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Sunday 8 May 2011

Review: Always Jack

The much loved character of Jack, from books I Am Jack and Super Jack, returns in this installment with an endorsement from the Cancer Council NSW and the National Breast and Ovarian Cancer Centre.

Even better, a percentage of Gervay's royalties from the sale of this book are being donated to both of the aforementioned causes.

A cancer survivor herself, Gervay wrote this book to help families affected by cancer, as well as the communities around them.

Always Jack tells the story of a young boy dealing with a lot of changes. Moving house, his mother getting married, girls, and one more thing that's really scary.

Jack's mum has found out she has breast cancer.

Readers are taken along with the family as they deal with the diagnosis, treatment and after-shock of this devastating time. Will they have their happy ending?

This book, despite its heavy topics, is funny, quirky and addictive. The characters are so real and loveable, and the settings and storylines are gripping. It is a story that kids will love, that will also teach them some important lessons - for those who aren't in this situation, empathy and understanding; for kids who have been or are currently going through this, it shows them that they're not alone. That what they're feeling is normal and okay.

And that is so important.

Title: Always Jack
Author: Susanne Gervay
Illustrator: Cathy Wilcox
Publisher: Angus and Robertson, $14.9
Publication Date: October 2010
Format: Softcover
ISBN: 9780732290207
For ages: 8 - 12
Type: Junior Fiction

Read our interview with author Susanne Gervay