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A heartwarming holiday story from Audrey Couloumbis, the Newbery Honor-winning author of Getting Near to Baby. With beautiful writing and an endearing young narrator so honest and full of hope that you can't help but fall in love with him, Audrey Couloumbis tells a story, of a young boy and the grandfather that he's just getting to know, that will make readers laugh and cry and, most of all, appreciate the gift of family.

It's a few days before Christmas when ten-year-old Jake's mom breaks her leg, ending up in the hospital. For as long as Jake can remember, it's been just him and his mom. So with no one else to look after him, the hospital contacts the gruff granddad that Jake only knows through awkward once-a-year phone calls. When Granddad shows up, he's nothing like Jake expected. And he brings a dog with him - a nightmare dog, Jake thinks at first. But as Jake gets to know his grandfather and a makeshift family of friends and neighbors comes together around him and his mom, he realizes that this might not be such a bad Christmas after all.

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Hardback Editions

September 2010 : USA Hardback
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Title: Jake
Author(s): Audrey Couloumbis
ISBN: 0-375-85630-7 / 978-0-375-85630-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


September 2010 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Jake
Author(s): Audrey Couloumbis
ISBN: 0-375-95630-1 / 978-0-375-95630-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Paperback Editions

August 2011 : USA Paperback
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Title: Jake
Author(s): Audrey Couloumbis
ISBN: 0-375-85631-5 / 978-0-375-85631-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Yearling
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

September 2010 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Jake
Author(s): Audrey Couloumbis
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   



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