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Jelly is as surprised as anyone when he decides that he's going to win the annual sixth grade speech contest.

Just like that, Joe Alton Miles, better known as Jelly (because his initials are J.A.M. and his best friend's are P.B.), is faced with overcoming not only his terror of being in the spotlight, but also the wrath of smart, popular Victoria, who believes that the prize (like all prizes) is rightfully hers. At first, Jelly only cares about winning the awesome prize (a new tablet), but as Victoria escalates her campaign against him, Jelly begins to realize that it's not only the prize that's at stake, but also his reputation, his self-respect and the friendship he values most. Jelly must dig deep inside himself to find out if he's strong enough to stand up to Victoria and show everyone what he's really capable of.

Hilariously funny and just as poignant, Speechless is about finding out who your friends are, giving back, standing up to bullying and finding your own unique voice.

Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781443142670
Branch Call Number: J FIC Mook
Characteristics: 159 pages


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VaughanPLDianeB Jun 28, 2019

I really liked this book -- the fear of public speaking is relatable to many! I was impressed with how the main character, Joe (aka 'Jelly'), is portrayed as a reflective, smart, flawed yet compassionate young man -- a good role model character for young readers. The bully, a prim and proper overachieving female character, challenges assumptions of what a bully looks like and sounds like, which provides an interesting twist. While I enjoyed the plot and character development, part of me longed for more resolution with the bully's future prospects. Overall, a very worthwhile read for tweens with a lot of content for discussion -- you won't be left 'speechless'!

May 28, 2017

Yay! Jelly! I loved this book! very funny, well written and touched on some important issues that many school age children face like friendship and bullying.

Nov 18, 2016

I really enjoyed reading this book and I hope some show-offs will learn from this book!

Jeanne Currell
Jul 18, 2016

i was reading it and the story was about that time when 1 of my kids did a speech!!

May 16, 2016

Love this book. And it's not just for kids - although my daughter read it in a gulp! I read it in a gulp too - and in places I laughed till I cried. Excellent story well told. Highly recommend.

samdog123 Nov 21, 2015

Really enjoyed this book about a speech competition in middle school. The book deals with the issues of bullying, friendship and giving back to the community. Author Jennifer Mook-Sang was nominated for a 2016 Silver Birch award for this book. Well done and hope to see more from her.

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