From the Cover of Jazzy’s Quest: What Matters Most by Carrie Goldman and Juliet Bond, LCSW:
“What matters most to you?
That’s what Jazzy and her new friend Michael need to figure out when faced with some tough decisions. Is what matters most being at the coolest birthday party in town? Is it competing in an amazing Star Wars contest? Or is it helping a friend in need? Join Jazzy on her quest to discover what matters most.”
Visit Jazzy online at jazzysquest.com
Transfiguring Adoption awarded this book 5 Hoots out of 5 based on how useful it will be for a foster/adoptive family. [Learn more about our Hoot grading system here]
What Our Family Thought:
If you have read our review of the first book in the series, this assessment is going to begin in much the same manner.
The target audience for this fictional book is elementary-aged children. It’s an early reader chapter book, and the main character is in fourth grade, so it’s particularly good for middle to upper elementary children (although our 12 year old enjoyed reading this tale also). This work has a lot of merit for foster and adoptive families as it addresses many common issues kiddos in these families face.
This book is going to bring up several issues that children in general face in elementary school but also issues directly related to foster or adoptive children. Specifically, this book will address the lack of trust or attachment that some children have for others due to broken promises or instability. It is going to address the issue of how a child feels about himself/herself, looking for identity, and wanting to fit in with other kids at school.
As a foster/adoptive parent, I can appreciate how the book introduces issues into the story which will then in turn give the general public a glimpse of a foster/adoptive child’s life. In presenting these issues the book also “normalizes” or allows foster/adoptive kids to see that other children do indeed live a similar life as themselves. One particular event is when Jazzy speaks with her birth parent on the phone which does not have a huge impact on the plot but again gives a glimpse into an adoptive child’s life.
The tale also does well of telling a great story without forcing the topic of adoption or foster care. Subsequently, the two main characters are adoptive children from foster care but the book doesn’t present them as such to force a point like when a TV series has one minority character obviously to appear as though they have a diverse cast.
Once again, our adoptive children were able to relate to some facet of this book and it seemed to keep their attention from the the nine year old to the sixteen year old. Transfiguring Adoption recommends adding this book to your library for healthy conversation with your foster or adoptive family.
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It’s Your Turn:
- Why do you think Jazzy would like feeling different sometimes?
- Why was Jazzy feeling disappointed in this chapter?
- When have you felt disappointed? Have you ever felt jealous? How are they different
- Is it okay to be disappointed?
- Why did Michael move around so much?
- Why didn’t Alec play at recess? How do you think he felt?
- What are two things Michael and Jazzy have in common?
- How do you feel when you have something in common with someone?
- Why did Michael leave his Chewbacca mask at another home?
- Why is Michael so happy spending time with Jazzy and her family?
- What appointment does Jazzy have every month?
- Why is Michael upset about Jazzy being late?
- How do you think Michael feels about not getting to see his birth mom?
- Jazzy explains to Michael that sometimes she doesn’t feel like she fits in with her adoptive family. How do you think that might feel?
- Why is Jazzy excited about Alec’s phone call?
- What do you think she should do? What would you do?
- The popular girls are noticing Jazzy. How does this make her feel?
- Why doesn’t Jazzy tell the truth to Michael? Why does it hurt her so bad to lie to Michael?
- Why does Jazzy’s sister think something might go very wrong with Jazzy’s plan?
- What would you do if you were Jazzy right now? Why?
- Did Jazzy have fun at the birthday part? Why or why not?
- What did Jazzy’s mom and dad have to say about the lie?
- Why does Michael not believe that Jazzy is sorry or was going to tell him about the lie?
- What was wrong with the prize Jazzy received in the mail?
- How did Jazzy make things up to Michael?
- What was more important – the contest or Jazzy’s friendships?
- Why do you think it is important to apologize to people?