Hello everyone, Paul here today! Today we are linked up to Blkosiner’s Book Blog’s Got Great Giveaways Hop. She is filling in for Kathy as Kathy takes some time off this summer. Head over to check out all the great giveaways here.
I’m so happy to have been able to read author Marilyn Levinson’s children’s book And Don’t Bring Jeremy which was nominated for six state awards. I understand why. It is a timeless classic, but I won’t give it away. I want to give a special thanks to both Marilyn and Untreed Reads, the publisher for And Don’t Bring Jeremy for their time and the great giveaway. Let’s start with the blurb and then move on to my review.
Sixth-grader Adam Krasner wishes every family decision wasn’t based on his brother Jeremy and Jeremy’s problems. The Krasners have even moved to a new town because it has a great school system for kids with disabilities. If only Jeremy didn’t always act so goofy. And if only their mother didn’t insist that both brothers be placed on the same Little League team, especially since Jeremy couldn’t catch a fly ball if his life depended on it.
Making friends in a new school isn’t easy, which is why Adam’s excited when Eddie, his coach’s son, starts spending time with him. Eddie’s the best player on their team and in seventh grade, like Jeremy. Eddie invites Adam to join some of the team for pizza before Saturday’s game. Adam’s about to ask if Jeremy can come, too,, when Eddie tells him, “And don’t bring Jeremy.”
Adam becomes friendly with some of the members of the team. Eddie, he soon learns, often lies and makes fun of Jeremy every chance he can. Still, when Eddie comes to apologize, Adam agrees to be friends again. Issues continue to escalate between Jeremy and Eddie. And then Jeremy’s accused of doing something truly awful, forcing Adam to take a stand and support his brother.
What I liked best: I loved the baseball theme. I am a HUGE baseball fan and I think this will capture young boys attention, which isn’t always the easiest task. I also really, really enjoyed Adam. He is a great main character and I saw a lot of myself as a youngster in him. It is an incredible job of writing to capture the essence of a young boy the way Ms. Levinson has; it is no wonder the book was nominated for six state awards.
What missed a bit: I must admit, I have nothing here. Everything worked for me. The only thing I can think to mention here is that some readers that unfamiliar with baseball may have a difficult time understanding some of the jargon.
Overall: A Classic! Five out of five stars. The story is entertaining and flows well. The dialogue is realistic and timeless. The lesson is fantastic and unfolds throughout the story so that the reader will not feel like they are being hit over the head with it. The characters are great and trust me when I say you will end up rooting for all the characters, even Eddie Gordon (everyone has known an Eddie, I think). My recommendation is to buy this book, especially if you have young boys that might be reluctant readers. I can’t wait to read the next book from Ms. Levinson. I just need to decide if I am going to read No Boys Allowed or Rufus and Magic Run Amok.
Author bio: I was born in Brooklyn, New York. When I was fourteen, my family moved to Long Island where I’ve lived ever since, except for the four years I spent at Syracuse University studying to become a Spanish teacher. When my two sons were very young, I started writing YA and children’s books. And Don’t Bring Jeremy was a nominee for six state awards; Rufus and Magic Run Amok was an International Reading Association-Children’s Book Council “Children’s Choice”; No Boys Allowed was printed in Sweden and Holland. Now I also write mysteries and romantic suspense. A Murderer AmongUs, the first in my Twin Lakes mysteries was awarded a Best Indie of 2011 by Suspense Magazine. I’ve two new books coming out in the next few months: Murder a la Christie, a mystery, with L&L Dreamspell, and a YA novel, Getting Back to Normal, with Untreed Reads. (Paul here, if you act now, you can get 30% off Getting Back to Normal).
I hope you enjoyed the review and I really hope you decide to read And Don’t Bring Jeremy. If you missed Ms. Levinson’s guest post about the themes of the three children’s books mentioned above, you can read it here. Also both Sher and I have been busy at our crafts. Sher has been looking for some help editing (if you need an editor be sure to reach out to Sher here) as well as writing her book. I have been busy revising Lionel and the Golden Rule and hope to have the new cover ready for a reveal soon. Be sure to enter the giveaway below and don’t forget to leave us a comment. When you’re done, hop on over to all the other great giveaways by clicking here to check out all the other hop links. What is your favorite children’s book topic?