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Title:
Kinda like brothers
Author:
Booth, Coe, author.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Scholastic Press, 2014.
Physical Description:
248 pages ; 22 cm
Summary:
When his mother takes in a twelve-year-old foster boy, Jarrett is forced to share his room and his friends with the new boy.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
660 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.3 8.0 168152.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 3.8 14 Quiz: 64218.
ISBN:
9780545224963
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Acclaimed YA novelist Coe Booth makes her middle-grade debut.

Jarrett is used to his mom taking in foster kids. But they're all - every single one of them - infants or babies, and they never stay for long. Not until Kevon and his sister come to stay. The sister is fine; she's just a baby. But Kevon is Jarrett's age, and that is NOT okay with Jarrett. He wants Kevon out of his house as soon as possible. But the more he tries to get rid of Kevon, the more he becomes enmeshed in Kevon's life and his history - which leads, ultimately, to some unexpected understanding.


Author Notes

COE BOOTH is a graduate of The New School's Writing for Children MFA program, and a winner of the L.A. Times Book Prize for Young Adult Fiction. She is the author of Tyrell and Kendra , and was born and still lives in the Bronx.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Eleven-year-old Jarrett is used to having foster babies in the house. Then case workers bring 12-year-old Kevon and Kevon's baby sister, Treasure, and Jarrett feels nothing but resentment about sharing his room with the new boy. Between his asthma attacks and difficulty passing summer school, Jarrett has enough to worry about without Kevon in his business. But as Jarrett learns why Kevon and Treasure are in foster care, he starts to see things in a different light. Readers will identify with Jarrett, whose angry outbursts and cluelessness about girls are realistic and relatable. Although there are many teachable moments here, they never sound didactic, and Booth deftly illustrates how difficult it can be for both kids and adults to take responsibility for their actions and do the right thing. The multiple plotlines naturally reflect the complexities of modern life and add depth to Jarrett's story. This is an excellent title to help fill the void for younger readers seeking compelling, realistic stories set in America's inner cities.--Hayes, Summer Copyright 2014 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

In her first novel for middle-grade readers, Booth (Bronxwood) introduces an African-American family in Newark who open their home to foster children. By the time Kevon, 12, and his two-year-old sister, Treasure, arrive in the middle of the night, 11-year-old Jarrett has had enough of his mother's charity. Jarrett is forced to share a room with Kevon, who acts distant and ungrateful, and he's also annoyed to be attending summer school, with the threat of having to repeat the sixth grade. Even his usual joys-crushing on his down-to-earth friend Caprice, taking step class at a neighborhood center, and making horror movie trailers with his best friend-are overshadowed by Kevon's presence. Jarrett snoops into Kevon's past in hopes of getting rid of him, but, predictably, the truth he uncovers evokes sympathy. Booth offers candid insight into racism, poverty, and the foster care system without becoming heavy-handed; she also sensitively depicts a character's coming-out moment. Jarrett's evolution from a position of resistance to an acceptance of circumstances beyond his control is believably subtle. Ages 8-12. Agent: Jodi Reamer, Writers House. (Aug.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-6-Life is a very complicated affair if you happen to be 11-year-old Jarrett of Newark, New Jersey. He is asthmatic and about to fail summer school. His mother takes in almost any foster child, including kids with special needs. The last straw is the arrival of two siblings, the developmentally challenged toddler, Treasure, and her tall, athletic 12-year-old brother, Kevon, who will be sharing Jarrett's room. Jarrett has had to share his mother's attention for as long as he can remember but never before had to give up his personal space. The friction between Jarrett and Kevon gains momentum when Kevon makes the basketball team and shows off for the girls, including Caprice, the girl Jarrett has a crush on. The protagonist is bound to get even at all costs. He spies on Kevon and his social worker, digging for any way to humiliate his foster brother without thought to the consequences. A pattern of mutual cruelties is set into motion which rapidly escalates on both sides. Plot and characters are realistic and engaging. References to farts, foot odor, and disgusting toenails abound. Gross-out humor aside, this is a solid story about dealing with problems that threaten to overwhelm and the importance putting one's own personal pain aside to understand the pain of another.- Kathy Cherniavsky, Ridgefield Library, CT (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.