Saturday, June 27, 2020
Just Like Jackie, by Lindsey Stoddard
Because of the incidents at school, Robbie gets assigned to group counseling, along with Alex and a number of other children in her class. The experience is an eye-opener. Being exposed to other people's problems helps her deal with her own anger and encourages her to open up about her fears and frustrations.
In sum, a sweet middle reader that explores extended families and the pain of watching a loved one succumb to Alzheimer's. Robbie is certainly a strong enough heroine, but I found her anger and stubbornness a bit hard to take. The behavior is age appropriate but doesn't make for a sympathetic character. Being the only real character in the book, it is hard to get very deep into this story.