Spitting Imageby Shutta Crum
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Twelve-year-old Jessie K. Bovey has a lot to worry about. She doesn’t know who her father is; her old biddy of a grandmother keeps interfering in her life; her best friend, Robert, desperately needs new glasses that his family can’t afford; and mean Dickie Whitten teases Robert until Jessie has no choice but to punch him out.
When some New York City reporters show up in Beulah County to research a story about the War on Poverty, Jessie sees a way to solve one of her problems. She can charge money for showing the reporters around town so they can take pictures of the “local color” and use it to help pay for Robert’s glasses. But her plan backfires spectacularly, and Jessie learns some big lessons—and some big secrets as well.
A small Kentucky town and its quirky inhabitants are vividly evoked in Shutta Crum’s warm, atmospheric coming-of-age story, which handles multiple serious themes with a light touch.
March 1, 2003
March 18, 2003
"Narrated by a chamingly unpolished character...truly memorable characters abound...absorbing plot with an uplifting ending. A remarkable first novel." SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL, STARRED REVIEW
School Library Journal, Starred
"...engaging and believable narrative voice...developed most eloquently...tender touches of the loving characters embrace both Jessie and the reader." THE BULLETIN OF THE CENTER FOR CHILDREN'S BOOKS The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"... a great job of humanizing the backwoods stereotypes...family story...compelling drama...told with truth, tears, laughter, and real surprise." BOOKLIST Booklist, ALA
"distinct characters...Jessie's spirit and determination drive the plot...her cover portrait will draw readers; her voice will intrigue them." KIRKUS REVIEWS Kirkus Reviews
"Feisty, thoroughly appealing narrator...engrossing reading...authentic, resounding voice...humorous...heart-wrenching...an affecting portrait of memorable characters in trying times." PUBLISHERS WEEKLY Publishers Weekly
- Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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- Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
- NOOK Book
- File size:
- 396 KB
- Age Range:
- 10 - 12 Years
Meet the Author
Shutta Crum, formerly a librarian, currently writes full time. Among other picture books, she is the author Thunder-Boomer (Clarion), which received four starred reviews, was nominated for a Cybil Award, and was an SLJ Best Book, a Smithsonian Magazine Notable Book, and an ALA Notable Book. Shutta was born in Paintsville, Kentucky, and lives with her husband in Michigan. Her website is www.shutta.com.
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This book is beyond wow i checked it out of my library at school. Even the first few pages were good
Spitting Image by Shutta Crum was a very laid back book. It is a realistic fiction book, taking place in Baylor, Kentucky. I honestly only picked the book because of the cover; there was an interesting look to the cover, and when I read the back it sounded interesting. Jessica Bovey isn't an average 12 year old; she gets picked on by a bully and his friends that live in her neighborhood. She grows up not knowing who her dad is, and she is very surprised when she finds out who it was. In Baylor, people have drug addictions and don't have "the best" life, and one of those people is her best friend, Robert. His dad has a bad alcohol addiction, and he is afraid to take in money because his dad might steal it. As his eyesight grows weaker, he doesn't have enough money to buy new glasses. I thought the book could be better. Throughout the book I always thought something was going to happen, and it just dragged on some more. My favorite character was Baby Blue, Robert's little brother. He goes to random houses in the neighborhood to eat when he's hungry. I was disappointed at the end, where finally everything was solved in the last pages, and it just ended. Better things could have happened in the plot. My favorite thing about the book is the main struggle- Jessica finding the family of her dad's side. Although it took most of the book for her to find him, I was still surprised. I also like the main lesson of the book: Keep trying. Jessica has many struggles, but she keeps trying until she solves them. I thought the book could be better. I would only encourage people who like slow moving plots to read this book.
this is a really good book. It talks about a 12 year old girl, jessie kay bovey, who is very brave and always stands up for heself:)
Spitting Image was a terrific story with a spunky, likable main character. I read this book very quickly, it kept my interest. I would love to suggest it to young teens -up because of the mature ending.