The unforgettable, heartwarming and deeply moving, coming-of-age story of an unlikely friendship and what it takes to discover one's greatness.
Jesse, a rambunctious, 5th grade loner, has an intelligence and imagination that has always made him appear awkward. An "everyman," with ever-changing mood and grace, he develops a bond with the beautiful and infinitely more popular Khalilah that only tragedy can rip apart
Using the shape shifting metamorphosis of caterpillars - from craving, crawling, earthbound creatures, to graceful winged beauties - it is a powerful story about life, love, and faith that organically expands and becomes more emotionally complex with each turning page.
"It gives you the ability to reach higher ground and keep climbing. Gave me hope and showed there were possibilities in life." Oprah Winfrey
"The book is so pure!" says Hollywood Writer/Dir., Tim Chey, "I read it in ONE sitting and absolutely LOVED IT. It's as engaging as it is valuable."
"Jesse is the Charlie Brown for the next generation." M. Williams CA Science Center
Bold, beautiful, perceptive and raw, this transcendent work, takes you deep inside the mind of an insightful character whose saving grace is talking to himself. The story will make you laugh, cry and question, "When the age of innocence is lost, how do you rebuild what remains?"
Jesse is a hero for all ages. One who proves that, "When there's greatness inside, who says you can't fly?"
*Academic Language and Common Core Standards aligned.
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About the Author
"A strong, vital, and progressive society cannot be made unless people create it together. We are free to examine limits, but we have to be motivated by recognizing that there are none."
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
What I loved most about this book was the inner dialogue of Jesse! I felt like I was inside his head. Absolutely loved it!
This book was excellent! I highly recommend it.
I initially purchased this book for my son, but the cover was so interesting I started reading it and couldn't put it down. It reminds me of the Catcher in the Rye that I read in high school. The main character, Jesse's subconscious text is amazing. I like how the author really gets into the mind of him. I also like the fact that it was about a kid with mental or physical deformities. He was a somewhat normal kid who had many of the same problems I had growing up and trying to find where I fit in. I highly recommend this book. It made me laugh and cry. By the way, my son is halfway through it and he loves it too. Bravo Mr. Braxton!