(C) Ages 8-10, Book Reviews, Christian, Middle Grades, Multicultural, Realistic Fiction
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Just Jump! (Double Dutch Series #1) by Mabel Elizabeth Singletary

just jumpJust Jump! (Double Dutch Series #1) by Mabel Elizabeth Singletary. Lift Every Voice Books (a Moody Imprint), 2007. 160 pages.

  • Reading Level: Middle Grades, ages 8-10
  • Recommended For: Ages 8-10, especially girls

Bottom Line: A realistic fiction series about a multicultural group of friends who form a strong Double Dutch (jump rope) team.

Nancy is from Sierra Leone, orphaned, and new to school. But some of the girls who skillfully turn the Double Dutch ropes during each recess invite her to join them one day. Nancy finds friends and quickly learns new skills with the group. The small group of six girls is quite diverse culturally, yet they are united by their Double Dutch passion. After one of the girls sees a flyer for a state Double Dutch competition, their passion is channeled into winning.

The owners of the neighborhood convenience store agree to sponsor the girls for the competition. Hours of faithful practice plus lots of compromise and teamwork precede the big competition; do they have what it takes?

First in a series about these Double Dutch teammates, the message is stronger than the writing, but the setting and diverse group of friends will appeal to many young girls. A couple of the girls also demonstrate a strong Christian faith that sets a good example for their teammates.

Cautions: none

Overall Rating: 4

  • Worldview Rating: 5
  • Artistic Rating: 3

Categories: Middle Grades, Realistic Fiction, Sports, Multicultural, Christian, Character Values

cover image from amazon; book received from publisher in return for a fair review

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1 Comment

  1. Thank you for exposing me to Jump Jump the first in a series about these double dutch teammates. The thought of double dutch just brought me back to about 3rd grade. Good times, good time.

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