Jody J. Little: Mostly the Honest Truth

Ow Jane and seeing her grow closer to everyone in Three Boulders T A friend gave me an ARC f this book and I must say that I absolutely loved it From the moment I started reading I was hooked I finished the book in two days I would have finished it in The Life of Saint Philip Neri one sitting if I had not had to go to workThis book stars Jane Pengilly who is in foster care and just wants to be reunited with her dad This book features real life issues and struggles ie alcoholism and everything is presented from a sensitive and understanding perspective The book was a great read and was funny compassionate and fullf mysteryOne f the things I loved most about the book was the writing style f the author the expressions she used and her descriptions For exampleman pawsdigging in her brain for the right wordsthere sitting in a rickety rocking chair next to the door was the ldest dude I d ever seen And he was sound asleep Or maybe dead Mrs Biggs pened the door and in stepped the ancient dude from the porch I guess he wasn t deadI loved the story Also I did not guess the ending When the mystery came I only Like the Fingers of the Guy I Hate, Vol. 1 out I was just as surprised as the audience I am a teacher and am looking forward to sharing this book with studentsther middle grade readers in my life and even adult friends Amazing author amazing story I can t wait to read The Whistle Pig other books by Jody J Little Jane is fiercely devoted to her Pop She can get through twelve day stints in foster care so he can get better she knows they are the perfect pair When she arrives at the peculiar Three Boulders community she expects this time to be like all thethers but it s definitely not the case when she arrives with a serious wrist injury She d rather not talk about it and just get through the time without a fuss however the people she meets are kind school is interesting activities are fun and the food is delicious she just might let her guard down I loved this charmingly tender debut novel by Jody J Little as it tackled hard subjects in a thoughtful and meaningful way emphasizing that you don t have to go at it alone and to never lose hope E ARC from Edelweiss PlusAfter Jane injures her hand when her father is passed ut drunk she is sent to temporary foster care for the fourth time this time with Officer D whom she befriended previously Officer D lives in a collaborative community called Three Boulders that is far from town and has a kibbutz like system for jobs and caring for the young After making friends with G and the ther children in the community Jane is still counting the days 12 total until she can be with her Pop again uestions arise about how the inj. He hospital after an accident with her father she's taken to Three Boulders a non traditional foster home where she waits for him.

More like a 35 stars I liked the story and the family aspects f it but there were a few things I had problems with This debut novel for grades 4 6 is a must have for libraries with high circulation numbers for authors like Joan Bauer Cynthia Lord Lisa Graff and Barbara O Connor 11 year ld Jane is not like most kids her age and Church Planting Is for Wimps: How God Uses Messed-Up People to Plant Ordinary Churches That Do Extraordinary Things often finds herself in foster care for 12 day stints as her dad goes in andut A Stepdaughter In Heat of rehab But she and Pop are like a matched pairf socks and must stay together However this 12 day separation is different Foster mom Officer D genuinely cares for her her home in Three Boulders is unlike any place Jane has ever lived in r ever heard f And this time she has a badly injured hand and a secret Readers will cry with and root for Jane her new friend Gertie and even Pop Highly recommended with absolutely no reservations due to content Mostly the Honest Truth is such a feel good story about realizing that family doesn t have to be blood Jane is a spunky girl who finds herself at a community called Three Boulders while her Pop is back in rehab Rufus on another 12 day sprint to get dry again Jane goes to Three Boulder with the idea that she will just be present get through her 12 days and go back to Pop for some not so good Pop and Jane days again but the universe has a different idea I love the friendships that transpire in the story and the relationships between family This is a story I know my 5th graders will enjoy kidlitexchange partner kidlitexchange Thank you for thepportunity to preview this free review copy that comes ut in March All pinions are my You Are a Miserable Excuse for a Hero!: Book One in the Just Make a Choice! Series own I absolutely devoured this book Coming from a family very similar to this I can attest to the authenticityf Jane s thoughts and feelings The weight f Jane s situation is something that no kid should have to go through but has to all the time just the same Too many kids have unhealthy relationships with alcoholic parents and they never get the chance to see the light But Jane s story ffers hope Hope that there are Women and Social Work: Towards a Woman-Centered Practice othersut there like you Hope that things can change Hope that you don t have to be alone in your struggles and that sometimes it s best to tell the honest truth instead f the half truths that never give the full story I m so happy that Jane s story ended n the hopeful note that it did I have to admit I was a little worried with what Jane s honest truth was going to be and I was very relieved that I was wrong I wholeheartedly recommend this book being bought for all middle school libraries Little knocks it ut f the park with this Sins of Treachery one 35I really enjoyed this novel and getting to kn. HarperCollins has bought teacher Jody Little's debut middle grade novel Mostly the Honest Truth When 11 yearld Jane ends up in

Ury really ccurred however and after being visited by a social worker Jane manages to get to town and visit her father There are problems with Three Boulders as well since the elderly founder wants to sell the land to pay for his end f life care Jane is desperate to get back together with Pop although she starts to realize that it might not be in her best interest to do so With the help and support My Grandfather's Prison: A Story of Death and Deceit in 1940s Kansas City of Officer D and thether members f Three Boulders Jane starts to put together a new expectation for normalStrengths I was really intrigued by the idea f temporary foster care and the idea Whos Next? Guess Who! of a commune type community in the modern day Officer D is a supportive and caring foster parent and hearing about former placements Jane had was interesting as well It was good to see Jane make a friend right away and realistic that she wanted to get back to her father as soon as possible Weaknesses The Three Boulders community was interesting but a bitdd and I kept expecting something else to happen with it like the residents were all really space aliens They weren t but something about the whole set up put me n edge Jane s injuries had a hidden horrific cause that might be traumatic for students younger than fifth grade to read aboutWhat I really think I prefer Galante s excellent Strays Like Us is and I also have a number f Papi's Gift other books with character in foster care including One for the Murphys Gill s Scarlet Ibis Carter s Foreverr a Long Long Time Davis Peas and Carrots Every Shiny Thing and Little Bits f Sky This had an dd vibe to it so I may pass I have a decent number Flash Fiction Forward: 80 Very Short Stories of students who are themselves in foster care but I usually never know this until they leave so I try to be careful about the books I have depicting variationsf this experience I enjoyed this book so much The MC Jane is sweet brave charming and mostly truthful And if she s not enough グライネリエ 1 [Grainerie 1] on herwn which she most definitely is the supporting cast f characters is ne f the best I ve seen The town she finds herself temporarily stuck in is called Three Boulders and it is small in size but huge in charm I kind f want to live there myself This book will make you smile laugh and cry It s really a wonderful read and that s the truth The honest truth is that I loved this warm heartfelt book Jane is a wonderful main character extremely protective The First Socialist Society: A History of the Soviet Union from Within of her alcoholic father After an accident and investigation Jane is placed in communal foster care I loved the descriptionsf Three Boulders and would love to go there and meet all the characters I grew to love Beautiful themes The Coming Revolution in Youth Ministry of family and learning topen up to File Under: Arson others. To getut Wicked Sense of rehab There Jane discovers secrets about herself and the true meaningf family Publication is slated for winter 201.

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