Jake and Lily by Jerry Spinelli

30 May

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.

20 Responses to “Jake and Lily by Jerry Spinelli”

  1. Joanna May 30, 2012 at 7:50 am #

    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?


    • thiskidreviewsbooks May 30, 2012 at 4:41 pm #

      It is fascinating! I want to read Maniac Magee! The kids start at six, but quickly grow to 11 and then they are 11 for the rest of the book, except close to the end, when they turn 12.


  2. Michelle Isenhoff May 30, 2012 at 7:58 am #

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


  3. Catherine Johnson May 30, 2012 at 8:22 am #

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


  4. Kirsten Larson May 30, 2012 at 9:44 am #

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


  5. julie rowan zoch May 30, 2012 at 10:53 am #

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


  6. Audrey at Audrey's Read It or Not May 30, 2012 at 11:55 am #

    This book sounds good!


  7. KidLitReviews May 30, 2012 at 1:30 pm #

    “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?


  8. Jarm Del Boccio May 30, 2012 at 6:07 pm #

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


  9. Susanna Leonard Hill May 30, 2012 at 6:41 pm #

    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.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks May 31, 2012 at 7:02 am #

      It is really wonderful Ms. Hill! WOW! I wonder what it’s like to be a triplet!! (Or a neighbor living next to triplets 😉 )


  10. Caroline June 5, 2012 at 5:35 pm #

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


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