Title: The Graduation of Jake Moon
Author: Barbara Park
Genre: Kid Chapter Book
Publisher/Date: Atheneum Books for Young Readers/2000
Dates read: 7/23/17/ - 7/29/17
Eighth grader, Jake Moon, and his life haven’t been the same since his grandfather, Skelly, got Alzheimer’s disease. The kids at school and in the neighborhood make fun of and tease Jake about his granddad’s antics. Jake knows the man can’t help it. Jake liked spending time with his grandfather but now he is mostly stuck fastening the Velcro on Skelly’s sneakers, or wiping rice off his chin. All of a sudden it seems Jake is the grown-up and Skelly is the kid.
This is a must-read for kids with adults in their lives who have this disease. At the end of the book is an information page about how to contact the national office and where to locate the nearest chapter, together with some websites to learn more about Alzheimer’s.