This fourth and last book winds up the exceptional Jack series. It has been fourteen years since the release of I am Jack, inspired by the fact that Susanne’s son was bullied as a boy. Translated all over the world, the Jack series has encouraged many to fight against this scourge that has ruined or taken lives of all ages, mostly those of school children. An anti-bullying advocate, Gervay has used these stories as tools for awareness and movement towards change in attitudes towards bullying.
In Being Jack, the same themes from the previous books continue. Bullying is the main thread tied beautifully together in tight, clever prose with loss - of a parent leaving, and loss and grief of losing a much loved older grandparent. Ageing and its liberties, family, ethnic issues and blended families weave into and through jokes and fun, and the agony of change and growing up.
Jack is now thirteen. We view his private thoughts and experiences. Due to Gervay’s ability to approach and express emotions with rare sensitivity, we share all things with Jack.
Reviewed by Anastasia Gonis
Title: Being Jack
Author: Susanne Gervay
Illustrator: Cathy Wilcox
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: September 2014 $14.99RRP
Type: Junior novel