The Graduation of Jake Moon

The Graduation of Jake Moon

Illustrated by: Paul Colin
For Ages: 9 - 12
  • reading group guide
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.
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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  • Aladdin | 
  • 128 pages | 
  • ISBN 9780689839856 | 
  • June 2002 | 
  • Grades 4 - 6
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Chapter 1: The Twist

There are these three eighth-grade boys. They've just gotten out of school for the day. And they're about to take off in different directions, when they notice something going on in the trash Dumpster at the other end of the parking lot.

They're still pretty far away from it, but they can see an old man sitting on the edge of the thing. His back is facing them, and he's just sort of balancing himself there. Staring down into the bottom of the Dumpster.

The boys watch him for a second. And then one of them starts grinning. And he cups his hands around his mouth and shouts out, "Hey! Don't jump, Pops!... see more

Reading Group Guide

A GUIDE FOR READING GROUPS
THE GRADUATION OF JAKE MOON

By Barbara Park
ABOUT THE BOOK
Fourteen-year-old Jake Moon recalls the last four years of life with his beloved grandfather who has Alzheimer's disease.
THEMES
Alzheimer's disease; Grandfathers; Families; Responsibilities; School stories
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
- Do you understand how Jake can be so embarrassed by yet still love his grandfather? How would you react?
- How would your life change if someone in your family required constant care because of Alzheimer's? For what other reasons would someone require care?
- Why do Jake and his cousin James not get along? What do they not understand about each other?
ACTIVITIES
- Using the contact information at the end of the book, begin to find out more about Alzheimer's disease.
- If there is a local Alzheimer's care center in the area, invite a caseworker, caregiver, or a family member to share their experiences and knowledge.
- Contact the local police department and television stations to discover how they approach a missing family member. What do they both need and how does their help differ?
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