Just Jack

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Jack knows LOTS about starting a new school. Since Dad left, he and his mum have moved house five times. He also knows all about fitting in. The trick is to act exactly like everyone else and make sure no one ever notices him.

But it's hard work trying to be something he isn't and Jack doesn't have any good friends. That is, until Tyler comes along. Tyler is funny and different and might be the key to getting Jack to realise that although he is brilliant at pretending to be other people, the very best thing he can be is . . . JUST JACK. 

My Thoughts

It's not easy fitting in at a new school. It's even harder to be yourself. Just Jack is a warm, funny story with great characters and lots of layers as well as some really wacky sandwich recipes!

As with Kate Scott's previous novel Giant, there is a lot more to this little book than a fun plot. The author gently weaves sensitive subjects through the storyline such as divorce, identity, letting go, moving on and 'fitting in' leaving the reader wondering, is the safe option always the best one?

Jack, the narrator, tells us "starting a new school is like walking into a jungle with eat me on your neck". The same could be said of so many of life's challenges and while Just Jack is a story any and every child will enjoy, if you have or know one whose life has recently changed, this is an absolute must read for them.

The book is beautifully produced with some funny and some heart tugging illustrations from Alex Gunn.

All in all, a lovely read.


My copy of Just Jack will now go a local school library as part of the fabulous BookBuddy initiative. If you are a teacher, or a prolific reader with books to spare, do check it out and help to share the joy of reading.)

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Teachers - have you discovered @BookPenPals? A new initiative pairing authors & illustrators with schools to make reading recommendations via postcards. They're pretty oversubscribed, but if you're interested it might be worth getting your name on the waiting list. They have some fabulous authors on board.