Pay Attention, Carter Jones

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Carter Jones opens the door one rainy morning to find an English butler there ready to help to get Carter and his sisters to school. In fact, he was there to stay as long as their mother needed him. Their dad is deployed overseas and hasn’t been home in a while, not since he took Carter to Australia after Carter’s younger brother died. Mr. Bowles-Fitzpatrick drives a purple Bentley and teaches Carter to drive even though he is only twelve. The butler also teaches Carter and some other boys to play cricket. But cricket is just another way of teaching him some important life lessons, ones he will need since things are changing in his life in a big way.

If Mary Poppins had been a butler and come to America, this would be that story. In many ways, Gary D. Schmidt, master storyteller, mirrors that story in this book with delightful humor, well-drawn characters, and a complex story that is unpredictable and has a couple of surprise gut-punches that will leave readers thinking. Middle school is a tough time for a lot of kids, and this book might help them through the hard times.


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Author Gary D. Schmidt
Star Count 4.5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 224 pages
Publisher Clarion Books
Publish Date 2019-06-07
ISBN 9780544790858
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Issue June 2019
Category Tweens
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