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The King of Jam Sandwiches

by Eric Walters

tagged: homelessness & poverty, self-esteem & self-reliance, depression & mental illness
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ISBN:9781459825581
publisher: Orca Book Publishers
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? “Tug at the heartstrings and tickle the funny bone…This warm tale is definitely one for the keeper shelves. Highly recommended.”—School Library Journal, starred review
Thirteen-year-old Robbie leads a double life. It's just Robbie and his dad, but no one knows that his dad isn't like most parents. Sometimes he wakes Robbie up in the middle of the night to talk about dying. Sometimes he just leaves without telling Robbie where he’s going. Once when Robbie was younger, he was gone for more than a week. Robbie was terrified of being left alone but even more scared of telling anyone in case he was put into foster care. No one can know. Until one day when Robbie has to show the tough new girl, Harmony, around school. Their first meeting ends horribly and she punches Robbie in the face. But eventually they come to realize that they have a lot more in common than they thought. Can Robbie's new friend be trusted to keep his secret?

About the Author

Eric Walters is a Member of the Order of Canada and the author of over 115 books that have collectively won more than 100 awards including the Governor General’s Literary Award for The King of Jam Sandwiches. A former teacher, Eric began writing as a way to get his fifth-grade students interested in reading and writing. Eric is a tireless presenter, speaking to over 100,000 students per year in schools across the country. He lives in Guelph, Ontario.

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Recommended Age and Grade
Age:
8 to 12
Grade:
4 to 7
Awards
  • Winner, Governor General's Literary Awards
Editorial Reviews

“Realistic, compelling and often heartbreaking, and told with compassion. It's a keeper!”

— Sal's Fiction Addiction

The King of Jam Sandwiches pulls us into the unforgettable friendship of hard-working Robbie and tough-as-nails Harmony in an exceptionally honest survival story that is also compulsively readable and emotionally gripping. Walters has written a heart-wrenching novel about what it is like to grow up amidst poverty and mental illness, one that speaks to contemporary young readers and offers them hope.”

— Governor General's Literary Award Peer assessment committee: Catherine Austen, Cary Fagan, Shenaaz Nanji

“Narration unfolds with wry, self-deprecating humor...An entertaining journey.”

— Kirkus Reviews

“A superb middle grade novel that focuses on the effects of poverty and mental illness on children and their families. Not only is it a realistic portrayal, but its being written in a nonjudgmental and compassionate way allows children to better understand a very serious topic. Highly Recommended.”

— CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“A character-driven story that will teach you to never judge a person by their appearance, but instead remind you to keep an open mind and more importantly, an open heart.”

— Canadian Children's Book News

“This book is perfect for middle and high school libraries. It is one of Walters’ best as much for its topic, characters, plot and theme as for its portrayal of mental disorders and alcoholism.”

— Must Read Literature

“Harrowing and heartfelt.”

— Kenneth Oppel, award-winning author of the Silverwing trilogy

“You’ll cheer our hero on while your heart aches for him. This is an original and deeply moving personal journey.”

— Teresa Toten, Governor General’s Literary Award–winning author of <i>The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B</i>

? “Tug at the heartstrings and tickle the funny bone…This warm tale is definitely one for the keeper shelves. Highly recommended.”

— School Library Journal, starred review

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