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Scribble Hardcover – October 25, 2004
From School Library Journal
Grade 5-8–Twelve-year-old Lawson's best friend dies after a long illness, prior to the start of this quirky tale. He has Scribble, Jip's dog, whom he believes can see ghosts. Soon he begins to see them, too, starting with Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton. The rambling plot has Lawson believing that Jip is trying to contact him via spirit writing. Deeply upset that he can no longer picture her face in his mind, he tries to figure out her messages. Eleanor Roosevelt kidnaps Scribble in order to get Lawson's attention. Then Nat King Cole drives by in a bus, saying that what the boy wants is in the basement of Jip's empty house. Lawson confronts his friend's cousin and finds a videotape of Jip's funeral. He is now able to fix her face in his memory forever by viewing the pictures of her at the funeral. The subplot of the protagonist's miserable home life is happily resolved by his moving in with an aunt and uncle. Jennings's narrator is too mature to be fully believable, and the anticlimactic ending is disappointing. The author's fans may enjoy his familiar use of oblique time shifts and the wise-beyond-belief narrator. Others may simply find the story over the top.–B. Allison Gray, John Jermain Library, Sag Harbor, NY
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Gr. 6-8. Ever since 12-year-old Lawson's best friend, Jennifer ("Jip"), died, life hasn't made much sense. And with his parents constantly fighting, the only thing that provides comfort is the dog Jip gave him, a terrier named Scribble. As time passes and Lawson's memories of Jip fade, he and Scribble start seeing an odd assortment of ghosts--Sam Walton, Eleanor Roosevelt, Nat King Cole, even Henri Matisse. It isn't long before Lawson becomes convinced that Jip is trying to reach him. But why? Although readers must occasionally suspend disbelief (Wal-Mart, often mentioned in the story, is a source for both pens and "ghost goo"), the author of Orwell's Luck (2000) offers an inventive story of ghosts and loss and healing. Lawson's attempts to comprehend difficult events and experiences are sympathetically portrayed, and while his narrator's voice--intimate, droll, and astute--seems too precocious, it ably conveys the importance of friendship and the discovery that not everything is logical--especially grief. Shelle Rosenfeld
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Top customer reviews
I love the whimsy of this book, and its very entertaining tone and vocabulary. The plot is complex and some things about it remain mysterious, which I also really loved. I have given copies of it as gifts and recommend it to children of about fifth grade and up, or as a family read-aloud with older children.