Spring 2021

My Ex-Imaginary Friend

  • Interest Level: Grade 4 - Grade 6   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

Eleven-year-old Jack thought he had outgrown his imaginary friend, George—until his dad also disappears from his life. His mom’s bipolar disorder isn’t being properly treated, so while in the throes of a manic episode, she ditches Jack with his aunt, uncle, and cousins. Jack decides that only George can help him figure out where people go when others stop believing in them—and how Jack can put his family back together.

Meanwhile, the imaginary George—half-walrus, half-human, all magic—has a problem of his own: with nobody to believe in him, he is slowly disappearing. Rejoining Jack is his only hope for survival. Or is it?

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Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 6
Reading Level Grade 4
Genre Fiction
Category SEL: A Self-Awareness, SEL: B Self-Management, SEL: C Social Awareness, SEL: D Relationship Skills, SEL: E Responsible Decision-Making, Social Emotional Learning
Copyright 2021
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Books ®
Language English
Number of Pages 296
Publication Date 2021-02-02
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV013060, JUV051000, JUV039240
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 5.25 x 7.5
Lexile 650
Guided Reading Level V
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Awards, Reviewed, Teaching Guides, and eSource

Awards

  • Cybils Nominee, Nominated, 2021

Reviews

Kirkus Reviews

“Complicated emotions and difficult family conversations are bracketed with kindness in this unusual book.”—Kirkus Reviews

School Library Journal

“A poignant, multilayered story that will appeal to those looking for a heartfelt family drama.”—School Library Journal

Booklist

“Twin themes of abandonment and belief twine through this somewhat mind-bending debut.”—Booklist

Anna Staniszewski

“A delightfully quirky and heartwarming tale of friendship and family that had me wishing for an imaginary friend of my own!”—Anna Staniszewski, author of The Wonder of Wildflowers and the Once Upon a Fairy Tale series

Jo Knowles

“This hard-to-put-it-down gem about friendship, family, and forgiveness made me laugh, cry, and believe in the extraordinary. Jack and George are sure to win readers’ hearts and remind them of the power—and joy—of imagination.”—Jo Knowles, author of See You at Harry’s, Still A Work in Progress, and Where the Heart Is

Melissa Savage

“A poignant story about friendship, growing up, difficult goodbyes, and what it means to be family.”—Melissa D. Savage, author of Lemons and Nessie Quest

Author: Jimmy Matejek-Morris

Jimmy Matejek-Morris is an author and screenwriter. He lives in Massachusetts with his husband.

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My Ex-Imaginary Friend

Eleven-year-old Jack thought he had outgrown his imaginary friend, George—until his dad also disappears from his life. His mom’s bipolar disorder isn’t being properly treated, so while in the throes of a manic episode, she ditches Jack with his aunt, uncle, and cousins. Jack… View available downloads →