarkable ability to elicit sympathy for all the characters...A fierce, intriguing novel, not easily forgotten." --<i>Booklist</i><P>"Brilliantly written...This is neither an easy book to read nor does it suggest any neat resolutions. What Coman does offer, masterfully, is honesty, compassion, and even a glimmer of hope." --<i>School Library Journal</i><P>* A Puffin Novel <br>* 104 pages<br>* Ages 14 up
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- 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.38(d)
- Age Range:
- 14 - 17 Years
Meet the Author
Carolyn Coman is the author of Many Stones, a Michael L. Printz Honor book, and What Jamie Saw, a Newbery Honor book. She lives in New Hampshire, and teaches in Vermont College's MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults Program.
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Bee & Jacky is a tragic story about a mentally unstable girl and her physical relationship with her brother. To truly appreciate this book, the reader must be mature.
Bee and Jacky started out in a small town in Indiana. Bee¿s family was going out of town on Memorial Day weekend to visit her grandparents, when Jacky [Bee¿s teenaged brother] announces that he is not going. Anne and Phil Cooney both know that they can no longer tall him what do to, so they let him stay home. After that night at dinner, a Bull appears outside their back door. When everyone gets up to go look at it, Bee faints. At this point I¿m extremely confused as to why a bull decides to show up, and why the author doesn¿t explain it. As the story progresses, I am disappointed by the weak plotline of the story. From what I picked up, Bee [the younger sister] wants Jacky to be as close to her as they were when they lived in Decatur. However I was confused again by the appearance of a bear that I¿m not even sure existed. Bee explains that it ¿Ripped open his chest¿. So Bee walks inside to take a nap. At this point I was extremely confused and frustrated. She talked about feeling scars all over her body and seeing them on her chest, then a few pages later they were non-existent. I gave this book a 2 rating because the plot line was weak, the entire story was confusing and lacking in explanation. I also didn¿t like the fact that it never explained why their father was so strange beyond ¿He was in a war¿.