There are many words to describe Jack He's smart, friendly, a leader, and a roll model for kids of all ages in the neighborhood. In fact Jack might be considered a legend. Don't legends have to be gone in some way? Well, Jack is not gone, but something is happening to Jack. Jack feels it. Everybody senses it, and some are afraid. Jack and his friends try to make sense of what is happening. In fact, it is happening to all of them, and they can't seem to stop it. They've heard about it. There has been rumors. How are these kids going to stop the mysterious developments that will eventually take them from the life they love so much?
I think this is one book of Jerry Spinelli's could be a lost gem on the bookshelves. I really enjoyed Spinelli's perspective of a kid's world being separate from the adult world. I hope there are still neighborhoods around like Jack's and his friends. I get the feeling that as young kids strive to be adults sooner and sooner, kids like Jack will be gone before they ever get the chance to become legend.
Next time you need to give a book report in class, think about different ways the information can be shared. This is a simple video made with iMovie using the pictures from the text. WeVideo allows you to do the same thing. There are many new ways to consider presenting information in class. Google slides are still a great way to plan your presentation, but why not consider something a little more engaging and fun to watch?