Black Jack Jetty: A Boy's Journey Through Grief

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Ever since his soldier father is killed in Afghanistan, Jack has been frightened. He has nightmares. He doesn't see his friends as often. He worries. He worries all the time. So when his mother suggests traveling across the country to the Jersey Shore for the summer, his fears escalate.

But Jack is about to experience the magic and mystery of Black Jack Jetty. Join Jack and the treasure-hunting cousins as he discovers the healing powers of family. Learn how the Atlantic shore, ...

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Overview

Ever since his soldier father is killed in Afghanistan, Jack has been frightened. He has nightmares. He doesn't see his friends as often. He worries. He worries all the time. So when his mother suggests traveling across the country to the Jersey Shore for the summer, his fears escalate.

But Jack is about to experience the magic and mystery of Black Jack Jetty. Join Jack and the treasure-hunting cousins as he discovers the healing powers of family. Learn how the Atlantic shore, with its crashing waves, ragged rocks, and sandy beaches, helps Jack to cope with his father's death and to celebrate life.

Learning Magazine Teachers' Choice Award for the Family

"Jack experiences grief, anger, anxiety, and guilt after his father's death in Afghanistan-and then discovers the healing powers of family."

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—In this timely novel, Carestio tells the story of Jack, whose soldier father died in Afghanistan. The 10-year-old is not ready to let go of his grief as he and his mother travel from Colorado to the New Jersey shore to spend the summer with his father's relatives, including a houseful of noisy cousins. Jack listens with a mixture of sadness and wonder as the adults talk about his father when he was a young man down at the shore. Jack's mother always seems to anticipate his mood and is there for him whether he wants to talk, or just be alone with sadness. The boy's anger, guilt, and anxiety are all natural expressions of grief and realistic elements in the story. The plot also revolves around an unsolved mystery at the family home, and Jack's unique personality makes him the perfect candidate to solve it. When the story ends, Carestio speaks directly to children who have experienced the death of a parent, writing realistically about what to expect. While this book will not take the place of a loving adult, or therapist, it can be one way to help children talk about their feelings.—Wendy Smith-D'Arezzo, Loyola College, Baltimore, MD
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781433807862
  • Publisher: American Psychological Association
  • Publication date: 4/28/2010
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 487,825
  • Age range: 8 - 13 Years
  • Lexile: 670L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Born, educated, and living in Philadelphia, Michael A. Carestio has spent much of his career in advertising as a Creative Director. His first entry into children's literature reflects the loss of his own father at a young age. The story takes place on the South Jersey Shore, where his family gathers in summer.

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  • Posted April 27, 2010

    A Thankful Journey

    A childrens book that will bring smiles to faces of adults as they journey through the memories of their youth while captivating young children with a heart felt family story.

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  • Posted April 27, 2010

    A Thankful Journey

    A childrens book that will bring smiles to faces of adults as they journey through the memories of their youth while captivating young children with a heart felt family story.

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  • Posted June 25, 2010

    So much fun

    There is a reason the Moyer Foundation is including this book as a give away to grief counselors at their annual mtg: it is great. Warmly told, it has a message but it is fun and interesting for a child. Who could not relate to the summer storms, the endless relatives who suddenly appear and treasure hunts! Yet the message of a young boy dealing with the death of his dad is compelling and real. A delightful and fresh new author voice!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2010

    All is possile down the shore

    This is an uplifting story that is very topical. Yes it's about childhood grief but it's not a downer. The support of family and friends is all powerful. Include the Jersey shore in summer and like the book says, 'joie de vivre'.

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