Fur-Ever Yours, Booker Jones

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Aspiring writer Booker Jones isn't happy. His parents have left Booker's older sister, Libba, in charge while they're on vacation, Booker's best friend, Germ, has suddenly become the most popular writer in school, and now Booker's got writer's block! Life is going from bad to worse, and there's nothing Booker can do to stop it-or is there? Author-to-be Booker Jones is back in this hilarious sequel to Utterly Yours, Booker Jones.

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Overview

Aspiring writer Booker Jones isn't happy. His parents have left Booker's older sister, Libba, in charge while they're on vacation, Booker's best friend, Germ, has suddenly become the most popular writer in school, and now Booker's got writer's block! Life is going from bad to worse, and there's nothing Booker can do to stop it-or is there? Author-to-be Booker Jones is back in this hilarious sequel to Utterly Yours, Booker Jones.

Twelve-year-old Booker Jones turns to his writing once again to deal with the stress of his seemingly insensitive parents' decision to vacation together, leaving family and laundry behind.

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Children's Literature
Booker is working on his story about a cat lost in space. It's the perfect entry into Mrs. Brite's writing club. But his best friend, Germ, is there, too, and writing clever limericks that crack the group up. But all they have for Booker is questions¾why doesn't the cat do this? I don't understand that. Besides this, his parents have gone to Mexico, leaving him and his driving-age sister Libba in the care of their fading grandfather who begins to refuse food and stays in his room. Duffey nicely poses Booker's story against his real life, and Booker retreats into being a writer until his worry about his grandfather brings him back to action, the repair of his friendship with Germ, and a new feeling about himself. There is plenty of good advice for writers in this, from what Mrs. Brite has the club do for exercises to quotes Booker relies on from Jon Scieszca or Katherine Paterson to references to publishers' rejections of Animal Farm and A Wrinkle in Time. There is a lot going on in this story but it is also a quick read with believable characters, an interesting story within a story, and a viable theme of doing something versus just thinking about it. Second in the "Booker Jones" series. 2001, Viking, $15.99. Ages 7 to 11. Reviewer:Susan Hepler
VOYA
This sequel to Utterly Yours, Booker Jones (Viking, 1995) stands alone in its portrayal of a boy who wants to be a writer and feels that his life is getting away from him. Booker Jones is a delightful middle schooler whose life is changing. His grandfather is getting more confused; his bratty older sister, Libby, is learning to drive; his staid, normal parents are acting weird and are going to Mexico for a vacation; and at school, his best friend, Germ, is getting lots of attention at the Writing Club. Booker writes to ease the troubles he cannot control and to bring order into his life. The manuscripts, which he sends to Hamerstein Books, always are rejected, but Booker keeps writing and hoping. Interspersed throughout the story are the letters Booker sends with his manuscripts and pieces of his stories that reflect the changes in his life. In a touching conclusion, Grandfather has forgotten how his former home looks and where it is, and Booker and Libby drive him there to help him remember. Duffey has an engaging style and a nice touch for dialogue. The reader cares about and laughs both with and at the situations. Germ's limericks and Libby's driving lesson will amuse readers. As Booker becomes closer to his sister and grandfather, he matures, becoming calmer and more understanding of the changes in his life. VOYA CODES: 3Q 4P M J (Readable without serious defects; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2001, Viking, 128p, $14.99. Ages 12 to 15. Reviewer: Janet Mura SOURCE: VOYA, August 2001 (Vol. 24, No. 3)
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Gr 4-6-Fans of Utterly Yours, Booker Jones (Viking, 1995) will enjoy this sequel, although it works well on its own. Aspiring novelist Booker Jones transforms the events in his life, including his sister's first attempts at driving, into science-fiction adventures. Despite the rejection letters he receives from Hamerstein Books, he continues to submit his work. Lately he has a lot to think about: his parents have taken a trip to Mexico by themselves, and his best friend, Germ, who has developed an interest in writing limericks, is stealing the limelight from Booker in the new after-school writing club. He struggles to understand these changes, and worries about his grandfather, who has stopped eating and constantly talks about the river that ran beside his old house. On their own, Booker and his sister must figure out how to help Pop, and in the process he learns that writing can have great personal value, even if it's never published. Booker is a thoughtful, creative, and sympathetic character. Duffey manages to hold together a number of seemingly disparate plotlines, although the ending, which comes before the children's parents return home, seems a little abrupt. Still, this funny, entertaining novel will appeal especially to boys who like to write.-Ashley Larsen, Woodside Library, CA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Meet Booker Jones, a bookish and likable young man on a mission: he is determined to become a published science-fiction writer, continuing his quest from the first volume in the series, Utterly Yours, Booker Jones (1995). He works hard at his writing, sending off unintentionally funny proposals to the same New York editor month after month. Booker enjoys his position as the star writer at his school and finds it difficult to deal with his best friend's new talent for writing hilarious limericks. When Booker's parents leave for a vacation, Booker and his older sister have to help their frail grandfather, who has descended into depression and stopped eating. Their grandfather, Pop, is a writer, too, with a lifetime of memories preserved in his journal. Pop helps Booker realize that writing is valuable for itself, even if never published. Duffey skillfully integrates Booker's query letters, a few humorous school writing assignments, and segments from his novels into her text, creating a fast-paced, varied, and often touching story that would make an excellent read-aloud. A fine choice to recommend to determined young writers burning to join the ranks of the published, along with Andrew Clements's The School Story (p. 582). (Fiction. 10-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142302156
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 12/1/1902
  • Pages: 100
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.02 (w) x 7.88 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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