Jake and Lily by Jerry Spinelli

Jake and Lily
By Jerry Spinelli
352 pages – ages 8+
Published by: Balzer and Bray on May 8, 2012

Jake and Lily are twins and they have this kind of super power connection. Once when Lily was inside coloring, she yelled out loud “I’m stuck!” and it turned out that Jake was stuck under a fence in the yard. Another time Lily was about to run into the street chasing a ball, Jake yelled out “STOP!”, but he was at the dentist five miles away. When they were younger Jake and Lily were best friends and always together. They called their special connection their “goombla.” Their goombla starts to fade as the twins get older. Jake and Lily start to grow apart. Lily wants the goombla to stay, but Jake wants to grow up. Will the twins get their goombla back or will they learn to live their own lives? 

This Jerry Spinelli book is full of humor and good stuff! I liked the idea of the twin “link,” but the story is not really all about the link. It’s more about the kids trying to be their own person rather than a twin and I think it made a good story. I like how the chapters alternate between Lily’s and Jake’s perspective. I really liked both main characters a lot, but I think I liked Lily a little more because of how she acted and her general attitude. The story really kept me interested and I cared about what would happen to Jake and Lily. The book is great for young advanced readers. I think kids and adults of all ages will like this book.

Five out of five bookworms for Jake and Lily!

Jerry Spinelli won a Newberry Award for “Manic Magee” and a Newberry Honor for “Wringer”.  To learn more about Jerry Spinelli and all his other books, please visit his website HERE.



Categories: Age 6-9, Age 9+

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20 replies

  1. I think the bon between twins is fascinating. I loved Manic McGee and would be very happy to read Jake and Lilly, I am sure. How old are the kids in the story, do you think, Erik?

  2. Maniac McGee is the only Jerry Spinelli book I’ve read. I’d sure be up for another. Great review!

  3. This sounds like a great insight into twins and a creative fresh story. Jerry Spinelli is a great author.

  4. Aside from the interesting theme, I like the cover art. Great recommendation, Erik.

  5. You’ve hooked me Erik! Intrigued by goombla, and what it means to these kids.

  6. “Nice review.” I thought you might get out of practice not doing this 7 days a week anymore. I was wrong. You are still on top of it. How could I have doubted?

  7. I’ve heard more than one person rave about Jerry Spinelli…sounds like a winner, Erik!

  8. Sounds like a wonderful story, and I love jerry Spinelli’s writing so I’m sure it’s good! I like the idea of twins trying to be their own person. I have triplets living next door to me, and for them I think it’s even more of a challenge.

  9. Hmmm, you know how I love Jerry Spinelli books so I need to check this book out. It sounds good!

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