Jason's mom says he is a problem, and puts him in a group home. Now Jason has to live with boys and grown-ups he doesn't know. Jason thinks, Now I'm in a house that isn't my house. I w
2014 Silver Birch Express Award nominee
Jason's mom says he is a problem, and puts him in a group home. Now Jason has to live with boys and grown-ups he doesn't know.
Jason thinks, Now I'm in a house that isn't my house. I watch their hands and feet. When hands and feet move fast, you're going to get hit.
There's a big bubble of mad inside Jason. It makes him yell and throw things. Jason wants to be good and move home again, but the mad bubble just won't go away.
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"Told in first person present tense using a hi-low format, Jason's account is both illuminating and moving. . . this title is recommended for Jason's honest portrayal of a child learning to cope with a difficult life."Recommended.
— CM Magazine
"Jason's Whyis an exceptionally brave little novel that packs a big punch. Goobie has painted a remarkable picture of nine-year-old Jason, a child who deeply struggles with his anger issues, but who is also not to blame for being angry. . . Jason's Why is a valuable classroom resource that would be an excellent starting point for discussion about issues like bullying, mental health, tolerance and empathy. "
— Canadian Children Booknews
"A profoundly moving and beautifully written first-person account of the feelings and experiences of this at-risk boy, Jason's Why is a thought-provoking book for readers from Grade 4."
"A great gift for a youth residential treatment centre, a classroom library, or anyone with a social conscience, Jason's Why by Beth Goobie illustrates for Grades 4 to 8 a story not often seen in children's fiction. Nine-year-old Jason has an abusive family and behavioral problems - a combination of challenges that lands him in a group home where he begins to envision positive change. I love Jason's Why for the windows and mirrors it provides to readers - for the safe context it offers regarding a worthy exploration of difficulties familiar to many Canadian kids."
— The Ottawa Citizen
Beth Goobie is an award-winning poet and writer who lives in Saskatchewan. She is the author of Born Ugly, The Lottery and Before Wings.
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