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General Information

Name:  Jerome Brooks  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Young Adult; Children; Children;

Born: 1931 in Chicago, Illinois

Died: May 29, 2004 in Evanston, Illinois

-- Jerome Brooks on WorldCat --

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Jerome was an English Professor who taught at Chicago City Colleges and authored six young adult novels.

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Titles At Your Library

Uncle Mike's boy
ISBN: 0060206527

Harper & Row. 1973

After the divorce of his parents and the death of his younger sister, a young boy finds in his uncle the friendship and comfort he needs.

The Testing of Charlie Hammelman
ISBN: 059509435X

iUniverse. 2000

Only at its most simple level is The Testing of Charlie Hammelman a story about a young man fearful of not graduating from high school because he cant swim.More meaningfully, life, like a body of water with its currents and tides, its hidden obstacles, is a test of our capacities to overcome each absurd hurdle life throws across our lives.Charlie, would rather stay out of the water, remain inert on dry land. But he collides with Dina by accident and without either of the two knowing precisely why she helps him out enough to suggest hell at least not fail the test.

The Big Dipper Marathon
ISBN: 0671439189

Simon Pulse. 1982

After flying alone to Chicago to visit his cousin, a boy crippled by polio gains a new sense of freedom and becomes overconfident about his ability to ride The Big Dipper, the frightening roller coaster at Dreamland, USA.

Make Me A Hero
ISBN: 0595094341

iUniverse. 2000

Make Me A Hero chronicles the struggle to survive of the forgotten generation: those too young to fight in World War II, but not old enough to have survived it unaffected by the detritus gathering in its wake."Brooks' portrayal of a boy groping his way to maturity and self-esteem is impressive, but what makes this book shine is the writingfresh, probing, and uncompromising. What must have been an autobiographical germ has been shaped into a rich, perceptive story. Jake's heart and mind are real and the lessons he learns will endure."ALA Booklist

Naked In Winter
ISBN: 0595006302

iUniverse. 2000

Through its two major metaphors, nakedness and winter, this story opens with a Jake Ackerman roughly three years older than he was at the end of Make Me a Hero. But in a wintry world where everywhere he turns he seems to need someone to express love to him, he finds that his very own protection against the cold prevents others from reaching into him to touch his fine sensitivity. Only when he connects with Roberta, whose own nakedness reveals to him the hives on her upper chest and arms signs of her own timidity does he buy her an expensive gift with the little money he earns, and inscribes it with his real feelings.

Knee Holes
ISBN: 0531085945

Orchard Books. 1992

An overweight underachiever, Hope Gallagher is shocked and thrilled when she is selected as one of twenty high school sophomores who are to participate in an interdisciplinary honors program.


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