Watching Jimmy

Watching Jimmy

Book - 2009
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A novel of danger, warmth, and dark humor -- about a brain-damaged young boy and the friend who knows a terrible secret.

Watching Jimmy is an impossible-to-put-down novel full of danger, warmth, and dark humor. With shocking candor, young Carolyn relates the truth about what really happened to her best friend, Jimmy, when his Uncle Ted chose the perfect time to teach him a lesson he'd never forget. The truth is, Jimmy didn't fall from a swing like Uncle Ted claims -- Carolyn knows, because she saw everything. According to her, "Uncle Ted just didn't count on me, Carolyn, [being] perched in a tree where the park and the parking lot meet."

With the dreadful secret locked away, Carolyn walks an emotional tightrope. No matter what else is happening in this post-war era, she must keep an eye on poor, brain-damaged Jimmy: making sure he behaves, keeping him clean, and keeping him safe -- especially from Uncle Ted. But when Uncle Ted threatens his beleaguered family with even more abuse and the loss of their home, Carolyn must find the courage to match wits with him and to speak out, using the truth as her only weapon. But perhaps her biggest challenge will lie in finding a way to get Jimmy the expensive operation he needs to relieve the pressure on his brain, because:

"As I told you, our Jimmy is not a mental defective like people say. Our Jimmy is in there. He's in there. This I know." Set in 1958, Watching Jimmy is a brilliant portrait of a time past, a family of strong women, and a resourceful young girl who exudes character, resilience, and, most of all, love.
Publisher: Toronto : Tundra Books, c2009
ISBN: 9780887768712
Branch Call Number: J F Ha
Characteristics: 152 p.

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maiapoon
Aug 18, 2015

This Canadian book will lead you into the life of an 11 year old girl, Carolyn, and her strong opinions and perspectives. Her friend, Jimmy has mental health issues due to an accident that she witnessed first hand. You will find out how she deals with her problems in this intricately crafted tale of right and wrong by Nancy Hartry, an amazing person and writer.

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harrison7548
Sep 19, 2012

An emotionally moving, short read rated 4 stars!

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ingridfiebig
Jul 12, 2012

This book very straight forward. It starts out right with the action and then the rest is two characters going on an adventure to escape from they're tough life at home. It was also more religious than I expected which is okay, but I'm not a strong believer in that sort of thing.

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kitty10
Jan 27, 2012

This book seems so interesting and it's for the YRCA. They came to our school and I was confused so I'm just reading a book anyway.

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HanaKur
Oct 22, 2011

i want a read this

loonylovesgood Aug 29, 2011

A great addition to 2012 YRCA. Canadian too! Really gripping, I couldn't put it down and read it in a day!

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Librarykim
Oct 26, 2010

What a wonderful book, could not stop reading it - dinner was very late tonight! Just a hint, a kleenex might be required-not sad, just moving!

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