Jacob Have I Loved

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Esau have I hated . . .

Sara Louise Bradshaw is sick and tired of her beautiful twin Caroline. Ever since they were born, Caroline has been the pretty one, the talented one, the better sister. Even now, Caroline seems to take everything: Louise's friends, their parents' love, her dreams for the future.

For once in her life, Louise wants to be the special one. But in order to do that, she must first figure out ...

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Overview

Esau have I hated . . .

Sara Louise Bradshaw is sick and tired of her beautiful twin Caroline. Ever since they were born, Caroline has been the pretty one, the talented one, the better sister. Even now, Caroline seems to take everything: Louise's friends, their parents' love, her dreams for the future.

For once in her life, Louise wants to be the special one. But in order to do that, she must first figure out who she is . . . and find a way to make a place for herself outside her sister's shadow.

Sarah Louise, who lives with her family on a Chesapeake Bay island, grows up feeling less important than her twin sister, until she finally begins to find her own identity.

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A novel of special brilliance.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780064403689
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/28/1990
  • Series: A Trophy Bk.
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 76,098
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 880L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.18 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Katherine Paterson was born in China, where she spent part of her childhood. After her education in China and the American South, she spent four years in Japan, the setting for her first three novels. Ms. Paterson has received numerous awards for her writing, including National Book Awards for The Master Puppeteer and The Great Gilly Hopkins, as well as Newbery Medals for Jacob Have I Loved and Bridge to Terabithia. Ms. Paterson lives with her husband in Vermont. They have four grown children.

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Jacob Have I Loved SNYChapter One

During the summer of 1941, every weekday morning at the top of the tide, McCall Purnell and I would board my skiff and go progging for crab. Call and I were right smart crabbers, and we couldalways come home with a little money as well as plenty of crab for. supper. Call was a year older than I and would never have gone crabbing with a girl except that his father was dead, so he had no man to take him on board a regular crab boat. He was, as well, a boy who had matured slowly, and being fat and nearsighted, he was dismissed by most of the island boys.

Call and I made quite a pair. At thirteen I was tall and large boned, with delusions of beauty and romance. He, at fourteen,. was pudgy, bespectacled, and totally unsentimental.

"Call, I would say, watching dawn break crimson over the Chesapeake Bay, "I hope I have a sky like this the day I get married."

"Who would marry you?" Call would ask, not meanly, just facing facts.

"Oh," I said one day, "I haven't met him yet."

"Then you ain't likely to. This is a right small island."

"It won't be an islander."

"Mr. Rice has him a girl friend in Baltimore."

I sighed. All the girls on Rass Island were half in love with Mr. Rice, one of our two high school teachers. He was the only relatively unattached man most of us had ever known. But Mr., Rice had let it get around that his heart was given to a lady from Baltimore.

"Do you suppose," I asked, as I poled the skiff, the focus of my romantic musings shifting from my own wedding day to Mr. Rice's, "do you suppose her parents oppose the marriage?"

"Why should they care?" Call, standing on the portwashboard, had sighted the head of what seemed to be a large sea terrapin and was fixing on it a fierce concentration.

I shifted the pole to starboard . We could get a pretty little price for a terrapin. of that size. The terrapin sensed the change in our direction and dove straight through the eelgrass into the bottom mud, but: Call "had the net waiting, so that when the old bull hit his hiding place, he was yanked to the surface and deposited into a waiting pail. Call grunted with satisfaction. We might make as much as fifty cents on that one catch, ten times the price of a soft blue crab. got some mysterious illness and doesn't want to be a burden to him."

"Who?"

"Mr. Rice's finance." I had picked up the word, but not the pronunciation from my reading. It was not in the spoken vocabulary of most islanders.

"His what?"

"The woman he's engaged to marry, stupid."

"How come you think she's sick?"

"Something is delaying the consumption of their union."

Jerked his head around to give me one of his looks, but the washboards of a skiff are a precarious perat best, so he didn't stare long enough to waste time or risk a dunking. He left me to what he presumed to be my looniness and gave his attention to the eelgrass. We were a good team on the water. I could pole a skiff quickly and quietly, and nearsighted as he was he could spy a crab by just a tip of the claw through grass and muck. He rarely missed one, and he knew I wouldn't jerk or swerve at the wrong moment. I'm sure that's why he stuck with me. I stuck with him not only because we could work well together, but because our teamwork was so automatic that I was free to indulge my romantic fantasies at the same time. That this part of my nature was wasted on Call didn't matter. He didn'thave any friends but me, so he wasn't likely to repeat what I said to someone who might snicker. Call himself never laughed.

I thought of it as a defect in his character that I must try to correct, so I told him jokes. "Do you know why radio announcers have tiny hands?"

"Huh?"

"Wee paws for station identification," I would whoop.

"Yeah?"

"Don't you get it, Call? Wee paws. Wee Paws." I let go the pole to shake my right hand at him. "You know, little hands-paws."

"You ain't never seen one."

"One What?"

"One radio announcer."

"No."

"Then how do you know how big their hands are?"

"I don't. It's a joke, Call."

"I don't see how it can be a joke if you don't even know if they have big hands or little hands. Suppose they really have big hands. Then you ain't even telling the truth. Then what happens to your joke?"

It's just a joke, Call. It doesn't matter whether it's true or not."

"It matters to me. Why should a person think a"

"Never mind, Call. It doesn't matter."

But he went on, mumbling like a little old preacher about the importance of truth and how you couldn't trust radio announcers anymore.

You'd think I'd give up, but I didn't.

"Call, did you hear about the lawyer, the dentist, and the p-sychiatrist who died and went to heaven?"

"Was it a airplane crash."

"No, Call. It's a joke...

Jacob Have I Loved SNY. Copyright © by Katherine Paterson. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2008

    Kayla, a bookworm and 8th grade student

    This story is a bittersweet tale of persistence and patience in a time of despair. Sara Louise Bradshaw portrays a girl who never quite got what she deserved. She was a hard worker, obedient daughter, and benevolent friend. But her sister takes all the glory with her melodic voice and charming disposition. Throughout her life, Sara lived in the shadow of her younger sister. The book's plot revolves around Sara and her struggle to become her own person. The end result is satisfying and rewarding. I would surely recommend this book to any potential buyers.

    12 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2012

    A stunn In g A beautiful coming of age story

    As someone who has read thousands of books, it can take a lot for me to reccomend a book, but this novel is beautiful. I found this book on my book shelf last summer and instantly fell in love with it. Katerine Patterson has a beautiful way with words that will make you want more. A truly wonderful, yet sad book. I highly reccomend.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2007

    LOVE IT!!!

    I read this book back when I was in the 6th grade and loved it. I have read it every year since then. (I am 28 now) The things she has to go through, the life she lives to finally have happiness. This is a great book and will be my favorite forever!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 5, 2011

    Absolute, Deep-Down Excellence

    As an avid reader, a bit of a poet, a lover of slow truths, a daughter, a sister, and a girl on the brink of adulthood... I love everything about this book.
    Katherine Paterson is easily my favorite author-- in her writing, she somehow finds a way to marry all that is so present in a certain age, a certain time.. That uncomfortable feel of seagrass you can feel itching against your skin, that time when nothing is right before life starts... It's beautiful. I think it's probably one of her best works.
    A definite read for any real reader

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2012

    Love Love Love

    I read this book as a teen and couldnt put it down. My Aunt this book for me and she could not have picked a better book for me!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    Reall good, i loved it

    I really liked this book... nice plot... very descriptive... i reccomend for an advanced 4th grade reading level :)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2013

    Etan

    Hey

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2013

    Jade

    To bad loser we r over bye ugly

    1 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2012

    not all that great

    I had to read a newbery book for school, so i picked this one. It was a little disappointing. It was hard to get into and was slow. I got a quarter of the way through rhe book and nothing happened so i dropped it just like that. Maybe i didnt get to it, but there was no interesting happenings that made me want to keep reading. Very emotional and deep thoug.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 2, 2011

    great book

    i think this book was awesome. at first it is shaky and uneven and you might not even understand but it was a great book. i am only 13 and i loved it

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2014

    This book is one of my favorite coming-of-age stories. The beaut

    This book is one of my favorite coming-of-age stories. The beautiful setting, along with the deep characters make it a very satisfying read. Of course-duh- I loved the ending the most, which might sound like I was ready for it to be done,but no. I highly recommend this book. I think a five star rating is overrated, but a four star is perfect for this book. So go grab a copy of Jacob Have I Loved and curl up in bed with a cup of hot tea. Be prepared! You won't be able to put it down :)
    If you like/love this book you might like,
    I Capture the Castle
    Jane Eyre
    Cold Comfort Farm (it's a good movie too, but read the book first)
    Up A Road Slowly  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2014

    Singularity says...

    I read this as a young person and have read it again and again since. I can never quite get past the beauty of this story...painful and difficult in exactly the manner to touch many young people. The book is timeless.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2014

    my name is nick messina and i really enjoyed reading this book.

    my name is nick messina and i really enjoyed reading this book. i have read it for my 12th grade high school english class. i find this book to be quite entertaining. when i saw the title i knew it would be a sweet story and one filled with loved and life lessons. i was right, jacob have i loved really shows the contrast between good and evil. i really love the  way it accurately depicts human emotion and thoughts.   

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2014

    This is for jacob my butt buddy

    Jacob is great and he is my mail man

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2013

    Anonymos

    I borrowed this book from the library and it is really confusing and to me boring. I really dont recomend this book. For 6 dollars it is not worth it. It goes back and forth between her past and her current life for like the first three or four chapters. It was very hard for me to understand but mabyit is my age i am only 13 but what do i know. If you want to get it go right ahead and completley ignore me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2013

    How old to read this book you ask?

    You should be in the ages10-100

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2013

    Anonymous

    Pretty good:)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2013

    Really good book - Could not put it daown

    I can understand why this was an award winner. The story touched me in so many ways.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2013

    Great read

    Very good book

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