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Children's Fiction Physical & Emotional Abuse

Watching Jimmy

by (author) Nancy Hartry

Initial publish date
Sep 2012
Physical & Emotional Abuse, General, Emotions & Feelings
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2012
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7


Watching Jimmy is impossible-to-put-down; full of danger, warmth, and dark humor. With shocking candor, Carolyn relates what really happened to her best friend, Jimmy, when his uncle chose the perfect time to teach him a lesson he would never forget. The truth is Jimmy didn't fall from a swing like Uncle Ted claims. Carolyn knows - she saw everything.

With the dreadful secret locked away, Carolyn walks an emotional tightrope. No matter what else is happening in this post-war era, she must keep an eye on her now poor, braindamaged Jimmy. But when Uncle Ted threatens his beleaguered family with even more abuse and the loss of their home, Carolyn must find the courage to match wits with him and to speak out, using the truth as her only weapon.

Set in 1958, Watching Jimmy is a brilliant portrait of the post-war era, a family of strong women, and a resourceful heroine who exudes character, resilience, and most of all, love.

About the author


NANCY HARTRY est l’auteure des albums jeunesse Hold On, McGinty! et Jocelyn and the Ballerina. Elle a également écrit le roman à succès Watching Jimmy, qui a gagné la récompense du livre de l’année de l’Association canadienne des bibliothèques en 2010. Lorsqu’elle n’est pas en train d’écrire des histoires, Nancy travaille en tant qu’avocate. Elle vit à Toronto, en Ontario.


NANCY HARTRY is the author of two picture books, Hold On, McGinty! and Jocelyn and the Ballerina. Nancy finds inspiration for her stories in the antics of her children and her larger family, as well as strangers who have no idea that their quirks and foibles will find their way into books. When Nancy is not writing stories, she works as a lawyer. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.


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Editorial Reviews

"A compelling and satisfying novel..."
-School Library Journal

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