Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Crossing Jordan Paperback – July 1, 2002
|New from||Used from|
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
From School Library Journal
Grade 5-8-A contemporary story set in Tallahassee, FL, of interracial friendship despite parental opposition, with a clear purpose and predictable outcome. Twelve-year-old Cass befriends African-American Jemmie when her family moves into the house next door. The girls both love to run and become instant friends, racing each morning. They also read Jane Eyre together, analyzing and alternating chapters. Calling themselves "Chocolate Milk," the girls derive inspiration from Jemmie's wise, gospel-singing grandmother and set an example of understanding for both families. Cass, however, must keep their friendship a secret from her racist father until her baby sister's heatstroke compels Jemmie's indignant mother to volunteer her nursing skills. From then on, Cass's grateful parents are solicitous of their new neighbors and both families cheer the girls to a dramatic finish in a fund-raiser race. Jemmie is wisecracking and confident, challenging her responsible and reflective friend to be the first in her family to aspire to a college degree. Some of the parental reasons for racial mistrust are exposed, civil rights history is touched on, and an upbeat ending results. Although several clich?d remarks and reactions seem contrived, Jemmie and Cass are likable, lively characters, and readers will enjoy the repartee between them.
Gerry Larson, Durham School of the Arts, NC
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
"In this sensitive portrait of black-white relations in a changing neighborhood, Fogelin offers a tactful, evenhanded look at prejudice." --USA Today
"Fogelin creates Cass and Jemmie as complex characters with the same differences of approach and personality that mark the interactions of other best friends, whatever their skin color. Cass' straightforward voice never falters, even when she questions her father's beliefs and her own decisions. Readers will appreciate the honesty of Fogelin's approach and applaud the two girls in their fast friendship." --The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"...Jemmie and Cass are likable, lively characters, and readers will enjoy the repartee between them." --School Library Journal
"Old experiences and lifelong attitudes are hard to overcome, as Adrian Fogelin deftly demonstrates in her portrayal of Cass' dad and Jemmie's mom. Fogelin's characters are complex, fallible, and loving, as are real people, making Crossing Jordan an engrossing coming-of-age story...." --Orange County Register
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Crossing Jordan brought tears to my eyes ... but they were the good kind of tears ... tears of compassion for the girls in this book. Any author who can stir the readers' emotions is a great writer, in my opinion.
If you're too young to know what a "green visor" is, it's the billed cap that writers used to wear in the "olden days" of journalism. Don't ask me why, but I think it was to protect their eyes from glares. For more accuracy, ask your grandfather. Ha-ha!
But Crossing Jordan is not only about tears, it's about deep friendship, overcoming obstacles, and love between family and neighbors. It's about overcoming prejudices, and the gift of forgiveness too.
Read it for yourself to see what I mean.
You will not regret purchasing this book! It will help you with all your life relationships.