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Come Sing, Jimmy Jo Hardcover – April 30, 1985


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Juvenile; 1st edition (April 30, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525671676
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525671671
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,361,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

James (stage-named Jimmy Jo) has a rough time handling his fame when he starts to perform with his country-western singing family. Ages 10-up.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

Grade 5-8-James Johnson has been raised in West Virginia by his Grandma, while his Mother (Olive), Father (Jerry Lee), Grandpa, and Uncle Earl have been out pickin' and singin' country music at tent meetings, picnics, family reunions, etc. Grandma gave her place in the band to Olive when she joined the family. Now 11, James sings only with Grandma. After returning from their most recent trip, the family argues over whether or not to hire a manager. Eddie Switten visits the house and hears James singing. James has "the gift," and it doesn't take Switten long to see that James should play a part in the family's band. They get a six month contract with a TV show, Country Time, in Virginia and move there, leaving Grandma at home. James' name is changed to Jimmy Jo, and Olive becomes Keri Su. Although James becomes the star of the band and has many adoring fans, he is behind in his new school, doesn't have any friends, and doesn't want anyone to know about his singing. It's hard to keep that a secret, since some of the students have seen him on TV and there is a story in the newspaper about him. Linda Stephens narrates the book by Katherine Paterson (Lodestar, 1985) with a variety of southern voices and even sings a bit of the songs. Her narration is clear and distinct. This audio version gives new life to a book that might have lost some popularity over the years.
Rachelle Shollenberger, A.D. Eisenhower Middle School, Norristown, PA
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

More About the Author

Katherine Paterson has twice won both the Newbery Medal and the National Book Award. She received the 1998 Hans Christian Andersen Medal as well as the 2006 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award for the body of her work. An active promoter of reading and literacy, she lives with her husband, John, in Barre, Vermont. They have four children and seven grandchildren. Visit Katherine Paterson on her web site at www.terabithia.com

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 4, 1999
Format: Hardcover
"Come Sing, Jimmy Jo" was about an eleven year old star who sings with his family. I thought it was a really great book mainly because it was actually a fictional story and while reading it, it seemed very real to me. The author presented an amazing use of vocabulary in the book, also. I really enjoyed the way the book detailed greatly on the way James (Jimmy Jo) was feeling at certain times, such as his sense of stage fright and how angry he got when Keri Su and Earl stole his and his daddy's song. My favorite part would have to be when Eleazer Jones took him out in the boat. I thought it was a nice thing for him to do. I also enjoyed learning about the close relationship between Jame and his grandmother. All in all, it was a great book.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Anne Lewis-Russ on March 10, 2005
Format: Paperback
Come Sing, Jimmy Jo deals with tough topics. Caution is advised when presenting this book to a child to read. The book offers innuendos that will be more understandable to adults than most children readers. These include an affair between his mother and her brother-in-law and a mother's jealousy of her son's success (more obvious to kids). But what will be most obvious to young readers is that James' daddy, who he idolizes, is not his father. This is revealed to him by a scary stranger who turns out to be his father.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 20, 2002
Format: Paperback
Katherine Paterson's book, "Come Sing, Jimmy Jo" tells a wonderful story, and really brings the characters to life. In this novel there are many triumphs and truths to overcome for one small, eleven year old boy. Jimmy Jo Johnson is really, James Johnson, a boy who was raised on a farm in West Virginia by his grandmother. Here he develops a gift of music. At the age of eleven he is a wonderful singer and guitar player. His family is in the business of singing and because of him they get a chance to play for a TV show.
After Jimmy Jo and his family find some sort of fame, things start to change. How his family members really feel about his success, and their singing careers. All in all, this book is a great book, which shows the true characters and feelings that often exist in family's who sing together. Jimmy Jo Johnson goes through a lot, with his mother, school, and when he finds out some interesting news. Jimmy Jo really finds out the people he can trust, and how life in the city really works. As his life changes, so does he, and along the way he discovers many things. I think his hidden friendship with Eleazer Jones is one of the best parts of this book.
End the end things work out for him, the best they can when any family faces problems. So without trying to give the whole book away, this was a very good read, and the author did a wonderful job, showing the real-life of this boy and his singing family
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A Kid's Review on December 2, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book is off the chain.James he does not want to be famous.But because of his family he has no choice.But he loves his grandma and thats the only person who he sings for.This book is the BOM ! ! !
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