Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.

Your Move, J.P.!

Your Move, J.P.!

4.7 4
by Lois Lowry

See All Formats & Editions

Lowry's third novel about J.P. and his sister has J.P. in love and doing all sorts of weird things, such as wearing deodorant and even telling a lie to impress Angela.


Lowry's third novel about J.P. and his sister has J.P. in love and doing all sorts of weird things, such as wearing deodorant and even telling a lie to impress Angela.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Lowry articulates her hapless hero's thoughts in words more witty than he could imagine . . . at the same time she keeps the narrative and dialogue spontaneous, natural, and humorous." The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
J.P. Tate, age 12, is in love for the first time. But not with just anybody: he's in love with the exquisitely beautiful Angela Patricia Galsworthy, who has just moved to America from London. J.P. is so infatuated that he will go to any lengths to impress Angela: he tells her, in fact, that he has a very rare, fatal disease called triple framosis. The boy's seemingly inconsequential lie takes on major proportions when he learns that Angela's father is a specialist in genetic disorders and is interested in J.P.'s case. When he suddenly realizes that Angela is just another girl, it is too late to untangle himself gracefully from his web of lies. In both Switcharound and The One Hundredth Thing About Caroline , J.P.'s antics are funny and refreshing. But while certain incidents in Lowry's latest tale of J.P. are highly entertaining, this story lacks some of the spark and originality of her earlier works. Ages 8-12. (Apr.)
School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-- The dilemma confronting J. P. Tate is of immense import: how to win the affection of his seventh - grade classmate , Angela Galsworthy, newly arrived from London. J. P.'s machinations as he grapples with the ever-growing problems created by his infatuation form the basic outline of the plot. The events and attitudes expressed would seem more appropriate for the older J. P. who appeared in the two previous offerings about the Tate family, The 100th Thing About Caroline (1983) and Switcharound (1985, both Houghton). Here, he is only 12, but he seems older than in those two books. However, the amusing banter between his 10-year-old sister, Caroline, and J. P.; the believable characters; and the realistic school setting provide pleasant, light reading for Lowry fans. Readers will empathize with J. P.'s discomfort as he is trapped by small white lies that become complicated deceptions. They will cheer him as he retains his chess champion status against tremendous odds. They will nod with satisfaction as he realizes that Angela, her pearly teeth and spun-gold hair notwithstanding, doesn't hold a candle to his old friend Hope, who comes through for him in a pinch. Even though J. P. has forsaken his ingenious electrical creations and his computer wizardry for the role of lovesick swain, his wry sense of humor, cleverness, and creativity are enough in evidence to satisfy readers of this series. --Martha Rosen, Edgewood School, Scarsdale, NY

Product Details

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
10 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Lois Lowry is known for her versatility and invention as a writer. She was born in Hawaii and grew up in New York, Pennsylvania, and Japan. After several years at Brown University, she turned to her family and to writing. She is the author of more than thirty books for young adults, including the popular Anastasia Krupnik series. She has received countless honors, among them the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award, the California Young Reader’s Medal, and the Mark Twain Award. She received Newbery Medals for two of her novels, NUMBER THE STARS and THE GIVER. Her first novel, A SUMMER TO DIE, was awarded the International Reading Association’s Children’s Book Award. Ms. Lowry now divides her time between Cambridge and an 1840s farmhouse in Maine. To learn more about Lois Lowry, see her website at www.loislowry.com

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network


Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews

4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book in 5th grade good book
Guest More than 1 year ago
cool story for kids. its short and lets u keep reading till the end
Guest More than 1 year ago
I recomend this book for girls mostly. Girls can actually see all of the struggle boys have when they like a girl.I liked this book. Kat! p.s Miss.Mibb's 6B literature class rocks!!