Jo Jo Makoons: The Used-to-Be Best Friend

Category: Book
Illustrated By: Audibert, Tara
By (author): Quigley, Dawn
Series: Jo Jo
Subject:  JUVENILE FICTION / Concepts / Alphabet
  JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / United States / Native American
  JUVENILE FICTION / Readers / Chapter Books
  JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
Audience: children/juvenile
Awards: Amazon.com Best Books of the Month
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: May 2021
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 80
Size: 7.62in x 5.12in x 0.50in
Our Price:
$ 19.99
Availability:
Available to order

Additional Notes

From The Publisher*

Hello/Boozhoo-meet Jo Jo Makoons! Full of pride, joy, and plenty of humor, this first book in an all-new chapter book series by Dawn Quigley celebrates a spunky young Ojibwe girl who loves who she is.

Jo Jo Makoons Azure is a spirited seven-year-old who moves through the world a little differently than anyone else on her Ojibwe reservation. It always seems like her mom, her kokum (grandma), and her teacher have a lot to learn-about how good Jo Jo is at cleaning up, what makes a good rhyme, and what it means to be friendly.

Even though Jo Jo loves her #1 best friend Mimi (who is a cat), she's worried that she needs to figure out how to make more friends. Because Fern, her best friend at school, may not want to be friends anymore…

The Heartdrum imprint centers a wide range of intertribal voices, visions, and stories while welcoming all young readers, with an emphasis on the present and future of Indian Country and on the strength of young Native heroes. In partnership with We Need Diverse Books.

Review Quote*"Young readers will revel in the humor this chapter book offers: the wordplay, the nicknames, and Jo Jo's irrepressible narrative voice. A joyful book about growing up Native in a loving community-not to be missed."
Review Quote*"In a winning, straightforward voice, Quigley adeptly creates strong classroom scenes that convey an inclusive student body's realistic dynamic and an endearing, assured seven-year-old protagonist who appreciates her cultural identity."
Review Quote*"Funny and smart, with a sly sense of humor that's entirely its own, prepare for a series that you'll want to see much more of in the future."
Review Quote*"Readers come to know Jo Jo's quirky perspective, her insecurities and her cultural identity, which informs how she sees the world. Jo Jo's sense of humor, playful attitude and frequent misinterpretations of dialogue and body language are sure to lead to plenty of giggles. Jo Jo's family, teachers and friends keep her on her toes, learning and growing. Quigley's first-person narration is fast paced, witty and engaging, while illustrator Tara Audibert's black-and-white cartoon-style illustrations assist with character development and deepen the story's setting."