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Fiction Ages 9-12
Pages: 112
Themes: death, grief, alienation, friendship
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/Mar/2007
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At thirteen, Jenevieve has some life issues, some death issues, and some everything-in-between issues. Her mother is dead, she's an outcast at school, her dad's an idiot and her little brother can be pretty annoying. Aunt Guin, who appears to be a bit "reality challenged," turns up just in time to rescue J from a fate worse than death—summer camp. Aunt Guin and her friend Art take J to a decrepit beach-front house where J is expected to sleep outside, eat healthy food and help with the renovations.When she escapes to the nearby sand dunes, she meets a boy named Connor and joins him in his search for a mythical dance hall buried in the dunes.

VOYA - April 1, 2007
"The novel has some great dialogue and descriptions...middle school girls will enjoy the short chapters, continuous wordplay and happy endings."
Globe & Mail - March 31, 2007
"Frizzell's prose is engaging and well-crafted...a reader can't help but connect with J."
KLIATT - March 1, 2007
"J is a force to be reckoned with...girls will enjoy [her] spunky personality and her unwillingness to give in to the emotions that rip through her."
CM Magazine - March 1, 2007
"Unique in voice and setting, and there is an unabashed emotional truth to J that resonates throughout and keeps one turning the pages. Recommended."

Awards

OLA Best Bets  | 2008 | Commended
CCBC Best Books starred selection  | 2008 | Commended

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