By Audrey Couloumbis

Jake by Audrey Couloumbis

Jake wants a bike for Christmas, but when an accident lands his mother in the hospital, a path opens up to deliver to him a richer, finer Christmas than he could have imagined. There are a few bumps along the way, but this year he’s in for a ride he won’t ever forget.


“A gripping story.”                                                                                 —Horn Book Magazine *Starred Review*

“The spare, first-person narrative is filled with immediate dialogue and small details that eloquently reveal Jake’s worry about his mother (and his guilt when he forgets to worry), as well as his wariness of strange, tough-love Grandpa and his crabby pet. …Never message-heavy, the drama about the meaning of family will touch readers. ”                    —Booklist

“Jake tells his story in a straightforward and often funny way that will resonate with young readers well beyond the holiday season.”                                                    —School Library Journal

“. . .this book confirms that family boundaries are expandable and family love can overcome obstacles.” Ages 8–12.                                                                         –Publisher’s Weekly

“. . .is a sweet story, with the sort of kind, supportive people young readers should know in life as in literature. . . Pleasant and satisfying.” (Fiction.8-12)            –Kirkus

Thank you to Rebecca Stead, Newbery Medal–winning author of When You Reach Me: “JAKE will make you want to reach out and draw the world a little closer.”

Thank you to Susan Patron, Newbery Medal–winning author of the Higher Power of Lucky: “A vibrant, heartening story, Jake is proof that the best gifts come in small packages.”

Thank you to Jennifer L. Holm, three-time Newbery Honor–winning author of Turtle in Paradise, Penny from Heaven, and Our Only May Amelia.

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A Bulletin Blue Ribbon Book

A CCBC Choices Book

A Parents ’Choice recommended Award Winner

NYS Reading Association’s Charlotte Award Finalist

Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award Master List