The Trouble with Jacob
The trouble with nine-year-old Jacob--one trouble--was that he was hard to find when you wanted him. He was also hard to talk to, and gave strange answers to what seemed simple questions. But Andy Peterson, who saw him first, and later his twin sister, Kat, gradually became convinced that Jacob's real trouble was far greater than they'd supposed, and infinitely harder to cope with. When Andy rashly promised Jacob he'd cope, it became the twins' problem too. They were already busy helping their mother, Dodie, run her feckless brother's Hidden Creek Lodge in the Cascade foothills. And just when they were learning to drive Mr. Buckle's Belgian horses, Jacob's trouble took over their summer. Eventually it involved everybody--including the county sheriff's office. Mr. Buckle and the Sweet family tried to help; Mr. Len Harper, the egg-man, hindered every way he could; and the little mountain town of Harper's Mill split into wrangling factions. The way in which the twins, with Dodie's help, reached a strange and shocking solution to the riddle of Jacob will hold young readers to the last word of this unusual story, with its strong characterizations of the highly unidentical twins and the unforgettable Jacob.
The author, Eloise McGraw, has also written the Newbery Honor novel The Moorchild, two additional Newbery Honor novels, and many other beloved children's novels.
- 1988 Eloise Jarvis McGraw
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