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Jane Brannen wants nothing more than to become a famous author like Jane Austen--she just needs to figure out the key to literary success! Her chance to uncover the secret arrives when famous author J. E. Fairfax visits the tiny lobster town of Whickett Harbor, Maine. Unfortunately, a hurricane rolls in and Jane gets stuck with the author's snobbish son, Devon, instead. Bu Jane Brannen wants nothing more than to become a famous author like Jane Austen--she just needs to figure out the key to literary success! Her chance to uncover the secret arrives when famous author J. E. Fairfax visits the tiny lobster town of Whickett Harbor, Maine. Unfortunately, a hurricane rolls in and Jane gets stuck with the author's snobbish son, Devon, instead. But when the skies clear, Jane realizes the wind has blown in something worse than annoying boys: Her mother, Susan, and Susan's new fiancé, Erik, have flown all the way from Hollywood to file for custody and bring Jane back to California. Now she needs to find a mate for her marine biologist father and figure out what's truly important about Whickett Harbor, so she can prove to her mother that this is where she's meant to stay.


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Jane Brannen wants nothing more than to become a famous author like Jane Austen--she just needs to figure out the key to literary success! Her chance to uncover the secret arrives when famous author J. E. Fairfax visits the tiny lobster town of Whickett Harbor, Maine. Unfortunately, a hurricane rolls in and Jane gets stuck with the author's snobbish son, Devon, instead. Bu Jane Brannen wants nothing more than to become a famous author like Jane Austen--she just needs to figure out the key to literary success! Her chance to uncover the secret arrives when famous author J. E. Fairfax visits the tiny lobster town of Whickett Harbor, Maine. Unfortunately, a hurricane rolls in and Jane gets stuck with the author's snobbish son, Devon, instead. But when the skies clear, Jane realizes the wind has blown in something worse than annoying boys: Her mother, Susan, and Susan's new fiancé, Erik, have flown all the way from Hollywood to file for custody and bring Jane back to California. Now she needs to find a mate for her marine biologist father and figure out what's truly important about Whickett Harbor, so she can prove to her mother that this is where she's meant to stay.

30 review for The Next Great Jane

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Howard

    I’ve always, always wanted to go to Maine, so I loved that Jane, who is 12, and who wants to be an author like Jane Austen; lives with her single father — a plankton researcher — in a tiny Maine harbor town. I learned a lot about plankton and I loved the nods to Pride and Prejudice. It was a super cute book and I’m so glad we read it together. #greatjanereadalong

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    this is a fun middle grade novel with some Jane Austen references....lack of any knowledge of Jane Austen won't hinder your enjoyment in reading this book. Can't wait to recommend this to my students. this is a fun middle grade novel with some Jane Austen references....lack of any knowledge of Jane Austen won't hinder your enjoyment in reading this book. Can't wait to recommend this to my students.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Adriana

    A determined writer and a haughty science geek find themselves stuck together during a hurricane. When the wind winds down and the rain stops falling, they find their lives ever complicated by that day. Jane's voice shines through brightly in The Next Great Jane. She knows who she is. She knows she loves her small seaside town of Whickett Harbor. Most of all, she knows she loves her father and couldn't bare to be taken away from him. I felt like I really got to know why Jane loved her small town. A determined writer and a haughty science geek find themselves stuck together during a hurricane. When the wind winds down and the rain stops falling, they find their lives ever complicated by that day. Jane's voice shines through brightly in The Next Great Jane. She knows who she is. She knows she loves her small seaside town of Whickett Harbor. Most of all, she knows she loves her father and couldn't bare to be taken away from him. I felt like I really got to know why Jane loved her small town. I could imagine myself smelling the sea air which added to a wonderful atmosphere that reminded me of summer in Florida. The added environmental discussion was surprisingly interesting as I was not bored reading about plankton. Who would have thought? The tenuous relationship between Jane and her mother was well thought out. I was invested in seeing how her relationship with her mother would change throughout the story. At first, I thought her father's absent-mindedness with forgetting to buy food (Anna, the babysitter, stocked up their refrigerator) and his overall silliness in the beginning of the story would become a problem with me liking his character. However, you really see him as a strong and caring father figure in Jane's life later on in the story. I liked seeing Jane and Devon discovering that maybe you shouldn't judge someone right away because there might be more to them than first meets the eye. Lastly, Jane's writing progression was so well done. She had ups and downs when it came to her writing but ultimately it came together in the most perfect way. The main weakness I found was that I would have liked to get more of Devon's side of things regarding his parent's divorce and his feelings on his absent father. His family dynamic mirrored Jane's so it would have been nice to see a conversation between him and his mother since he had some pent up frustrations towards her at the beginning of the story. Explorations of his brother and sister's thoughts and feelings would have been interesting too. Kitty was another figure that could have been examined more as well since she was raised by her grandmother and lost her parents. She could have added more layers within the story instead of just being an ordinary side character. However, I truly didn't think about this while I was reading. I was thoroughly immersed with K.L. Going's writing and enjoyed my reading experience. The Next Great Jane was a wonderfully layered story with a focus on family, writing, environmentalism, and second chances set in the perfect seaside atmosphere of Whickett Harbor, Maine. Thanks to Dial Books (Penguin Group) and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of The Next Great Jane in exchange for an honest review!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Karen Arendt

    Funny, charming, and just a hint of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bethe

    5 stars. Such a wonderful book! A small town family story with an environmental flair, divorced parents, new kids at school, hurricane, famous author, and sprinkles of Jane Austen plot points throughout. Simply delightful how things wrap up!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sandi

    3-1/2 stars This middle grade novel had a lot of good elements to it. . . great setting (coast of Maine), small harbor town, aspiring young writer, tension with relationships, some light romance, and a distant connection with Jane Austen. Jane Brannen feels like she's missing the key to good writing, so she is ecstatic when a well-known writer shows up in Whickett Harbor. But along with this writer comes her uppity son, Devon, that Jane doesn't care for. Jane and Devon get thrown together in scho 3-1/2 stars This middle grade novel had a lot of good elements to it. . . great setting (coast of Maine), small harbor town, aspiring young writer, tension with relationships, some light romance, and a distant connection with Jane Austen. Jane Brannen feels like she's missing the key to good writing, so she is ecstatic when a well-known writer shows up in Whickett Harbor. But along with this writer comes her uppity son, Devon, that Jane doesn't care for. Jane and Devon get thrown together in school and learn that first impressions aren't always lasting ones. Tossed in the mix is Jane's airhead mom who shows up in Whickett Harbor with her boyfriend Erik and decides it's time for Jane to come and live with her in Hollywood. But Jane has no intention of leaving her marine biologist father, Emmett, who's main love in life is plankton! I thought the story read well, and had a great ending. It bogged down a bit in the parts where Emmett is explaining about plankton, but overall it was quite a satisfying read. I saw this recommendation on one of Anne Bogel's sites.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Maren bosley

    This was a charming book! I loved that it wasn't too mature for the age group it was written for--and that the young characters were fun and innocent. I also appreciated the authors approach to honoring Jane Austen--just enough Austen to find charming but not too much that the story isn't it's own experience. This was a charming book! I loved that it wasn't too mature for the age group it was written for--and that the young characters were fun and innocent. I also appreciated the authors approach to honoring Jane Austen--just enough Austen to find charming but not too much that the story isn't it's own experience.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Neeb

    Thank you #NetGalley for the eARC of #TheNextGreatJane. To me this was mostly a modern day middle grade Jane Austen book, except for the science. I really appreciated that the author gave a lot of insight into their science project, which allowed for the reader to learn new things, and move this beyond a modernized Jane Austen book.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Erin Wallace

    Adorable middle grade! If you've got an aspiring young writer in your life, this is one to share for sure. Adorable middle grade! If you've got an aspiring young writer in your life, this is one to share for sure.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie

    This book is a love letter to Jane Austen, headstrong girls, and science. This is going to rock the world of just the right kind of reader.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Carol (Reading Ladies)

    Ahhhh....this is a fun story! I especially love the writing and science themes! Perfect for daughters of Jane Austin fans!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Casey

    Nice story for young adults. Liked the Maine setting.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    I received an ARC through BookCon. Jane is an aspiring writer who lives with her dad in a small coastal Maine town. She's thrilled when a well known romance writer comes to speak at their local library. Unfortunately, children are not allowed to attend the event. This launches the series of adventures that drives the rest of the book. Middle grade Jane tries to sneak back in the library through the attic. There she meets Devon who is hiding as his mom speaks. She dares him to go out in the storm I received an ARC through BookCon. Jane is an aspiring writer who lives with her dad in a small coastal Maine town. She's thrilled when a well known romance writer comes to speak at their local library. Unfortunately, children are not allowed to attend the event. This launches the series of adventures that drives the rest of the book. Middle grade Jane tries to sneak back in the library through the attic. There she meets Devon who is hiding as his mom speaks. She dares him to go out in the storm which leads to both of them getting caught outside in a hurricane. The solution is to break into the library for safety. From there, the story builds on this relationship - hate may be close to love at that age, along with the drama of her mother returning from Hollywood with fiance in tow, eager to bring Jane back with her. Readers will relate to the humor and frustrations as Jane figures out who she is and how to make her family see her needs and wants. Going creates likeable characters who show their flaws along with their strengths. She captures the small New England town feel with her descriptions. She wraps the story at just the right moment so readers can decide for themselves whether everything will be happy ever after or still challenges to come.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Deja Roden

    "In a sea of butterflies, I'd found a fellow crustacean" This was a perfect read for me! As a chaste adult reader, it's books like this that continue to help me cultivate a love for reading. The world is a messy and ugly place, so when I wake up on a Sunday morning with my cup of coffee; I want to dive into a world of characters that I can root for and an ending that will wrap my little heart with a hug. Jane was smart and witty. She didn't whine about her trouble, and dug deep to be authentical "In a sea of butterflies, I'd found a fellow crustacean" This was a perfect read for me! As a chaste adult reader, it's books like this that continue to help me cultivate a love for reading. The world is a messy and ugly place, so when I wake up on a Sunday morning with my cup of coffee; I want to dive into a world of characters that I can root for and an ending that will wrap my little heart with a hug. Jane was smart and witty. She didn't whine about her trouble, and dug deep to be authentically herself. The children were actual children in this book. There was no language, sex or drugs. Do you know how refreshing it is to not see that among our youth? I enjoyed every common, every word and every plankton in this novel. Bravo K. L. Going! "Fear is the opposite of love because when we're afraid, that's when we don't tell the truth. We try to be something we're not. And Jane," she said, very seriously, "writers must never lie."

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kylie Sparks

    I loved this one. You will recognize many elements from favorite Jane Austen books in here, but it does not follow the plot of any particular Jane Austen. It's a great story about a girl whose parents are divorced. She lives happily with her dad in Maine. Her long-gone mom has suddenly come to visit with her fiance in tow, and wants Jane to go back to California with her. There's romance--appropriate to middle school--and there's interesting information about marine ecology as well as good advic I loved this one. You will recognize many elements from favorite Jane Austen books in here, but it does not follow the plot of any particular Jane Austen. It's a great story about a girl whose parents are divorced. She lives happily with her dad in Maine. Her long-gone mom has suddenly come to visit with her fiance in tow, and wants Jane to go back to California with her. There's romance--appropriate to middle school--and there's interesting information about marine ecology as well as good advice for people who want to be writers. Awesome!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    I just zipped through this whole book in about three hours. It was such a treat and reminded me of Heather Vogel Frederick’s Truly Lovejoy books. There was a lot going on in this book and the author weaves it all together beautifully: a plucky heroine, delightful nods to Jane Austen throughout, a small town and coastal setting, science and a fateful trip out to sea, school scenes and a faithful best friend, a little bit of romance, some family dynamics, a famous writer and advice to young writer I just zipped through this whole book in about three hours. It was such a treat and reminded me of Heather Vogel Frederick’s Truly Lovejoy books. There was a lot going on in this book and the author weaves it all together beautifully: a plucky heroine, delightful nods to Jane Austen throughout, a small town and coastal setting, science and a fateful trip out to sea, school scenes and a faithful best friend, a little bit of romance, some family dynamics, a famous writer and advice to young writers, and more. I’ll definitely be re-reading this.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Rajiv

    [Blog]::[Youtube]::[Twitter]::[Instagram]::[Pinterest]::[Bloglovin] This was such a cute story! As a fan of Jane Austen’s work, I loved how the author incorporated some themes from Austin’s novels into this book. The main reason this story works is because it focuses more on character’s personalities instead of the plot, similar to Austen’s novels. The author wrote the characters very well!I loved Jane as the main character. She is complex and vulnerable, yet head strong to succeed. I loved he [Blog]::[Youtube]::[Twitter]::[Instagram]::[Pinterest]::[Bloglovin] This was such a cute story! As a fan of Jane Austen’s work, I loved how the author incorporated some themes from Austin’s novels into this book. The main reason this story works is because it focuses more on character’s personalities instead of the plot, similar to Austen’s novels. The author wrote the characters very well!I loved Jane as the main character. She is complex and vulnerable, yet head strong to succeed. I loved her friendship with Devon as well. Devon and Jane reminded me of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth from Pride and Prejudice , and Jane’s date reminded me of Mr. Woodstock from Emma . Susan, Jane’s mother is also one of those character you just love to hate. Erik is hilarious and gave a humorous spin to the story. Another reason why I really liked this story was on the interesting information provided on marine ecosystems. I had no any idea about plankton and how vital they are for our environment, until I read this book. I really wish that the author wrote my science books as well when I was in school because she makes science sound so interesting by highlighting the important of why they are important and what would happen without them. The only criticism I have for the story is in the details. I wished it had been longer. Even after reading the story, I feel like we didn’t get to know any of the characters very well except Jane and her father. I wished we knew more about Devon at least, if not any of the other characters. Moreover, I also thought Ana was very complex who we don’t get to know. Apart from that, I really enjoyed reading “The Next Big Jane” I know Jane Austin enthusiasts would also enjoy reading it.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kristen Blackton

    The Next Great Jane follows the protagonist Jane Brannen, a junior high student who aspires to become a great writer. The book begins with her meeting a new "enemy" in Devon Fairfax, the son of a great romance author who has recently moved to town. The rest of the book follows her attempts to repair relationships, hone her craft, and grow. The writing on this book was disjointed and seemed like a debut author attempting to find her footing in the genre. Going, however, is not a debut author. Fo The Next Great Jane follows the protagonist Jane Brannen, a junior high student who aspires to become a great writer. The book begins with her meeting a new "enemy" in Devon Fairfax, the son of a great romance author who has recently moved to town. The rest of the book follows her attempts to repair relationships, hone her craft, and grow. The writing on this book was disjointed and seemed like a debut author attempting to find her footing in the genre. Going, however, is not a debut author. For example, the book begins with Jane and Devon literally (view spoiler)[ surviving a hurricane, (hide spoiler)] a plot point that never arises again and seems to play no big part in any character development. Several "big events" and character introductions happen to be almost completely disregarded later. I also thought that many of the story's relationships were quite superficial. Going might have needed more pages to flesh out the characters' intents and qualities. When I read the author's note, she explained that the book was inspired by many different Jane Austen characters and stories. This was obvious to me, a recovering Jane Austen fanatic, but the references, as sly as many of them are, will completely go over the heads of most middle grade students. So, perhaps, this would work as a family read as parents who have enjoyed Austen's work will appreciate the subtle references.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Krissy Neddo

    I really enjoyed this book. Jane is a well developed character who will leave readers with a strong sense of family and place. Almost didn't read thinking it would be a slow, thoughtful novel about a 7th grade girl who loves to write. It was thoughtful, but with plenty of action and spunk to keep you reading with boy/girl drama at school, worry and stress as a child of divorced parents, hurricanes and boating mishaps. Science of plankton was well done and will be of interest to budding STEM envi I really enjoyed this book. Jane is a well developed character who will leave readers with a strong sense of family and place. Almost didn't read thinking it would be a slow, thoughtful novel about a 7th grade girl who loves to write. It was thoughtful, but with plenty of action and spunk to keep you reading with boy/girl drama at school, worry and stress as a child of divorced parents, hurricanes and boating mishaps. Science of plankton was well done and will be of interest to budding STEM environmentalist too. Right from the beginning you see that Jane is determined, adventurous and confident as she climbs a tree to jump through the library window to listen to a visiting author just as hurricane weather is forecasted! So thankful Jane has a good friend without the familiar girl vs girl drama. The "mean girl" character is instead the older sister of the new family in town. The antagonism with the new boy was well done and develops nicely into a budding romance with just the right amount of blushing and handholding. Teacher/caregiver read aloud for 5th-7th? Book club pick?

  20. 4 out of 5

    CynthiaA

    This lovely middle grade novel is great for young girls trying to find their voice. Our protagonist in the book is Jane, a young girl from coastal Maine who desires to become a great writer, like her idol Jane Austen. She wants to attend a library event with a famous writer but cannot because it is “adult only” so she decides to sneak in through the attic and listen in. Except there is someone already in the attic. The story shows Jane gaining her voice, as she navigates her own relationship wit This lovely middle grade novel is great for young girls trying to find their voice. Our protagonist in the book is Jane, a young girl from coastal Maine who desires to become a great writer, like her idol Jane Austen. She wants to attend a library event with a famous writer but cannot because it is “adult only” so she decides to sneak in through the attic and listen in. Except there is someone already in the attic. The story shows Jane gaining her voice, as she navigates her own relationship with her mother who has largely been estranged, and as she figures out what to do about the pompous new boy in town. The book also has some interesting scientific explanations about plankton, their role in the global food chain system,and their role in climate change. Enough to teach us a bit but not so much as to overwhelm the story. Top this off with some age-appropriate romance. Hitting all the right notes, The Next Great Jane was interesting and enjoyable even for this middle-aged reader.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mary Louise Sanchez

    Jane Brannen is a budding writer who loves Jane Austen. She lives with her marine biologist father in a small town, Whickett Harbor, Maine, where nothing of interest seems to happen. Then, a famous romance author comes to town, and Jane sneaks into the author event to learn the secret of good writing. A hurricane disrupts Jane's chance to meet the author, and she's now thrown together with the author's obnoxious son, Devon. Jane's long absent mother flies into town from Hollywood with her boyfri Jane Brannen is a budding writer who loves Jane Austen. She lives with her marine biologist father in a small town, Whickett Harbor, Maine, where nothing of interest seems to happen. Then, a famous romance author comes to town, and Jane sneaks into the author event to learn the secret of good writing. A hurricane disrupts Jane's chance to meet the author, and she's now thrown together with the author's obnoxious son, Devon. Jane's long absent mother flies into town from Hollywood with her boyfriend, Erik. She's supposedly there because of her concern for her daughter, but Jane soon learns her mother is seeking custody because Erik wants a family. Jane and Devon find themselves involved in a scheme, based on science, to connect their parents so that Jane can live with her father permanently. In a nod to Jane Austen, a twist in events helps Jane's father find true love and helps Jane find true happiness.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Leigh

    I received this ARC from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. The Next Great Jane is a story many kids will be able to relate to. Jane's looking for to become a world class writer, but when her chance at meeting a famous author gets waylaid, she could never imagine how much her world would change. Her mom drops in from California hoping to whisk Jane away to the Hollywood life she never wanted. The new boy ends up being her science partner, and she can't decide if she I received this ARC from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. The Next Great Jane is a story many kids will be able to relate to. Jane's looking for to become a world class writer, but when her chance at meeting a famous author gets waylaid, she could never imagine how much her world would change. Her mom drops in from California hoping to whisk Jane away to the Hollywood life she never wanted. The new boy ends up being her science partner, and she can't decide if she hates him or thinks he's not so bad. I liked that Jane grew to stand up for herself and find her passion over the course of the two weeks of this story. It was a quick read, and I think there will be many readers who can identify with Jane's struggle with her mom.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jarm Boccio

    Life in Whickett Harbor, Maine is mundane. That is until a hurricane hits town and Jane comes face to face with J.E. Fairfax, author extraordinaire, and her two sons and daughter. That's when things seemingly go downhill. Will she make a good impression on her favorite author, and maybe get a few writing tips for success? Surprised by a visit from her mother and boyfriend, Jane is not sure she can handle them AND Ms. Fairfax’s oldest son, Devon, who is the kind of guy you love to hate. Well, mayb Life in Whickett Harbor, Maine is mundane. That is until a hurricane hits town and Jane comes face to face with J.E. Fairfax, author extraordinaire, and her two sons and daughter. That's when things seemingly go downhill. Will she make a good impression on her favorite author, and maybe get a few writing tips for success? Surprised by a visit from her mother and boyfriend, Jane is not sure she can handle them AND Ms. Fairfax’s oldest son, Devon, who is the kind of guy you love to hate. Well, maybe that’s a bit harsh. How about, find yourself constantly irritated with? With a nod to Jane Austen’s plots and characters, “The Next Great Jane” draws middle-graders into a rolling story that keeps them on their toes. Great fun!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kendra

    This middle grade novel is a love letter to Jane Austen and Maine, two things I can relate to. I loved everything about it. The characters were fantastically quirky and lovable, and the setting felt so true. I often feel that books set in Maine don’t feel like the Maine I know, but this one genuinely felt like I was spending time in one of my favorite Maine spots. (The fictional town is actually loosely based on my favorite place in the world, so I have an especially soft spot for it.) This is m This middle grade novel is a love letter to Jane Austen and Maine, two things I can relate to. I loved everything about it. The characters were fantastically quirky and lovable, and the setting felt so true. I often feel that books set in Maine don’t feel like the Maine I know, but this one genuinely felt like I was spending time in one of my favorite Maine spots. (The fictional town is actually loosely based on my favorite place in the world, so I have an especially soft spot for it.) This is middle grade at its best with real issues to overcome, but with a wholesome satisfying ending. This is one I’ll be adding to our shelves.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Maeve

    Jane is an aspiring writer living in Maine with her science-obsessed father. She's grown accustomed to her life, but one hurricane and her favorite author moving to town change everything. Jane has to navigate new friendships, deal with her mother's engagement and plans to take custody of Jane, and learn the secret of good writing. The inspiration from Jane Austen is obvious, and there are some parallels in the stories, but the focus on passion, writing, familial relationship, and environmentalis Jane is an aspiring writer living in Maine with her science-obsessed father. She's grown accustomed to her life, but one hurricane and her favorite author moving to town change everything. Jane has to navigate new friendships, deal with her mother's engagement and plans to take custody of Jane, and learn the secret of good writing. The inspiration from Jane Austen is obvious, and there are some parallels in the stories, but the focus on passion, writing, familial relationship, and environmentalism makes it unique. While there is some action going on in the story, it's very character- and relationship-driven...and some of the relationships might surprise readers!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Nagel

    4.5 such a sweet fun read. Set in Maine, it captures the feeling and smells of the ocean and the seaside town where it is set. It also capture the feeling of a girl coming into her own who has dreams of becoming a writer, the sparks of her first crush, and her complicated feelings towards her mom who left her and her dad to pursue a Hollywood dream. This book has a gentle but steady pace, but there are also some twists and turns and missed opportunities that all seem to come together in the end. 4.5 such a sweet fun read. Set in Maine, it captures the feeling and smells of the ocean and the seaside town where it is set. It also capture the feeling of a girl coming into her own who has dreams of becoming a writer, the sparks of her first crush, and her complicated feelings towards her mom who left her and her dad to pursue a Hollywood dream. This book has a gentle but steady pace, but there are also some twists and turns and missed opportunities that all seem to come together in the end. I loved the quotes sprinkled in as a nod to that other Jane, and the information in the back that might make a reader want to know more about Jane Austen. Lovely book.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Erica Elwell

    Recommended by Annie B Jones on IG! This is a GREAT middle school read! It has wonderful elements of Jane Austen’s work without being an exact reimagining of any one specific story but instead takes names, characters and situations from multiple books! The setting is so sweet and the character of Jane is very relatable (at least to my inner 12 year old girl!). Great parent relationships, supportive girl friendships, sweet young romance, a hurricane and some fun plankton facts! Highly recommend to Recommended by Annie B Jones on IG! This is a GREAT middle school read! It has wonderful elements of Jane Austen’s work without being an exact reimagining of any one specific story but instead takes names, characters and situations from multiple books! The setting is so sweet and the character of Jane is very relatable (at least to my inner 12 year old girl!). Great parent relationships, supportive girl friendships, sweet young romance, a hurricane and some fun plankton facts! Highly recommend to 9 and up!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Laura Gardner

    The Next Great Jane by K.L. Going is about love—love of family and love of home. Jane is an aspiring writer who loves her tiny town in Maine, as well as her scientist, plankton-obsessed father. When her Hollywood mother sweeps into town on the same weekend as a famous writer and her family, Jane’s relationships and identity are put to the test. In the process she will discover who she really is and a bit more about why her father does what he does (hint: plankton have a huge impact on CO2 reduct The Next Great Jane by K.L. Going is about love—love of family and love of home. Jane is an aspiring writer who loves her tiny town in Maine, as well as her scientist, plankton-obsessed father. When her Hollywood mother sweeps into town on the same weekend as a famous writer and her family, Jane’s relationships and identity are put to the test. In the process she will discover who she really is and a bit more about why her father does what he does (hint: plankton have a huge impact on CO2 reduction; there’s a climate crisis twist that I loved!). I read this in one fast sitting.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Aubree

    I haven’t read an intermediate level book in a long time and after this fantastic one I am going to look for more! It’s about a 12 year old girl who loves to write named Jane who lives with her scientist father in Maine. Her mother comes into town from her glamorous life in Hollywood with a new fiancé and the intent to take Jane away from her supposed podunk life. It was a great story with wonderful, relatable characters, a great setting, some depth and substance, and an education on plankton an I haven’t read an intermediate level book in a long time and after this fantastic one I am going to look for more! It’s about a 12 year old girl who loves to write named Jane who lives with her scientist father in Maine. Her mother comes into town from her glamorous life in Hollywood with a new fiancé and the intent to take Jane away from her supposed podunk life. It was a great story with wonderful, relatable characters, a great setting, some depth and substance, and an education on plankton and ocean sustainability thrown in for good measure!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Helen Plum

    Elissa: This fun middle grade realistic fiction serves as both an homage to Jane Austen and an introductory course to Austen’s books and characters (at least their names). Twelve-year-old Jane dreams of being a great author. Not someday. Now. And with a famous author in her small town, a surly boy that keeps popping into her life, and her flaky mom trying to take Jane away from her beloved dad, Jane has plenty to do. Find it in our Library Catalog Elissa: This fun middle grade realistic fiction serves as both an homage to Jane Austen and an introductory course to Austen’s books and characters (at least their names). Twelve-year-old Jane dreams of being a great author. Not someday. Now. And with a famous author in her small town, a surly boy that keeps popping into her life, and her flaky mom trying to take Jane away from her beloved dad, Jane has plenty to do. Find it in our Library Catalog

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