At breakfast, I sit at the table and work on three things:
1. A bowl of Rice Krispies with sliced banana on top
2. My courage
3. How exactly to tell Mom I'm moving to the roof.
Joyce is desperate to get out of the room she shares with her older sister. Her solution? She moves to the roof. Up there it's nothing but blue sky and...another roof dweller? With the help of a pair of binoculars, a sketch pad, and a pen, Joyce soon makes an unexpected friend and sets in motion a summer she'll never forget.
Praise for Jelly Bean Summer:
"Joyce's wit and unique view will make you LOL well when you aren't crying." Girls Life Magazine
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I have read several of Joyce Magnin's adult fiction books but this was my first juvenile fiction. This was set in one of my favorite time periods. It took me back to my own childhood and a time when things were much simpler than today. Joyce Ann's family is much like my own--hard-working and doing what needs to be done to get by. They are struggling with their son Bud being MIA in Vietnam and it has impacted the whole family. Elaine, the middle child, is portrayed as being self-centered. I think this book accurately reflects the animosity between siblings in our everyday lives as well. It was tragic when Jelly Bean was "murdered" but the ending brought a smile and warm feeling inside. I will definitely be recommending this book to juvenile readers!
Oh man, Jelly Bean Summer by Joyce Magnin took me back to my youth of wanting to escape unpleasant realities and to feel a sense of doing something worthwhile. And like Joyce Anne, I spent many nights staring at the starry sky. Heck, I still do! And even though the story takes place during the time of the Vietnam War, kids today can still relate to soldiers, some family or friends, going MIA because of our current international wars. Now let me tell you, this isn’t a war story. Oh no, it’s about making unlikely friendships and getting past mutual sorrows. But most importantly, it’s about finding a purpose and to know you made a difference in someone’s life. This book made me laugh. Oh, and this book made me cry. But never did I stop cheering for Joyce Anne to continue with her funny flying saucer mission. Yep, I said flying saucer. Truly, I dare you to pick up Jelly Bean Summer to find out what I mean!