The Journal of Jenny September

Author: Isaacsen-Bright

Subjects: School Experience; Family Relationships; Homelessness; Social Relationships

Age: 10, 11, 12, 13

Grade: 5, 6, 7, 8

ISBN: 978-0-89824-441-0

Order code: 4410

Price: $14.99
Website price: $10.00

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Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 4410S

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Jenny’s teacher has required her students to do a year-long project. Twelve-year-old Jenny decides to keep a daily journal, but her teacher never expected it to be the truly extraordinary document that Jenny turns in at the end of the school year.

At the beginning of the year, her mother leaves, and Jenny and her father are soon homeless. Father and daughter go through several stages of homelessness. They first live in a VW “Bug,” spending the nights in parking lots until the police catch them. They next call a self-storage unit home until they are found out. A bus becomes home, too. At each stage, Jenny writes of the difficulties and problems involved in being homeless.

Through it all, Jenny manages to keep up with her schoolwork. One of the warm safe havens for her is the library, where she can do her homework. Jenny makes friends at the beginning of the schoolyear with a girl from a prosperous home. This is a friendship that dies as poverty and homelessness overtake Jenny. She is, however, befriended by a black male classmate who is homeless and parentless and who knows that Jenny is homeless, even though she is trying to hide it from her classmates. He introduces Jenny and her father to life under a bridge amid the flowerbeds of a park and a babbling brook.

In a humiliating incident, Jenny's former friends discover that Jenny is homeless. The yogurt shop in the shopping mall looks out over the park, and they see Jenny under the bridge.

Jenny and her father fight their way through problems during the course of the year. He manages to find work and to consolidate and pay bills. The novel ends on a note of promise. Readers will gain a great deal of compassion for the homeless through this novel.

Jenny’s teacher has required her students to do a year-long project. Twelve-year-old Jenny decides to keep a daily journal, but her teacher never expected it to be the truly extraordinary document that Jenny turns in at the end of the school year. 

At the beginning of the year, her mother leaves, and Jenny and her father are soon homeless. Father and daughter go through several stages of homelessness. They first live in a VW “Bug,” spending the nights in parking lots until the police catch them. They next call a self-storage unit home until they are found out. A bus becomes home, too. At each stage, Jenny writes of the difficulties and problems involved in being homeless.

Through it all, Jenny manages to keep up with her schoolwork. One of the warm safe havens for her is the library, where she can do her homework. Jenny makes friends at the beginning of the schoolyear with a girl from a prosperous home. This is a friendship that dies as poverty and homelessness overtake Jenny. She is, however, befriended by a black male classmate who is homeless and parentless and who knows that Jenny is homeless, even though she is trying to hide it from her classmates. He introduces Jenny and her father to life under a bridge amid the flowerbeds of a park and a babbling brook.

In a humiliating incident, Jenny's former friends discover that Jenny is homeless. The yogurt shop in the shopping mall looks out over the park, and they see Jenny under the bridge.

Jenny and her father fight their way through problems during the course of the year. He manages to find work and to consolidate and pay bills. The novel ends on a note of promise. Readers will gain a great deal of compassion for the homeless through this novel.

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