Come Sing, Jimmy Jo

by Katherine Paterson

The spotlight shines more brightly on James Johnson than on his youngish mother Olive,... read more

The spotlight shines more brightly on James Johnson than on his youngish mother Olive, a.k.a. Keri Su, after the Johnson Family's manager hears the eleven-year-old sing and play his guitar. External events such as moving to the city and to another school while confronting the downside of celebrity are the means for exploring the theme of identity in a novel rich in characterization, insight and humor. Paterson asks "Who am I?" on several levels while telling a unique story about Jimmy Jo and his gift. Honor Book, 1985 CCBC Newbery Discussion. (Ages 9-13)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 1985

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