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When sixteen-year-old Jay Thornton’s mother dies leaving him an orphan, he jumps a freight train to get away from being placed in a foster home. Unprepared for his new lifestyle, he discovers unexpected dangerous experiences and wonders if he has made a mistake.

Four years have passed; more than can be imagined has changed. Jay, now sixteen, is a hobo living a life on the tracks. Having nowhere to live after the death of his mother, the only remaining member of his family, he must ride the freight trains to escape a foster home. After being caught by the bulls, or Freight Train Police, he needs to be more careful on the tracks. The bulls robbed him; he was left with no money, food, or weapons to defend him or to cut food. He hops a train to escape the bulls and jumps on a flatbed car. He tries to hide under a tarp so he is not seen, and in the darkness of it, he feels a leg. “Hey!” is all that is said. A hobo, called by the name of Liberty Two, is the leg’s owner. They are introduced to each other and they are astonished to find that the two of them are the same age. They befriend and start out a life of hobos.

Jay, the sequel to Me and Jay, is a very good piece of children’s literature. This book is not as graphical as Me and Jay, so it is a book that a child can read without getting frightening images in his head. From the ending to Jay, it is obvious that a sequel to Jay is in order. Jay, the sequel to Me and Jay, should be a book on everyone’s bookshelf because of the unforgetable characters, their friendship and shared adventures.

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My son is always running home and I don't know how. One time I gave him this book hoping he would realize the hardship of running away. Thankfully through this book, my son realizes that runaway is not the solution to small misunderstandings. Big thanks to this author it helps me as well as my son.
Andrew M. - Amazon Review

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