Kiki and Jacques: 12/06/16
Kiki and Jacques by Susan Ross is set in Maine, in an area with a Quebecois community. Jacques is looking forward to this season's soccer and it's likely he'll be the team captain. That is until a Somali boy starts at his school and is just as good, if not better, than he is.
Now you'd think the book would be about the rivalry between a town native and a refugee, but it isn't. Instead, it's about a friendship that develops between Jacque and his rival's sister.
In the background of this friendship is Jacques's other troubles. His grandmother's bridal shop is failing. Hie father is drinking himself to death. There are bullies who want to enlist Jacques into illegal and dangerous activities.
But all of that is over looked as the town is nervous about the Somalis. They are so very different from everyone else. Remarkably, Jacques sees Kiki and her family as a good influence in his otherwise tumultuous life.