JENNA'S BIG JUMP by Faythe Dyrud Thureen


Age Range: 7 - 10
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 As an only child and the new kid in fourth grade, Jenna suffers from loneliness made only worse by the taunting of class bully Buzz; but her misery is mercifully curtailed when Kate Bradner joins the class and becomes a friend. Kate--who wastes no time putting Buzz in his place (though she also has some sympathy for him)--is the oldest of four children whose family has moved to a Minnesota farm. The Bradners' barn is the site of Jenna's ``big jump,'' her leap to the kind of bravery she admires in her mother (one of 11 adventuresome siblings) and in Kate--the kind that comes from being a little impulsive and from making one's own decisions. Jenna's swing from the hayloft results in a broken arm, but even this turns out to be only a temporary setback in her quest. Thureen's Jenna is hardly a match for Ramona Quimby, who's invoked on page two--she doesn't have Ramona's vibrant personality, nor are her experiences nearly as entertaining, while her story has the first novel's common flaw of overexplaining. Still, a workmanlike effort that younger or less sophisticated readers may enjoy. (Fiction. 7-10)

Pub Date: April 30th, 1993
ISBN: 0-689-31834-0
Page count: 104pp
Publisher: Atheneum
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 1993