Jason and Marceline

Jason and Marceline

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by Jerry Spinelli

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Jason and Marceline have been friends since the end of seventh grade. Now in ninth grade, Jason's starting to think that they could be more than friends, and Marceline's starting to think so, too. But does the beginning of romance mean the end of their friendship?


Jason and Marceline have been friends since the end of seventh grade. Now in ninth grade, Jason's starting to think that they could be more than friends, and Marceline's starting to think so, too. But does the beginning of romance mean the end of their friendship?

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Jason Herkimer and Marceline McAllister have been friends since Space Station Seventh Grade, though Marceline embarasses Jason with her trombone playing, goofy sunglasses and general refusal to conform. Thus, Jason is surprised to find himself in love with Marcelineand even more surprised when she rejects him. He indulges in sort of macho behavior until being part of the crowd is no longer satisfying. One day in the lunch line, a naive seventh grader, Rudy, starts choking. When Jason saves him using the Heimlich maneuver, Rudy grabs him in a grateful hug and won't let go. Jason is horrified at first because everyone in the cafeteria is watching, but understanding Rudy's terror, he gently hugs him back. Marceline is touched by Jason's kindness. They are reconciled, and their friendship/romance is ready to move to a new level. Spinelli's teenagers are fresh and funny, sometimes crude, sometimes poignant, and always very real. Jason's story will have readers rejoicing in recognition as he learns to accept himself and others. (12-up)
Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
Newbery Award-winner Spinelli's sequel to Space Station Seventh Grade is in Zindel's Pigman tradition, but decidedly raunchier as ninth-grader Jason Herkimer struggles to deal with peer pressure and sex. Humor and heartbreak up against hormones.
School Library Journal
Gr 7-9 Jason Herkimer, the star of Spinelli's Space Station Seventh Grade (Little, 1982) is now in ninth grade and anxious to tell readers about his burgeoning sexuality and his romance with Marceline McAllister. While all of his friends seem to be scoring direct hits with their first loves, Jason is not certain where or how to begin, and his X-rated mind has to cope with a girl who thinks kissing is quite enough for now. Meanwhile, the steam rises from seemingly endless torrid stories of sexual conquests all about him. Spinelli has achieved a sort of reputation as a bad-boy of juvenile letters, and here he moves into previously untouched areaslots of hickeys, sperm, and hormones. It's all done for laughs, and Spinelli can be very funny, if very crude. Some adults will shudder or sputter over this one, but YAs will love it. It's a quick, witty read, and even the print is big. Robert Unsworth, Scarsdale Junior High School Library, N.Y.

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Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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A Jason Herkimer Novel Series
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5.00(w) x 7.25(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Jerry Spinelli is the author of over fifteen immensely popular books for young readers, including Eggs, Stargirl, Space Station Seventh Grade, Newbery Honor winner Wringer, and Maniac Magee, winner of more than fifteen state children's book awards in addition to the Newbery Medal. He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife, Eileen. His website is www.jerryspinelli.com.

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Jason and Marceline 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There was laughter there was tears and a lot of dirty and unecessary language. Its a book for mature readers. I only would recommend it to those who enjoy a good laugh and are used to this particular type of language. But I have to admit, the tone and voice in this story did not let me put it down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
it really captured what young love is. Of course it showed the types of social status among teenagers these days, you have the nerds, geeks, jocks, sluts, but everything a boy has on his mind in a relationship. It was a very sweet and charming book i recommend this book to anyone who is in a relationship... or has relationship problems.
Guest More than 1 year ago
it was a really good book and it tackled all the peer pressure out there and sex, hickeys, and French-kissing, etc. but it lacked an innocence, a deeper meaning, and the real over-all theme of being that age.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was really great...it was really funny and Jerry Spinelli totally knew what it was like to be a teenager!!!! Sometimes, the subjects were kinda gross, and the language was pretty bad. I would recommend this book for 12 years and up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really, really loved this book. I was pretty sad when I finished Space Station Seventh Grade, and was happy to find that there was a sequel. In this book, Jason gets his first girlfriend. It tells about their good and bad times as a couple, and about Jason's 9th and final year in junior high. I would recommend this book to anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i thought the language in the book was offensive but still i thought it was a good book...
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that this book is perfect!! it absolutly details what a teen really does these days and really details all the pressure we get from friends!! I am reading it for the second time cuz its sooooo good!! Its a book that you actually want to read!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I have ever read! I think it is the best description of a teenager's life. It shows what kind of pressure we have from everyone including our parents, fellow students, teachers, and ourselves. I recommend this book for ages 12 or 13 up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not for kids over 83 some verry verry good nice wordes see you all by
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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