The King of Jam Sandwiches

Orca. Sept. 2020. 320p. pap. $12.95. ISBN 9781459825567.
Gr 3 Up–Robbie doesn’t have the most stable home life, not since his mother and grandparents died when he was younger. His father is either so depressed he can barely function, or so delirious that he disappears for hours, or even days, at a time. But Robbie knows how to take care of himself, and how to stretch the little bit of money he has to make sure he’s got clothes and food. When his homeroom teacher asks Robbie to help show the new girl Harmony around school, they immediately butt heads but evolve into good friends. Robbie and Harmony form an unlikely friendship and learn to look forward to the future. This book will tug at the heartstrings and tickle the funny bone, all while maintaining a brisk pace so as to entertain even a reluctant reader. With lovable characters, plus a close look at difficult and different living situations, this novel will appeal to a wide audience; all readers will find something, or someone, to connect with.
VERDICT This warm tale is definitely one for the keeper shelves. Highly recommended for most middle grade sections.

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