Smack in the middle of this brood is the narrator, 9-year-old Juice Faulstich, a sweet, resilient tomboy who likes to explore and learn. She gets along well with her big and little sisters, has talent as an apprentice metalworker in her Pa's makeshift shop, and forgets every worry when she's dancing to fiddle music. She's so capable, in fact, she's the family member all the little ones look up to the most. Yet it turns out that the highly skilled Juice, who can handle everything from power tools to her Pa's depression ("We all look out for him. But I look out for him best, even Ma says so") is plagued by an inability to understand letters and reading. "No one believes me. No one believes how hard I try. No matter what I do, it's never enough," she explains.
With wonderfully gentle narrative pacing, Just Juice weaves together a compelling plot that involves Juice's learning challenges, Ma's suddenly difficult pregnancy, and a pending foreclosure on the family house due to unpaid taxes. It may sound bleak, yet in Hesse's able hands the Faulstich clan remains hopeful, creative, and kind with one another throughout--almost even more so when things seem the darkest. This fine book abounds with memorable and true images of family love, personal perseverance, and unexpected, effervescent breakthroughs. (Ages 8 and older) --Jean Lenihan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
It is an excellent book and one of the few really well written chapter books on the market. A great read for child's. And families alike.Published 16 months ago by Debbie East
Hesse, Karen. (1998). Just Juice. New York: Scholastic Press.
Literary Genre: Realistic Fiction (Chapter Book)
The Faulstich family is going through a hard time. Read more
Read this for school, but I couldn't stand reading 15-20 pgs per day. I had read the entire book when everybody else was on Chapter 5 ;)
Juice, the middle of five sisters,... Read more
Just Juice was actually a book recommended by and editor at an SCBWI conference long ago. Praised by this editor for its opening line, I purchased the book right away and wasn't... Read morePublished on September 15, 2009 by Whatcha Reading Now?
Dear Karen Hesse,
Just Juice was a great book!It also taught me 3 lessons!You should try this book to have a fun time reading books. Read more
This is the first book I have read by Karen Hesse, and it probably won't be the last.
I am a sixth-grade reading teacher for struggling readers, many of whom are English... Read more
Have you ever felt worrried for your parents? To stupid to be at school? thats exacly how Juice the unfortunet pooor girl feels because of family troubles and does not have the... Read morePublished on November 5, 2005
I think Just Juice was an interesting book because Just Juice had a lot of action and Just Juice never got boring. Read morePublished on August 11, 2003
Hi. I am Ali B. and I am 12 years old. I enjoy reading Karen Hesse's books because they are really full of energy and everything. Although I hated The Music of Dolphins... Read morePublished on June 11, 2002