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Junebug

Alice Mead

Square Fish

Some of the stuff that goes on in the Auburn Street Projects, I’m never gonna do. These projects are like some kind of never-never land, like they never got put on a regular map. Nobody comes around here on purpose. It’s as if we all got lost, right in the middle of the city.

Reeve McClain, Jr.—Junebug—has decided to skip his birthday. Since ten is the age when boys in the projects are forced to join gangs or are ensnared by drug dealers, Junebug would rather remain nine. Still, he does have a birthday wish: to someday become a ship’s captain and sail away. So Junebug comes up with a plan to launch a flotilla, fifty glass bottles containing notes with his wish, in the hope that someone somewhere will help to make his dream come true.

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Junebug
OneI've got the sail hauled in tight. Lanyard's wrapped around my wrist. That sailboat leans over and just about flies out of the water, lifting high like a bird's wing. Foam and bubbles hiss past until there's a long, snaky trail behind us. I set sail for the West Indies, wherever they may be.I don't really, though. Don't set sail for anywhere. Truth is, I'm just sitting in my seat, leaning my head against the wall of my fourth-grade class at the Auburn Street School, by the windows. That lanyard is the cord from the venetian blinds. It's Monday afternoon and I'm waiting for the three
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Praise for Junebug

“Junebug is the story of risks taken and goals achieved by a small nuclear family struggling against a harsh environment. The ultimate message, however, is that change is possible when responsibility is an individual obligation. Mead’s writing approaches the power of Walter Dean Myers’s novels about inner-city life, but is for a younger audience.”—School Library Journal

“Junebug is a compelling, thoughtful narrator whose wishes and determination are balanced by Jolita’s absence of dreams and character. The novel is hard-hitting and unleavened by humor, but Junebug’s likable personality and the upbeat note at the end will leave readers satisfied. A likely choice for school literature circles.”—Booklist
 
“A warm and inspiring tale . . . Readers will be rooting for Junebug and his dreams all the way.”—Kirkus Reviews, Pointer Review

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Alice Mead

  • Alice Mead is the author of many highly acclaimed novels, including Adem’s Cross, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, and two other books featuring Junebug. The first two Junebug books were both NCSS-CBC Notable Trade Books in the Field of Social Studies. She lives in Maine.
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