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Jemmy by Jon Hassler


by Jon Hassler

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Jemmy is about a biracial teen living just off a reservation in Northern Minnesota. Her Native American mother passed away long ago and her white father's inability to hold a job or care for her younger siblings leaves much responsibility to Jemmy. So much so, that her father decides she must leave school. Jemmy finds her self a famous artist's model after a blizzard lands her stranded on his family's doorstep. There is much to be admired in the character of Jemmy and, as usual, in Hassler's writing. The themes of poverty, alcoholism, and racial identity are relevant. However, the novel deals with them in a somewhat dated way. Thoughtful teens might find something within the pages, but others will find it too foreign and slow. ( )
  MissyAnn | Mar 21, 2015 |
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Since her Chippewa mother is dead, seventeen-year-old Jemmy's alcoholic father has insisted that she quit school to care for her younger siblings. But on her way home on her last day of school, she gets caught in a fierce snowstorm, and is rescued by Otis and Ann Chapman, who have moved to rural Minnesota from the city. Otis is a well-known painter, and he sees in Jemmy the model he needs to complete a mural of the Maiden of Eagle Rock. Jemmy soon finds that the Chapmans have rescued her in more ways than one...and that there's a whole world outside of her family's dreary existence, a world she can conquer, if only she has the courage to fight....

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Seventeen-year-old Jemmy struggles to fight her way out of poverty and to discover her identity as an Indian, a woman, and an artist.

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