Reviews for Jazzy’s Quest: What Matters Most

jazzys-quest-what-matters-most“Jazzy’s Quest: What Matters Most is an engaging story that addresses for young readers friendship issues, diversity, inclusion, and more in such a sensitive and compassionate way. Love this!”
-Trudy Ludwig, bestselling author of The Invisible Boy and Confessions of a Former Bully

“This second Jazzy’s Quest is wonderful in so many ways. It thoughtfully addresses important social issues (that all of us should be dealing with, not just tweens). It normalizes the diversity of families in our world today (notably including adoptive ones). And it’s a very entertaining, well-written book that’s page-turningly enjoyable to read (again, not just for people of a certain age).”
Adam Pertman, author of Adoption Nation and President of the National Center on Adoption and Permanency

“Jazzy is a strong Latina adoptee who takes on all the challenges she faces.”
– Sophie, age 11

“With dynamic, colorful prose, and wonderful, relatable characters, the Jazzy’s Quest series will delight middle-grade readers and their parents alike. These hip, fast-paced books sparkle with thoughtfulness and depth while exploring difference, belonging, race, family, adoption, friendship, and a multitude of everyday tween trials and triumphs.  Like Jazzy herself, each book is a unique gem.”
-Jillian Lauren, bestselling author of Everything You Ever Wanted

“I like Jazzy because she likes Star Wars and she’s strong.”
-Anna, age eight

“Is there any greater dilemma for a tween girl than deciding whether to stand with and up for your friends who are not included in the popular clique, or whether to grab a rare opportunity to join the popular kids when one arises? What happens when the decision to accept a birthday party invitation from the most popular girl in class has the potential to hurt a good friend who has been left out? This is the problem facing our heroine, Jazzy Armstrong, in the second early chapter book of the Jazzy’s Quest series. ‘What matters most’ for Jazzy is at the heart of this book about friendship, social striving, and exclusionary behavior in elementary school. Jazzy learns that even through mistakes—or perhaps especially through mistakes—there can be redemption, and a deeper understanding of what it means to be a friend. In her quest to resolve her dilemma, Jazzy shows the reader the beauty and complexity of friendship, as well as the empathy and introspection it takes to grow up into a kind and principled human being.”
-Lori Day, author of Her Next Chapter: How Mother-Daughter Book Clubs Can Help Girls Navigate Malicious Media, Risky Relationships, Girl Gossip, and So Much More

Jazzy’s Quest: What Matters Most covers adoption, history, and honesty in a way that is both engaging and accessible to early gradeschoolers. Carrie Goldman and Juliet Bond have come up with a story that will both entertain and open a doorway into some important conversations with your kiddos!”
-Addison Cooper, Adoption at the Movies

“Jazzy’s Quest is an awesome book! I love how much it relates to my life! I was 9 when I read it, am Honduran-American, and was adopted as a baby by my parents who are not Hispanic.”
Bella, age 10

“The second installment of the Jazzy’s Quest series is a complete and full story that will have you will compel you to keep reading until the very last page. While this is a book for elementary school aged readers, kids and adults alike will be able to glean a better understanding of what it is like to be a foster or adopted child from this tale. However, Carrie Goldman & Juliet Bond are able to weave a story in such a way that the reader is educated about the life and emotions of a foster/adoptive child without sacrificing a top-notch storyline. In addition caregivers will be very pleased to know that while the book highlights certain foster care and adoption issues, there is almost a “normalizing” effect as other adoptees and foster children can see that other people have come up against similar issues as themselves. This book is a must for parents, caregivers, teachers, or anyone that would like their child to better empathize with others.”
– Darren Fink, Transfiguring Adoption

“I’m adopted, and I like Jazzy because the book shows how people learn to accept others for who they are.”
– Samuel, age 12, adoptee

“As an adoptive parent with a blended family through adoption, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a chapter book that both my daughter and I could read together. My daughter and I have read both books in the series. I am encouraging everyone here to take check out this series – adopted or not, there’s something for everyone. Now that we read the second book, together – it’s given us a good place to talk about openness in adoption and how our blended family has taken risks to keep others included, when sometimes others don’t understand what’s at stake –sort of like friendship, it’s complicated and amazing.”
– Veronica Chenik Gilmore, adoptive mother

“Jazzy made some choices that surprised me, It’s hard to be left out and included in different groups of friends, it can be confusing to decide what matters most!”
-Alexis, age 12, adoptee

 

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