But the tragedy is handled near perfectly, and it’s wonderful.—Read Till Dawn (blog)As Jimmy attempts to navigate the odd social norms of the wake, he draws on humor, heartfelt concern, and a good deal of angst while racking his brain and his memory for a decent and meaningful memory to share. roger is a ventriloquist's dummy. I remember knowing kids like Patrick when I was in school, so this story intrigued me from the start.

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Add in the fact he’s wearing last year’s outgrown dress pants and he’s about as uncomfortable as possible.

When I first read the inside of it to see what it was about, it definitely didn’t look like something all too interesting. Speechless is a damn good story about friendship and determination . Scholastic Canada Ltd | ISBN 9781443142687 Ebook 168 Pages | Ages 9 to 12 Speechless is a beautifully written story full of heart and humor, about 11 year Jelly-Joe who must face off against the school’s queen bee, Victoria, in a speech competition. Speechless is his debut middle-grade novel. Nope. Audiobooks Read By Your Favorite Celebrities, Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris' Empowering Book for Kids, Ina Garten's Latest Cozy and Delicious Recipes, Discover the Prologue to Jodi Picoult's Poignant New Novel, Feel-Good Audiobooks to Listen to This Week, *This title is not eligible for purchase to earn points nor for redemption with your code in the. I need to recommend this to my teachers as a read-aloud ASAP. One really cool aspect of this book is the chapter titles.

I loved the inclusion of the food bank angle though and I think it's a cause that will be easy for students to connect with. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to read an advanced copy. This year he found out that there was a prize and it was brand new tab. he could look like a parrot, but i think he looks like a boy.

Check out the link to see all of the wonderful reviews by KidLit bloggers and authors. I was in a slump in the middle of it, as I really didn't want to know what else Patrick had done that was so terrible. He must of done something! I have never seen grief and anger written this way and I throughly enjoyed the book. no offense to anybody, this is just my opinion. Keep an eye on this debut author! Speechless by Jennifer Mook-Sang is a book about a boy named Joseph but everybody calls him Jelly. He’s also honest in looking at what he himself, and the rest of his family, could have done differently. What could he possibly say about his cousin, who ruined everything they did? A poignant, funny, and candid look at grief, family secrets, difficult people, and learning to look behind the facade.

For a middle grade read this was tough. This story is about a boy who loves video games and wants to play them as much as possible. Adam Schmitt’s complex story deals with bullying, death, grief, suicide and dysfunctional family relationships. Fluffy-cheerful-book-loving types beware. Gr. Welcome back. In many ways I feel as though my life reflected into certain parts of the story, and that's why it became more or less difficult to chew on. This in no way swayed my opinion.

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The author, Jennifer Mook-Sang, has adeptly managed to pack a whole lot of messaging into a compact package. Themes: Death, Grief, Mental Illness, Family Relationships, Speech, Humor. The main characters of this young adult, contemporary story are Asha, Sam Turner. This book had very good detail like when they introduced the guy who worked at the can food place. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Patrick is off-the-charts disturbed. Why him? Jimmy transcends speechlessness to offer an honest and unvarnished tribute. ( Log Out /  A short and easy read,. Who won’t like this book? All in all, it's changed my view on certain things, and I'm rather thankful. The thing that I didn't like was the chapters were to long they were like 40 pages and the author took moments that didn't need to be stretch out and made them longer than need. “This story came to me in a single moment while at the funeral of a former student…The characters here don’t represent any one person, but several people in my life who had stories to tell and didn’t know how to find someone to listen.” Schmitt lives in Oswego, Illinois, with his wife and two sons. This honest look at death and dysfunctional families is both funny and tragic. She gives me the 2 minute summary with such enthusiasm I couldn't help but be intrigued. It's aimed for younger kids (Middle Grade) and the voices are perfect for that age group without talking down to them in any way. The ending is perfect! Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. There is a very good, important message in this book. I've never read a children's book that unfolded so beautifully. Ultimately, it's a story with a couple messages; the importance of telling the truth and of. This a good book and I would recommend this book to you. Goofy characters and a succession of cringey incidents make for an unpredictable ride. Note that there is some minor swearing in here (like “a**hole”). Absolutely one of my new favorite middle grade books. Start by marking “Speechless” as Want to Read: Error rating book. Jimmy’s observations offer a lot of comic relief. He never liked his cousin.

The speech competition really speaks to me because the school I work at has one every spring for students in grades 4-6. Summers would find her curled up with humungous stacks of Enid Blytons and comic books. I don't know why this book took me so long to read. Readers who have experienced recent family member deaths may want to hold off on this one.

If you like books that has some competition and funny names and a littl, This book was about a boy in school and there is a completion to see who can write the better speech. And then there's the hint of romance, add in the issue of bullying, and the book is written with humour. The Dallas presentation is made possible by The Bonnie Pitman Education Endowment to Do Something New. And its hilariously funny .... well done Jennifer Mook Sang! Themes explored include anti-bulling, giving back to your communi.

Instead of being this soft, sweet look at grief, it has this very frank, unapologetic look at some of the uglier stuff that a family goes through in a bad situation like this. Mook-Sang's characters are real and likeable.

It's not one of my favorite books but it still was very enjoyable for me and I don't think anyone can make it better. Cute book. At a Fourth of July party, Patrick injures Jimmy with firecrackers. Jimmy has no idea what to say when his parents inform him that he has been asked to eulogize his cousin Patrick, who died tragically when he fell through thin ice and drowned. Because the last secret she shared turned her into a social outcast—and nearly got someone killed. Does anyone have any discussion questions for our group? It’s smartly written. I appreciate how carefully Schmitt develops his characters. By Jennifer Mook-Sang . September 1st 2015 —Publishers Weekly Online. HOLY CATS, this was good.

When Chelsea gets bullied for speaking out against some violent teens, she decides to take a vow of silence. I loved the lesson Jimmy learned, and I hope students notice it BEFO. But the more Jimmy ponders what to say, he realizes that Patrick may have been reaching out for help, and no one was there to listen. Adam P. Schmitt has lived outside of Chicago his entire life. That rare book with a male protagonist that isn't about sports or war! When he thinks back over their memories together, he notices a pattern: Patrick causing problems for everyone else around him. Miss Bridget calls the unknown mother every vile name she knows, but she nevertheless shows some compassion for the child. My daughter brought this one home . An easy read and laugh-out-loud book that every middle grader will love. Chapters begin in the present day (mostly at Patrick’s wake) and end with a memory illustrating Patrick’s character, and each one is its own little packet of rising tension with a mini-climax. I loved this book. There are just so many of them, and they cover a lot of the same ground. It is very cute! Jimmy is a 13 yr old boy who’s cousin, Patrick, also 13, has recently died and Jimmy has to say a few words at the funeral. Now Chelsea has taken a vow of silence—to learn to keep her mouth shut, and to stop hurting anyone else. I like the premise of SPEECHLESS and I’ve found boys who are emerging readers like to choose books narrated by male MC’s. The book was published in multiple languages including English, consists of 288 pages and is available in Paperback format. | ISBN 9781536219012 The problem is, Jimmy never liked Patrick, and can't think of anything sincere to say about him. The difference between a book like American Dirt and a book like Speechless is the author’s positionality. It shouldn’t be a problem for the target age group unless you’re dealing with someone very sensitive to such things.

Jimmy's cousin Patrick went and did one last stupid thing to ruin everything: Patrick died. I loved the lesson Jimmy learned, and I hope students notice it BEFORE the last few pages of the book. I was hoping for something solid, as my last few reads have been kind of ho-hum, and this more than delivered. The tragicomedy + dysfunctional families aspect makes me think of Gary D. Schmidt’s The Wednesday Wars and Okay for Now. Emotions ran the gamut and for that alone it is worth a read. Jelly-Joe is a wonderfully funny and irresistible sixth grader who wants to win the speech contest. Jimmy is one of the best characters I’ve read in a while. Thanks for your views on it. I had borrowed it from a grade 6 classroom library at the school I teach at...it's a perfect fit for that age group. A must-read for kids and adults.—Story Monsters Ink, Sign up for news about books, authors, and more from Penguin Random House, Visit other sites in the Penguin Random House Network. Such a great story and gorgeous illustrations! She gives me the 2 minute summary with such enthusiasm I couldn't help but be intrigued. ... Speechless takes material that would normally be overwhelmingly depressing and manages to make it entertaining. Sounds like it should be sad, right? ™ & © 1996 - 2020 Scholastic Canada Ltd. All rights Reserved. I loved how well written it was. Trying to really hear and empathize with others is what is important.—School Library ConnectionJimmy transcends speechlessness to offer an honest and unvarnished tribute. He has a strong voice. Speechless Adam P. Schmitt, Author Candlewick Press, Fiction, Nov. 6, 2018 Pages: 304 Suitable for Ages: 12 and up Themes: Death, Grief, Mental Illness, Family Relationships, Speech, Humor Synopsis: How do you give a eulogy when you can’t think of one good thing to say? Greg Pattridge hosts Marvelous Middle Grade Monday posts on his wonderful Always in the Middle website. How do you give a eulogy when you can’t think of one good thing to say?

But there’s no way his parents will let him out of giving a speech, so Jimmy sifts back through his memories desperately looking for something he can share which will help his grieving family.