Last year, 10-year-old Junebug desperately wanted to leave the grimy Auburn Street project where he lived with his mother and sister. Now his dream has come true. They have moved to the other side of New Haven into a safe, new apartment complex. His mother takes care of the elderly residents there. Moving means changes, however. And not all of them are good. There is a bully in his new school who won't leave him alone. Junebug has to take grumpy old Reverend Ashford for a walk every morning. And he worries about the friendship growing between his mother and the Reverend's son. As Junebug adjusts to a new neighborhood, his struggles will help young readers understand the importance of honesty. JD Jackson's narration is perfect for voicing the young boy and his widening world in this wonderful sequel to Junebug.
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by Alice Mead
by Walter Dean Myers
by Sharon M. Draper
by Angela Johnson
"Reeve McLean, aka "Junebug," is a precocious 10-year old boy living with his divorced mother and younger sister in New Haven, Connecticut. His mother is the resident caretaker for a number of elderly people. Junebug relates stories of his new life in this home, as well as his adventures: making new friends; dealing with bullies at school and the summer soccer league; getting to know one of the residents, a retired minister; and dealing with the minister's son who begins to date his mother. One of the sad aspects of the story is Junebug's desire to see his incarcerated father. J.D. Jackson's winsome narration brings out the character of the cast; the young, cocky, and yet very vulnerable Junebug; the somewhat curmudgeonly, but loving Reverend Ashford; and all the others are done well. The narrative is just as effectively rendered. M.T.F. (c) AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine"
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