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JUST JAKE introduces readers to sixth-grader Jake, whose life is turned upside down when his family moves from Florida to Maryland, where Jake must adapt to a new school. Jake has always ranked the kids at school in his hand-made, humorous “Kid Cards,” and when he arrives at his new school, Jake starts building a new collection, befriending as many people as he can while staying under the radar from the school bully.  But what happens when the school bully decides Jake's next in line for annihilation ...

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Overview

JUST JAKE introduces readers to sixth-grader Jake, whose life is turned upside down when his family moves from Florida to Maryland, where Jake must adapt to a new school. Jake has always ranked the kids at school in his hand-made, humorous “Kid Cards,” and when he arrives at his new school, Jake starts building a new collection, befriending as many people as he can while staying under the radar from the school bully.  But what happens when the school bully decides Jake's next in line for annihilation and his Kid Cards get into the wrong hands?!! JUST JAKE is a genuine—and as Jake himself would say, AWESOME!—world of school, family, friends, and teachers; it’s the product of a writer talented well beyond his years.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
11/25/2013
Sixth-grader Jake Mathews is a big believer in his own “awesomeness,” something that gets put to the test when his family moves from Florida to Maryland, sending Jake to the bottom of the social totem pole. Jake’s supremely self-confident narration switches between humorous bluster, observations of sixth-grade life, and sibling give-and-take (Jake’s older sister is a force to be reckoned with). Cut-out photos with captions and doodles, faux crinkled/stained papers, and cartoon illustrations create the sense that readers are peering into Jake’s battered and heavily decorated journal. In this first book from teenage author Marcionette (who began writing it at age 12), Jake applies his “Rules for Awesomeness” to his new home and keeps track of everyone in school with “Kid Cards” (“Think baseball cards, but the team is your school and the players are your teammates”). The narration leans heavily on pop culture references and slang (honey badger, broseph, “slow your roll”) that are unlikely to age well, but Jake’s youthful exuberance shines through and keeps the story speeding ahead. Ages 8–12. Author’s agent: Dan Lazar, Writers House. (Feb.)
School Library Journal
02/01/2014
Gr 4–6—Sixth-grader Jake Mathews's popularity has gone from a rank of 10 to a low of three, when he is forced to move from Flordia to Maryland. Jake's "Awesomeness" is put to the test in his new town as he struggles to make friends and fit in; resulting in his previously unshakeable confidence beginning to crumble. Marcionette, a sixth grader himself, creates a humorous character who takes readers on an enjoyable journey as he triumphs over a bully, fights with his explosive older sister, attempts to climb back to the top of the social ladder, and finds a group of friends he calls the "misfit toys". At times, Jake's arrogance can be overwhelming, but readers will see through it and realize it is simply a yearning to be accepted. Just Jake is filled with doodles, cut out photos, rules of Awesomeness, and clever "Kid Cards." Fans of Jeff Kinney's "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" (Abrams) and Rachel Renée Russell's "Dork Diaries"(S & S) will enjoy this title.—Megan McGinnis, Sachem Public Library, Holbrook, NY
Kirkus Reviews
2013-12-07
Sixth-grader Jake Mathews' popularity has just fallen "off a cliff and [sunk] to the bottom of the ocean." That's what happens when your dad gets a new job and you're forced to change schools in the middle of the year. Despite his frequently asserted "AWESOMENESS," the move from Florida to Maryland is a blow to Jake's seemingly unshakable self-confidence. But despite an older sister with a propensity for going ballistic and an intimidating search for a regular lunch table, Jake is determined to make the steep climb back up the social ladder. This high-concept middle-grade novel appears to be aimed directly at fans of series like Diary of a Wimpy Kid (his new school's Kinney Elementary). Jake's first-person narrative looks and feels like a sixth-grader's real-time memoir, complete with water stains, doodles and examples of Jake's signature Kid Cards. Though Jake's bravado is grating at first, readers will easily relate to his desire to fit in and avoid the social land mines that litter most middle school landscapes. Unfortunately, readers are only given a brief introduction to the band of "Misfit Toys" that Jake ultimately befriends. The novel would have benefited had Jake spent a little less time on his own awesomeness and a little more time letting readers get to know his new posse. It's an eye-catching read without a whole lot of depth. (Fiction. 9-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780448466927
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 2/4/2014
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 102,077
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 820L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 6.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Jake Marcionette is in sixth grade, and lives in Maryland with his parents and sister. His favorite sport is lacrosse. JUST JAKE is his first book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2014

    I'm a retired school librarian and I loved this book. I bought

    I'm a retired school librarian and I loved this book. I bought it to share with my grandsons. The book is very creative and fun to read. I especially liked the Rules of Awesomeness. I think Just Jake will be a big hit with boys in this age group.


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  • Posted August 26, 2014

    Not very good. The vocabulary was awful! 

    Not very good. The vocabulary was awful! 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2014

    Not very good

    Too many reminders of his awesomeness. Not a good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2014

    Cute. But it gets on my nerves

    My daughter read this book and she finds it humurous. One issue, the consstants remind of awesomeness gets her annoyed. He hasn't guit "bragging" since the beggining. Your choice, but from my 12 year old daughters mind, it was not a favotite.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2014

    Just Jake

    It is good so far.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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