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The Graduation of Jake Moon by Barbara Park

The Graduation of Jake Moon

by Barbara Park

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I really enjoyed this book for multiple reasons. First, the book pushes readers to think about tough issues like how Jake's grandfather has Alzheimers. For example the book starts off with 3 boys seeing an old man by the dumpster who looks like he might jump in. 2 of the boys shout at the man making fun of him while the other boy stays silent. The boys soon realize this man isn't right in the head and the boy that said nothing feels shameful because the old man is his grandfather who has Alzheimers. I think that this makes readers think about how they should treat others because you never know what is going on with them.
Another reason I like this book is because of the pace of the plot. The book starts with Jake in 3rd grade and leads all the way up to his 8th grade graduation. The reader can really see and understand how Jake feels as he sees his grandfathers memory slip away. For example, when he was young Jake's grandfather almost never forgot who Jake was. But as time progresses Jake becomes surprised if his grandfather actually recognizes him.
The message of the story is to not take loved ones for granted. Jake realizes to not be embarrassed of his grandfather and some of the actions he does become of Alzheimers. Jake learns how to take care of his grandfather and tries to remember the good times they had together. ( )
  Erica_Dickey | Nov 1, 2016 |
Jake Moon loves his grandfather Skelly, who has practically raised him since he was a baby. But when Skelly's diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, Jake doesn't quite know how to respond. Barbara Parks moving story of a young boy, grappling with the tremendous sense of loss, brought on by this horrible illness, is touching. The reader watches Jake manuever through his awkward teenage years, being angry, confused and saddened by the sense of loss, which is so often the case with Alzheimer's disease. ( )
  laurensx | Jun 26, 2013 |
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Jake Moon used to love the time he spent with his grandfather, Skelly, but that was before Skelly got Alzheimer's disease. All of a sudden, it's as if Skelly is the kid, and Jake has to be the grown-up. Much of Skelly's care becomes Jake's responsibility, and that doesn't leave much time for a life of his own.

Then, one day Jake rebels, and the unthinkable happens. Has Jake discovered too late how much his grandfather still means to him?

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Fourteen-year-old Jake recalls how he has spent the last four years of his life watching his grandfather descend slowly but surely into the horrors of Alzheimer's disease.

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