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Jo Jo Makoons: The Used-to-Be Best Friend (Jo Jo, 1) (original 2021; edition 2021)

by Dawn Quigley (Author), Tara Audibert (Illustrator)

Series: Jo Jo (1)

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"Jo Jo Makoons Azure is a spirited seven-year-old who moves through the world a little differently than anyone else on her Ojibwe reservation. It always seems like her mom, her kokum (grandma), and her teacher have a lot to learn--about how good Jo Jo is at cleaning up, what makes a good rhyme, and what it means to be friendly. Even though Jo Jo loves her #1 best friend Mimi (who is a cat), she's worried that she needs to figure out how to make more friends. Because Fern, her best friend at school, may not want to be friends anymore"--… (more)
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Title:Jo Jo Makoons: The Used-to-Be Best Friend (Jo Jo, 1)
Authors:Dawn Quigley (Author)
Other authors:Tara Audibert (Illustrator)
Info:Heartdrum (2021), 80 pages
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Jo Jo Makoons : the used-to-be best friend by Dawn Quigley (2021)

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Gr 2–5—Jo Jo Makoons Azure is a seven-year-old Ojibwe girl with a sunny attitude. She loves her family (especially
her cat Mimi) and life on her reservation. But shifting friendship dynamics and school drama lead to incidents that
eventually yield important, heartwarming lessons. This outstanding chapter book weaves daily kid concerns with
engaging information about Ojibwe customs.
NB: Part of a series.
  BackstoryBooks | Apr 1, 2024 |
This silly chapter book features a funny Ojibwe girl protagonist.

Set on a fictional reservation known as the Pembina Ojibwe, this story introduces Jo Jo, an intelligent and charismatic first grader who is fretting over two big problems in this series opener. Her first worry concerns her home best friend, Mimi the cat, who she fears may deflate when she gets vaccinated. Her second concern is that her school best friend, Fern, has begun to ignore her at lunchtime. From Jo Jo’s difficulties with language arts to her attempts to save Mimi, hijinks emerge. Through it all, cultural information about Jo Jo’s Ojibwe way of life is shared in a way that suggests her pride for her people, traditions, and family. Young readers will revel in the humor this chapter book offers: the wordplay, the nicknames, and Jo Jo’s irrepressible narrative voice. But it is the friendships at her school, where her teacher is White and her classmates are multicultural, that will linger with readers. Even though it is in a border town, the school Jo Jo attends respects her cultural traditions, and the effect is heartwarming. Quigley (Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe) provides a glossary of Ojibwe and Michif words that enhances the experience. Audibert (of Wolastoqey and French heritage) supplies plentiful grayscale illustrations that depict Jo Jo and her friends with big, pretty eyes and expressive faces.

A joyful book about growing up Native in a loving community—not to be missed. (Fiction. 6-10)

-Kirkus Review
  CDJLibrary | Nov 9, 2023 |
RGG: Fun read; perfect for novice chapter book readers. You'll want to read more about 4th Grader JoJo.
  rgruberexcel | Dec 26, 2022 |
Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.
  fernandie | Sep 15, 2022 |
Jo Jo is an endearing kid on interesting kid adventures, and this book is spot on for early chapterbook readers. The use of the Ojibwe language throughout adds to the book's appeal and it's great to see a book set on a Reservation that celebrates the culture without getting stuck in larger politics or history. Politics, history, culture -- those things are important when you're old enough to understand them. Jo Jo's learning other lessons, and keeping us laughing with her while she does. I loved the illustrations, too!

Advanced reader's copy provided by Edelweiss. ( )
  jennybeast | Apr 14, 2022 |
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"Jo Jo Makoons Azure is a spirited seven-year-old who moves through the world a little differently than anyone else on her Ojibwe reservation. It always seems like her mom, her kokum (grandma), and her teacher have a lot to learn--about how good Jo Jo is at cleaning up, what makes a good rhyme, and what it means to be friendly. Even though Jo Jo loves her #1 best friend Mimi (who is a cat), she's worried that she needs to figure out how to make more friends. Because Fern, her best friend at school, may not want to be friends anymore"--

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