Jake and Lily are twins. Every year on their birthday they have a dream. The same dream. But this year things have changed. Jake and Lily aren’t the best friends they used to be. Jake’s pulling away, spending time with a gang of bicycle-riding, mischief-making guys from the neighborhood. Lily’s left in the dust, moping and wishing she were included.
But Jake and Lily have been given a journal, and even with all their disagreements, they’re still writing back and forth. And maybe, just maybe, telling their story will show them a way back to friendship.
You know Jerry Spinelli for his numerous books, like Newbery medal winner Maniac Magee and Newbery honor book Wringer. He’s also the author of Stargirl, I Can Be Anything! (perfect for grads), and Milkweed (my personal Spinelli favorite). As you can see, he knows his stuff.
This is a sweet story for any child with a sibling. It’s a delightful tale about growing up (just a little), keeping hold of the joys of childhood, and, ultimately, staying true to yourself. Hand this one to your reader who’s devouring chapter books–it’s the perfect pre-summer read!
Jake and Lily by Jerry Spinelli; HarperCollins; 15.99; Ages 8-10