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Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books...an engaging and believable narrative voice...the tender touches of the loving characters embrace both Jessie and the reader...
In the small town of Baylor, Kentucky, twelve-year-old Jessie K. Bovey and her friends confront some of life's questions during their summer vacation in the late 1960s.
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"...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
Posted November 6, 2013
Posted January 25, 2011
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.
Posted May 17, 2004
Posted August 2, 2003
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.