- By V.M. Jones

Juggling With Mandarins

  • Title: Juggling With Mandarins
  • Author: V.M. Jones
  • ISBN: 9781869504625
  • Page: 157
  • Format: Paperback
  • Juggling With Mandarins Two three four how many mandarins can Pip juggle A coming of age novel about Pip whose father wants him to be everything that Pip is not Pip is good at English like his mother but Pip s father wan

    Two, three, four how many mandarins can Pip juggle A coming of age novel about Pip, whose father wants him to be everything that Pip is not Pip is good at English, like his mother but Pip s father wants him to be a soccer star like Nick, Pip s brother, and to win at any cost When Pip s English teacher challenges her students to learn how to juggle three balls, Pip isTwo, three, four how many mandarins can Pip juggle A coming of age novel about Pip, whose father wants him to be everything that Pip is not Pip is good at English, like his mother but Pip s father wants him to be a soccer star like Nick, Pip s brother, and to win at any cost When Pip s English teacher challenges her students to learn how to juggle three balls, Pip is determined that he will do better than that He sets his sights high and finally learns how to juggle not three balls, but five mandarins Along the way, he also finds the courage to confront his father and express his anger and resentment to publicly claim the right to be his own person and live his life on his own terms Juggling with Mandarins is a novel about growing up It asserts the importance of living life on your own terms, and of competing for enjoyment rather than reward It explores the complex love hate relationship between a father and son, and the sometimes painful process of realising that parents are, after all, only human.

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    1. I re-read this again after going climbing for the first time in around 12 years - half my life, and I would have been the same age as Pip, the protagonist, is here.There's something about clinging to a wall, forever-up in the air, to put everything into perspective. Reading the book again was surprising - it's just as good now as it was to a young pre-teen in the early hours of the new millennium. A few pieces have dated - there are a few throwaway stereotypes that hit a dull and awkward note - [...]

    2. I decided to read the book "Juggling with Mandarins" by V.M. Jones because The title seems weird but i thought i would give it a try. The author is also well known so i thought it would be good, and it was.This book was recommended to me by my Mum. She really wanted me to keep reading so she gave me this book to read. It crosses off the category 'recommended to you by a member of your family'. I often look at the books that my mum reads and i just laugh because they look so boring. I wasn't so s [...]

    3. This book was well written, and entertaining. The thing that I didn't like about this book was what happened between Pip and Katie. Yes, I know it's what happens in real life, but I hate the sadness of it! Other than that, a good book. I love how Pip discovered his gift; it made me laugh. And I love his brother's joke on his parents at the beginning of the book, lol. :)

    4. A young adults book I picked up from the library discards. Despite all his adolescent worries, the main character Philip, manages to achieve several milestones in a short period of time; including the loss of his girl friend.

    5. 'Juggling with mandarins' is about a boy named Pip(Philip)McLeod who has trouble getting along with his father. Everything that Pip does his dad wants him to win. But Pip thinks winning doesn't matter as long as you've tried your best. So between Pip and his father there are many conflicts, most of them Pip stays silent about because he's scared to stand up to his dad. Then Pip discovers a talent he has(he's not really good at anything else)and takes secret lessons to pursue the one thing he's i [...]

    6. Juggling with mandarins is a classic book about Phillip (Pip)encountering different challenges and experiences. main characters sunch as Katie, Pip, Peter, and Pip's brother Nick, had each a part of there own chapter. The main point of the story was Pip had a passion in sport. Mainly, Soccer. His brother nick, was highly better than him, also played too. Pip's father, who was a rough soccer-player. always interfered in Pip's match, yelling at him day after day. As Pip's Father only cares about w [...]

    7. This is a really sweet coming-of-age story about Pip, thus named because his Mom's favorite author is Charles Dickens, and there are definite shades of "Great Expectations" running throughout! Pip is a boy who can't seem to please his overly-competitive father, and learns that he must please himself instead. It is a story about finding the thing that you love, and knowing why you're doing it. For Pip, that is rock-wall climbing, not soccer. Juggling is used as a challenge (real and metaphorical) [...]

    8. The book, Juggling with Mandarins, is a book which is about a boy named Pip who lives a life with his Mum, Dad, Brother (Nick) and his baby sister (she's in the middle of book). Pip and his brother both play soccer but Pip isn't really into it. His dad is a type of person who wants to win, win and win by pushing Pip and the other players. But Nick, his big brother is an ace sportsman. He came out just like his dad wanted him to be.Otherwise in the book, he likes to juggle mandarins but his dad d [...]

    9. This book is about a boy named Pip who's dad forces him into playing soccer,which is NOT Pips dream. Pip hates soccer. Meanwhile, at school his English teacher tells them that if someone learn show to juggle 3 ball in 3 weeks will receive a $3 tuck shop voucher. The book had a lot of positives in it but I mostly enjoyed how the book was layed out and the sequence the events happened in. I also enjoyed how the book expressed Pips feelings and described it in detail. The friendship between Katie a [...]

    10. We had to do this massive test on this book in english, at first I was not into it, but by about the pg 35 I wasen't just reading it for school but more for myself, this book was inspiring. love how itpaints the picture in your mind how its possibe if you put your mind to it, practice, try hard and when you have done that try harder you can do anything. the characters and literally the form of the book itself really grabs hold of the 'dont juge a book by its cover' thing. I adore this book.

    11. This book was well written, and entertaining. The thing that I didn't like about this book was what happened between Pip and Katie. Yes, I know it's what happens in real life, but I hate the sadness of it! Other than that, a good book. I love how Pip discovered his gift; it made me laugh. And I love his brother's joke on his parents at the beginning of the book, lol. :)

    12. 1) it fits in a book written by a New Zealander.2) my teacher recommended it to me.3) how the main character is good at quite a lot of stuff.4) it ended so quickly as soon as the book got very interesting at the end.5) i recommend it to people over 9 because it has some hard words to understand.

    13. A great coming of age novel that observes family dynamics, self-esteem and personal identity. Pip hates the way his dad yells and carries on at his football match, and while Pip is a talented soccer player, he resents that his older brother is better than he is.A great story for boys (and girls) 12-15.

    14. I decided to read this book as I thought it might make a great novel study for my year 7 class - and I was not wrong. I loved the way the author builds Pip as the story progresses, and makes the reader part of his development. My students also enjoyed the story (which is a bonus!)

    15. This is the book that I read whenever I'm feeling down or scared or if I'm sick. I must have been through it about fifty times.I suppose the appeal for me is how accurately V.M. Jones depicts the feelings of Pip. All the emotions seem real and believable.One of my favourite books.

    16. We read it for school. It was good. I enjoyed it. I'm just sick of books we have to read about troubled teenage boys.

    17. Whenever I feel down or I can't get to sleep at night I read this book. Haha, it's not quite my favourite, but I can't help but read it again and again.

    18. it was a very emanational story of how pip was growing up and facing challenges with his dad. His brother Nick is his dads boy. I really enjoyed this book.

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