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Book Review – Jam Sessions by Jerry Harwood #BookReview #BookBlogger #MiddleGrade

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Digital Reads Blog Tours proudly presents author Jerry Harwood with his book Jam Sessions


A middle grade book that bespoke of the stress that our kids go through when they are bullied by their classmates. Meet Philip. He had to go through that every day and the only outlet to his budding anxiety was writing about his feelings.

My first book by author Jerry Harwood, I loved the way his writing coursed over such an important phase of life, to some, a ritual by fire. The story had smiles and tears intertwined to show the vagaries of life.

The author was brilliant in depicting teen anxiety and how it affected a life which was supposed to be enveloped in happiness. The writing showed genuine moments of real life scenes. There were times I wanted to tell Philip to hold on and that everything would be okay.

This was a book that every child would identify with. Something that was needed to be read out in middle grade. A must read for parents and kids!!


Rating: 4 out of 5.


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Meet Phillip. His mom relocates him to a new school in the middle of the school year.

Things do not go well. Phillip lands himself a trip to the dean of student’s office when he tries to forge his mother’s signature. Maybe if he spelled her name correctly it would have gone better.

Phillip also finds himself having more and more anxiety. And the song some bullies are singing is certainly not helping:
Phillip Willip, Puddin and Pie.Got a bad grade and made him cry.

There is one class Phillip has that is going well. It is with Mr. Filter, who starts each day with a writing prompt. These “jam sessions” allow students to be creative and enjoy writing. Phillip writes about being a basketball on a soccer field. Another day he writes about receiving two dragon eggs in the mail, one for himself and one for a particularly cute girl.

But will Phillip ever be able to make his real life go as well as his Jam Sessions?


Publication Date: March 2020

I received an ARC from the author, and this is my journey down its pages, straight from the heart. STRICTLY HONEST and UNBIASED.

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