The Graduation of Jake Moon

The Graduation of Jake Moon HOW CAN YOU LOVE SOMEONE AND RESENT HIM AT THE SAME TIME Jake Moon used to love the time he spent with his grandfather Skelly but that was before Skelly got Alzheimer s disease All of a sudden it s

  • Title: The Graduation of Jake Moon
  • Author: Barbara Park
  • ISBN: 9780689839856
  • Page: 122
  • Format: Paperback
  • HOW CAN YOU LOVE SOMEONE AND RESENT HIM AT THE SAME TIME Jake Moon used to love the time he spent with his grandfather, Skelly, but that was before Skelly got Alzheimer s disease All of a sudden, it s as if Skelly is the kid, and Jake has to be the grown up Much of Skelly s care becomes Jake s responsibility, and that doesn t leave much time for a life of his own TheHOW CAN YOU LOVE SOMEONE AND RESENT HIM AT THE SAME TIME Jake Moon used to love the time he spent with his grandfather, Skelly, but that was before Skelly got Alzheimer s disease All of a sudden, it s as if Skelly is the kid, and Jake has to be the grown up Much of Skelly s care becomes Jake s responsibility, and that doesn t leave much time for a life of his own Then, one day Jake rebels, and the unthinkable happens Has Jake discovered too late how much his grandfather still means to him

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    About “Barbara Park”

    1. Barbara Park

      Barbara Park received over 40 awards for her books, including 25 Children s Choice awards Park was the daughter of a merchant and a secretary, Doris and Brooke Tidswell She grew up in Mount Holly Township, New Jersey From 1965 to 1967, she attended Rider College, later finishing her B.S in 1969 at the University of Alabama She married Richard A Park in 1969 She lived in Phoenix, Arizona for almost 30 years and had two sons, Steven and David She was the author of the popular Junie B Jones children s series She won seven Children s Choice Awards, and four Parents Choice Awards She also wrote many middle grade novels, such as The Kid in the Red Jacket Source

    710 thoughts on “The Graduation of Jake Moon ”

    1. Title / Author / Publication Date: Park, Barbara. (2000). The graduation of Jake Moon [Recorded by Fred Savage][CD]. New York, New York: Listening Library Random House, Inc. Genre: FictionFormat: Book on CDPlot summary: : Jake Moon has always had a close relationship with his grandfather, especially because he grew up without a father, in a single parent home. Since he was born Jake has looked upon his grandfather as his ‘father’ and turned to him for love and advice. In 3rd grade, Jake’ [...]


    2. This book seriously was the most amazing book I have read in a long time. Although I felt dumb at Einstein Bagels today reading a 115 page, kid-print book, I didn't even care because I was so consumed in the plot line. I love how the author Barbara Park shows a child's view of peer acceptance, single-parenting, dysfunctional family dynamics, and maturing. The whole book Jake Moon would try to make light of his grandpa's Alzheimer's and he always said how embarrassing and hard it was to be a kid. [...]


    3. "The Graduation of Jake Moon" was a good book. It was a quick read, compared to other books I have read. The book gave some insight about Alzheimer’s disease due to Jake's grandpa's(Skelly) condition. Overall, I would not read this book again due to the lack of action. However, it was well written and is a good story. I would recommend this book to middle school or freshman students, because it was an easy read since Jake was graduating from middle school and they would be able to connect with [...]


    4. My daughter is reading this as a fifth grade assignment and I read it, too. It was a book about a boy whose live-in Grandfather has Alzheimer's. It was a bit after-school specialish, but I enjoyed it. My live-in Grandfather had Alzheimer's and this book was really relatable for me. I think it's good for kids to read about realistic adversity glad my daughter is reading it. It has sparked some good conversation between us.


    5. Jake and his single mom have always lived with Jake's grandfather, Skelly. Skelly even named Jake. Skelly was the father Jake never had. But now Skelly has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's and he has started acting weird. Jake can't even afford to have friends over to the house because he doesn't know what Skelly might do next. Jake is angry, resentful, and ashamed, but also feels guilt over those feelings. It's painful to see this man who has been such a central part of his life drifting away.


    6. Jake and his grandfather are very close, but when Skelly is diagnosed with Alzheimer's, Jake is forced to take on the role of caregiver, which puts an incredible strain on their relationship. Heartbreaking.



    7. This book was really good, and had a lot of meaning in the whole piece. This book was so interesting throughout the whole, and I always wanted to read more of it. At the end of the book you could find so many meaningful themes or messages, and thats always good to find. I enjoyed this book, hope a sequel may come out.



    8. This book was extremely well written. Although it was quite short, there was a lot of symbolism and things we can learn in daily life.


    9. "How can the one person Jake could always count on be fading as fast as--well, the moon" (Park). This novel follows the trials and tribulations of coping with a family member who is diagnosed with a life-threatening disease; in this case, Jake's grandfather, Skelly, has Alzheimer's. At first, Jake is sympathetic and defensive of his grandfather to "outsiders" who do not understand, but as time goes on and Skelly's Alzheimer's advances, Jake can hardly stand to look at him, and does whatever nece [...]


    10. This bittersweet story of love, empathy, and understanding is masterfully crafted. It is the story of a young person's struggle with the sad and poignant deterioration of a beloved grandfather's mind as the onset of Alzheimer’s disease becomes increasingly worse. When Jake Moon's grandfather, Skelly was diagnosed with this awful disease while Jake was in 3rd grade, he thought Skelly would just forget where his keys or glasses were occasionally. But, when, by 8th grade, Skelly's actions and for [...]


    11. The Graduation of Jake Moon by Barbara Park was a great story written from the view of an eighth grader. That eight grader, Jake Moon grew up with his mother and especially his grandfather by his side. He cherished his grandfather, Skelly for pushing him to always keep his chin in the air. Skelly was known by many in the local area as a wise man that took the time to make everyone feel important and loved. Unfortunately, Jake had to grow up faster than most of the kids in his classroom, because [...]


    12. Jake played a large role in caring for his grandfather and along the way, had to put up with much embarrassment, from friends whom he brought to the house and in public settings. We get a sense for his frustrations along the way and his true feelings for his grandfather later on in the story. Jake had thought his grandfather was messing with him when he repeatedly asked "What's this?" and Jake would tell him what that same item was over and over. Frustrated when his grandfather was doing this wi [...]


    13. It was a thrill to read a chapter book for an older child--took me back!This book (the copy I had) did not have an exciting or colorful cover, but the story wad written in the context of the main character Jake and was saturated with emotions. Smart choices. I was pleased that the story did not end in the expected, saddened way. It did not end in a miraculously unreal way either. It was REALISTIC. Not to be obvious, but it is under the correct genre (realistic fiction). Even a lower-level book ( [...]


    14. The Graduation of Jake Moon trails along the life of a boy who was raised by a single mother and his grandfather. Skelley, his grandfather, was his mentor and father figure until about 3rd grade when roles changed. Jake is faced with a series of personal and social obstacles as his grandfather’s progression of Alzheimer’s reaches newer extents. Along the way, Jake has no choice but to sacrifices extra-curricular activities, friends, and how he lived. He was now in charge of caring for the in [...]


    15. The graduation of Jake Moon is the story of a young boy and his relationship with his grandfather. Growing up Grandpa Skelly was Jakes father figure; Jake loved spending time and learning from Skelly.The relationship of Skelly and Jake changes drastically when Skelly develops Alzheimer’s Disease and things change for the worse. Skellys pajamas are found in the freezer and he places his bed sheets in the oven. Jake becomes to embarrassed to invite any of his friends over anymore because he was [...]


    16. The Graduation of Jake Moon written by Barbara Park, tells the story of a young boy named Jake, and his grandfather. Jake never knew his father, so his grandfather filled the role, helping out at school, teaching him valuable life lessons, etc. His grandfather was his best friend. This story however is about how he develops Alzheimer and how it effects Jakes life. He no longer has that person to teach him how to be a man, he no longer has his best friend, instead he has to take care of him, help [...]


    17. The graduation of Jake moon by Barbara ParkThis was a very emotional book and anybody that has had a friend or family member diagnosed with Alzheimer’s will agree. The story is about how a teenage boy deals with his grandfather’s disease. Jake moon is like any other teenager but he was put in a difficult spot when his grandfather, Skelly was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. During most the book Jake is embarrass by Skelly, and it almost he is a burden to him. Then one day Skelly goes missing an [...]


    18. As I am currently reading "The Graduation of Jake Moon" I couldn't help but relate to jake himself. I too found myself taking care of someone older than me. Just like Jake I found myself being the adult while my mom was the child. Although my mom didn't have Alzheimer's disease like skelly and didnt forget where things were but the cancer took over and It was my responsibilty to help take care of her. Jake became the grandson every grandparent wanted. I emphasized with Jake because he didn't hav [...]


    19. The sarcastic wit in The Graduation of Jake Moon made it so enjoyable to read! I loved the way that Barbara Park, the author, used Jake's 14 year old point of view to weave a story about the effects his grandfather's struggle with Alzheimer's had on him as an adolescent. It is a viewpoint that offered me a new perspective on what it must be like for a child experiencing a family member's long-term illness. By using Jake's point of view the author was able to create a fun, humorous, and poignant [...]


    20. I chose this book because I thought the summary on the back of the book was very interesting. This book is about a boy named Jake Moon who finds out that his grandfather has gotten Alzheimer’s disease. At first, he thinks that it is no big deal, and then the disease gets much worse. Throughout the book Jake Moon and his family suffer while taking care of Skelly (Jake’s grandfather). My favorite quote in this book is “zipper his brisket,” said by Skelly. This is my favorite quote from the [...]


    21. The Graduation of Jake Moon is one of those stories that should become required reading in schools. The story line is simplest, a kid is watching the slow deteration of his grandfather's mind and is forced to react to this situation. He first reacts as all children would, by acting immature and my wanting to face the reality of the situation but he eventually grows up. Why should this become required reading? Because children aren't living in a bubble, and if we show them that bad situations hap [...]


    22. At times this book feels like a problem novel, like it should be titled "Jake's Grandfather Has Alzheimer's Disease - A Guide For Young Readers." Note how I say AT TIMES, and fortunately it's only really near the beginning. Either way, if it were any different it may not have had the same effect. This is painfully realistic and terrifying at times story about how horrible Alzheimer's is to the person who has it and to that person's family. Right down to the last detail, it is perfect (I'm going [...]


    23. Jake's mom moved home to live with her father soon after Jake was born. Grandfather Moon goes by the name Skelly which is a contraction of his real name--Sherman Kelly changed to S. Kelly changed to Skelly. Skelly could always change a bad situation into a good one. He could always make people feel good about themselves. Then, Skelly is diagnosed with Alzheimer's during the fall of second grade. Over the next few years, Jake watches his grandfather's memory decline. He does and says bizarre thin [...]


    24. I am a huge fan of this book! Being told from the main character, Jakes, point of view. You really get a glimpse into what it is like to experience someone you love suffering from Alzheimer's disease. I think there are students out there who could really relate to Jake, and as a result feel less alone if they were experiencing something similar. The Graduation of Jake Moon would be best suited for students in the sixth grade. The story can be sad at times and it would take a more mature reader. [...]


    25. This story is about a boy named Jake Moon and his fight against the Alzheimer's Disease that his grandfather Skelly inherited. He enjoyed being with his grandfather, but this was before he had the disease. At first, Jake believe that the disease was just something you get when you get really old, and he did not care about early on. Over time, Jake began to realize the severity of the disease, and he realizes the difficulty that his grandfather is going through throughout the story. What I believ [...]


    26. This story deals with a family's struggle to care for a relative with Alzheimer's disease. When it begins, Jake is in first grade, and he loves to spend time with his grandfather. His grandfather teaches him about carpentry, helps him learn to do pull-ups on the monkey bars, and takes him to his first Little League baseball game. Soon after this, though, Jake's grandfather learns that he has Alzheimer's disease. As the years pass, Jake becomes embarrassed by his grandfather's increasingly odd be [...]


    27. The Graduation of Jake Moon is one of those stories that should become required reading in schools. The story line is simplest, a kid is watching the slow deteration of his grandfather's mind and is forced to react to this situation. He first reacts as all children would, by acting immature and my wanting to face the reality of the situation but he eventually grows up. Why should this become required reading? Because children aren't living in a bubble, and if we show them that bad situations hap [...]


    28. There is a table of contents in the beginning. It is interesting because there is no description on the back about the book, instead it is in the inside of the cover. Jake is dealing with his grandfather having Alzheimer's disease. At first he doesn't think it'll be that big of a deal, but it ends up being one. He doesn't want to invite his friends over because he doesn't want to be embarrassed. He realizes his grandfather is fading as fast as the moon. He always could rely on him, but now he ha [...]


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