My Ex-Imaginary Friend

My Ex-Imaginary Friend

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Eleven-year-old Jack thought he had outgrown his imaginary friend, George--until his dad also disappears from his life. His mom's bipolar disorder isn't being properly treated, so while in the throes of a manic episode, she ditches Jack with his aunt, uncle, and cousins. Jack decides that only George can help him figure out where people go when others stop believing in them--and how Jack can put his family back together.

Meanwhile, the imaginary George--half-walrus, half-human, all magic--has a problem of his own: with nobody to believe in him, he is slowly disappearing. Rejoining Jack is his only hope for survival. Or is it?
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Product details

  • Hardback | 296 pages
  • 135 x 193 x 30mm | 381g
  • Carolrhoda
  • Minneapolis, United States
  • English
  • 1541596994
  • 9781541596993
  • 1,303,010

Review quote

Jack's imaginary friend George is quite unique. He is part walrus, part human, and a fabulous magician. He is also disappearing. That is what happens when your human gets older and doesn't have as much time for you. Jack doesn't need an imaginary friend anymore (or so he thinks). Then Jack's life gets turned upside down when his mom, who has bipolar disorder and is experiencing a manic episode, unexpectedly leaves him with his aunt, uncle, and cousins to go find herself. Jack then turns to his faithful friend George for help. Jack and George team up to help the boy figure out how to get his mom to come back, or to find his dad that left their lives months ago. Armed only with an emergency cell phone and a pack of playing cards, the friends run away to find a family that may not want to be found after all. With frank talk surrounding mental illness and what it really means to be a family, this is a story about a boy and his imaginary friend who are desperate to figure out where they belong. VERDICT A poignant, multilayered story that will appeal to those looking for a heartfelt family drama.--School Library Journal-- "Journal" (12/1/2020 12:00:00 AM)
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