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. Volume XXIII Number 11. . . .November 18, 2016
Jay (short for Jason) lives in Parry Sound with his family. Although his mom is embarrassingly loud, his dad is a wanna-be-hipster, his sister, Jodie is perpetually annoyed, and his brother, Dylan ignores him half the time, Jayís life is running pretty smoothly. Or it was - until this year.
Jay is starting grade six, and it hasnít been a great start. His clothes are uncool, the school bully is in his classroom, and, to make matters worse, Jayís just discovered that this year they are required to take a full hour of music. Which means that Jay has to learn to play an instrument. In front of the whole class. Solo.
Itís not that Jayís afraid of pressure. He plays center on the Parry Sound Shamrocks (the same team Bobby Orr played on as a kid), and he can hold his own. He may not be the biggest or the fastest, but heís got skills. But playing an instrument in front of people by himself? This is not going to be Jayís year.
Fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid and The Dork Diaries will enjoy this story of grade six gone awry as experienced by the funny and endearing Jay Roberts.
Tabitha Nordby is a Readersí Advisory and Reference Instructor in the Library and Information Technology Program at Red River College in Winnipeg, MB.
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