Grades 3 - 5
Grade level Equivalent: 3.5
Lexile® Measure: 690L
Guided Reading: Q
- Realistic Fiction
- Elementary School
- Family Life
- Homelessness and Poverty
- Country Life
- Behavioral and Learning Problems and Disorders
About This Book
Juice Faulstich lives with her Pa and Ma and her four sisters way out in the hills. Working with her hands comes easy to Juice, but letters and numbers don't make any sense to her, so she's starting third grade all over again.
When Pa gets an official-looking letter, he and Juice search out the meaning behind it. The letter says that the town has sold their house away from them. But the family has one last chance to pay back the taxes they owe before they lose everything.
Where will they ever find the money to get their house back? And how can they keep such a big secret from Ma?
Newbery Medalist Karen Hesse works her magic again in this gentle family story about life-sized problems and everyday heroes.
Praise for Just Juice
"Like her Newbery Award-winning Out of the Dust, Hesse once again celebrates a child's ability to extract beauty, pleasure and even signs of hope for her harsh surroundings... This brave heroine will pass the torch to readers everywhere; her courage is infectious." — Publishers Weekly, starred review