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 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|
|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|
|Publisher||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Imprint||Carolrhoda Books ®|
|Number of Pages||296|
- Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year
- Cybils Nominee
“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
“Twin themes of abandonment and belief twine through this somewhat mind-bending debut.”—Booklist
“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
“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
“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. His first novel, My Ex-Imaginary Friend, was named a Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year. 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 →
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