- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 7
- Lexile Measure: 550L (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 128 pages
- Publisher: Tricycle Press (October 13, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1582462860
- ISBN-13: 978-1582462868
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.6 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,631,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I Am Jack (I am Jack #1) Hardcover – October 13, 2009
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Gr 1-4-This Australian import is about bullying, but it's also about friendship, shifting family structure, and the school experience. George Hamel knows each and every one of Jack's tender spots. He tells Jack that nobody would marry his mum. That his dad left because of him. And after Jack makes a joke about him, George has the whole school chanting "Butt Head" every time Jack walks by. Jack tries to hide. He makes sure he is late to school, hangs out in the library at lunch, and wears his swimsuit under his pants so he will not have to change before gym class. He wants to tell his mother what is going on, but doesn't want to worry her. After all, she is working two shifts just to make ends meet. Most of Jack's friends fade into the distance so as not to be associated with him, but his neighbor Anna ends up telling her folks about the bullying, and soon a plan is set in motion to get Jack some help. Illustrations appear throughout this easy chapter book. While the message comes through clearly, it's lightened by Jack's antics and jokes. A welcome addition to books on the topic such as Andrew Clements's Jake Drake, Bully Buster (S & S, 2001) and Laurie Myer's Surviving Brick Johnson (Clarion, 2000).-Stacy Dillon, LREI, New York Cityα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Despite his lame jokes and his attempts to keep things normal, 11-year-old Jack has a serious bully problem. At first his mother, preoccupied with her job and her boyfriend, seems too busy to have the heart-to-heart talk Jack needs (and too unimaginative to wonder if something’s wrong). Eventually, Jack is ostracized at school, where even “nice guys” can’t afford to be friends any more. When the school is alerted, they respond with an anti-bullying program and support for Jack as he gradually regains his place among the students. Written in short sentences, Jack’s first-person narrative offers a believable account of a generally upbeat kid whose life slowly comes to be dominated by a problem that is too big for him to handle alone. There’s a clear lesson here about the role of schools in combating bullying, but that message doesn’t dominate. Cartoonlike drawings help keep the tone of the story relatively light. First published in Australia, this is an involving story told by an engagingly offbeat narrator. Grades 3-6. --Carolyn Phelan
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Top customer reviews
Not sure how likely it would be for the school administration to react so attentively to the bullying (after ignoring it for a while), but nonetheless I think this book should be required reading for all kids in third through seventh grades.
I also loved loved loved the writing style of the author. Snappy and spare. I will recommend this book to others.
mom. Jack has a lot of hobbies from photography to fixing
things. His mom is dating Rob and Jack likes him but he
thinks that they are doing fine on their own. On top of
his problems at home, at school, a bully named George Hamel
got everyone to call Jack "Butt Head". Jack can barely get
up in the morning. He won't turn to his mom for help
because he doesn't want to make her unhappy. When Jack's
grades and participation are slipping, he thinks he must
find help. Will Jack ever conquer the bully?
"I am Jack" is such a wonderful book to read. I really loved seeing
the point of view of Jack. He is a very sweet kid and
doesn't anyone to get hurt. Jack has a lot of hobbies and
I had a little trouble keeping up with all of them.
Susanne Gervay did a great job capturing the harm of
bullying. "I am Jack" is an awesome book for a child to
read and learn.
Reviewed by a young adult student reviewer
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We receive alot of nonfiction books about recognizing and stopping bullying. They're not exactly easy to read or share with a student who is being bullied. This book fills that gap by telling the story of a bullied kid from his perspective. Jack is 11 and it seems that all of his friends have turned on him. Walk in Jack's shoes and see how he and his school handle this difficult situation. No worries - this book does have some light moments and Jack is an engaging character. You won't have to convince your child or, if you're a teacher or counselor, your student to read this book.