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Monkey see monkey do
DeClements, Barthe.
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Publication Information:
New York : Delacorte Press, 1990.
Jerry's adored father seems unable to stay out of jail, causing the sixth grader anguish at home and in school.
Reading Level:
660 Lexile.
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Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.1 5.0 6932.
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Jerry's adored father seems unable to stay out of jail, causing the sixth grader anguish at home and in school.

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Booklist Review

Grade 5-9. In a sequel to Five-Finger Discount [BKL My 1 89], Jerry's father, out on parole with a steady job, violates parole by letting friends borrow his car for a robbery; And if that's not enough, Mom announces she is getting a divorce. While Jerry continues to believe in his father's innate goodness, he comes to recognize that each individual is responsible for his own actions; nothing he or his mother do will change his father or force his father to change. Once again, DeClements depicts the realism of family relationships and conflicts with empathy and understanding. Her frank approach and honest portrayal will gain this novel a wide readership. ~--Linda Callaghan

Publisher's Weekly Review

Out on parole, Jerry Johnson's father forges an uneasy relationship with his son; according to PW , ``characterizations and plot are equally strong in this poignant novel.'' Ages 9-12. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-6-- Jerry Johnson , first introduced in Five-Finger Discount (Delacorte, 1989), is now in the sixth grade and has settled into his new school. His father is out on parole and has a good job, but can't seem to stay away from his old friends. Jerry goes to extreme measures to prevent him from going back to prison but to no avail. His mother decides to file for divorce, and Jerry is forced to face the fact that his father can not keep the promise he made to ``always be straight.'' DeClements introduces readers to family circumstances different from those presented in most teen novels. The rather casual approach to this family's problems weakens the values that are presented. Jerry and his classmates are realistically portrayed, but his parents are not so carefully developed. This book won't have the popularity of DeClements' earlier titles as it doesn't have her usual humor or universal appeal. --Kenneth E. Kowen, Atascocita Middle School Library, Humble, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.