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Jacob Have I Loved [Paperback]

By Katherine Paterson (Author)
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Item description for Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson...

Feeling deprived all her life of schooling, friends, mother, and even her name by her twin sister, Louise finally begins to find her identity.

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I was proud of my sister, but that year, something began to rankle beneath the pride.

Louise has had enough of her twin sister. Caroline is beautiful. Caroline is talented. Caroline is better. Growing up on the small island of Rass in Chesapeake Bay, Caroline seems to do nothing but take from Louise: their parents' love, Louise's chances for an education, her dreams for the future. They have spent their lives entwined -- sleeping in the same room, eating at the same table, learning in the same classroom -- and yet somehow nothing can bring them together. Louise's only hope lies in seeking a place for herself beyond the stretch of Rass's shores and her sister's shadow. What will it take for her to break free?

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Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Booklist - 01/01/2001 page 978

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Item Specifications...

Studio: HarperTeen
Pages   256
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.01" Width: 3.96" Height: 0.69"
Weight:   0.25 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 3, 2000
Publisher   HarperTeen
Age  9-12
ISBN  0064470598  
ISBN13  9780064470599  

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More About Katherine Paterson

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Katherine Paterson's international fame rests not only on her widely acclaimed novels but also on her efforts to promote literacy in the U.S. and abroad. A two-time winner of the Newbery Medal (Bridge to Terabithia and Jacob Have I Loved) and the National Book Award (The Great Gilly Hopkins and The Master Puppeteer), she was the 1998 recipient of the Hans Christian Andersen Medal and was given the Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts by her home state of Vermont. She lives in Barre. Her most recent novel for Clarion was Bread and Roses, Too. She is also the recipient of the 2006 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, which celebrates her life's work. For more information, visit

Katherine Paterson currently resides in Barre, in the state of Vermont.

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1Books > Subjects > Children > Issues > Twins
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Reviews - What do customers think about Jacob Have I Loved?

what i think about this book lolz  Jun 15, 2009
this book is not that great. My teacher give me a book report on this book but i did really like it. Some part was just not written well. I dont know about this, but i was the only person that did the book report. Over 18 student.
Jacob have I loved  Apr 9, 2008
An interesting read following the trials of a young girl and her struggle to find herself and her place in the world. This is a beautifully written coming of age story sure to instill hope and a little bit of faith in the young reader.
Not worthy of the award  Jan 1, 2008
I am totally blown away by the thought of a 14-year-old girl being romantically attracted to and interested in a man old enough to be her grandfather. And all of this just "hit her" when she hugged him? Not very believable to me. Why would something like this be written for children?
Worst book ever!  Oct 21, 2007
I really hated this book. The main character was always so bitter and aweful! I had to read it for school and everyone in my group hated it. We did make a nice newspaper on it though...
Newberry definitely UNDESERVING!  Jul 17, 2007
When I picked up this book, I thought it would be great. It had a good cover, and I thought it would be about Louise fighting for a place in the world, and then happily finding it. I never even DREAMED that it would be as REPULSIVE as a girl falling in love (SHES 14) with a 70-year-old MAN! And Caroline. Though Caroline did sometimes get ahead of herself, and though she was arrogant, she never knew what drove Louise to have such an attitude against her. She was quite clueless about Louise's angry, despairing, jealous feelings. So why was Louise so sad? I mean, I know Caroline was treated better, but that's sometimes how it is in family politics. And when she had someone all along: Call. Call was her childhood best friend, and he was a great comfort. Or would've been to ME. He was always there for her even though she had that attitude due to her problems. But then she fell in LOVE with a 70-year-old who should've married her grandma? WHAT WAS THAT? I am just appalled at the THOUGHT! And then she got all mad again at Caroline when she got engaged to Call. It just so RANDOMLY said that she fell in love with Call when he got engaged to Caroline, and then she wanted him back! sorry, but heLLO? HE WAS THERE ALL ALONG. And now suddenly when he got engaged she wants him? That makes no sense. But this was the stupidest part...the ending: She has become a doctor and lives on a moutain away from Caroline and her family like she wanted to, and is a doctor. Then this farmer comes in with 2 sick babies, and she tends them, and they marry. AND IT DOESNT EVEN SAY IF SHE LOVED HIM!

The only thing OK about the book is that it doesnt end all happy and it displays real life a BIT, except for the fact that she can fall in love with a man who's 70. THAT is not what ANYONE would do...unless they're around 70. You know, even 10-year-olds like me could write better books. In fact, I think I'm going to go try right noW!

I know this is not a good word to use but it was crap, crap, crap, crap. I hated the book...what a WASTE OF TIME!

P.S. Bridge to Teribithia also by her is pretty sad, but it is really good and is much better!
Not worth the medal  Jul 5, 2007
Jacob Have I Loved appeared a book of good morals. Plus, with the medal on the front cover why wouldn't you try it out? I was truly disappointed because the book had no morals at all. This story starts out with a young girl, Sara Louise, trying to find her own talents and self-confidence. She is continually hindered by her constant comparision to her beautiful and talented twin, Caroline. Sara Louise struggles inwardly with the favored attention Caroline receives. Also, Sara's parents fail to understand (and ignore) her depressing attitude (that seems to linger to end of the book). Her "granny" plays continual politics between the twins and not bothering to hide it either. Sara Louise's only comfort is with an old man of a grouch, whom she has a crush on. Completely disgusting, to which the author writes as "normal and acceptable". Sara Louise also fails to recognize how kind her best friend (I forgot his name) is for sticking up with her griping mood. Though he is described as "unintelligent", when he grows up to a young man and marries Caroline he suddenly becomes "intelligent". No explanation as to why. Meanwhile, Sara Louise notices her friend's change of mind and starts liking him right when he announces his engagment to Caroline. She's heartbroken and is forced (by her own will) to leave the island on which she lives to the mountains. There, she becomes a nurse and treats the mountain people. From here, the author rushes the ending on a few pages to say she married a farmer with a handful of kids...the end. No explanation if Sara Louise truly loved the farmer, and she never resolves her emotions on how different she is from Caroline in a unique way. This book DID NOT deserve the medal unless the Newberry standards are so low that a ten-year old who wrote a depressing story like this could win the medal. I should try.

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