Jo Jo Makoons: The Used-to-Be Best Friend (Jo Jo, 1)

by Dawn Quigley

Other authorsTara Audibert (Illustrator)
Paperback, 2021



American Indian Youth Literature Award: Middle Grade Honor Book! Hello/Boozhoo—meet Jo Jo Makoons! Full of pride, joy, and plenty of humor, this first book in an all-new chapter book series by Dawn Quigley celebrates a spunky young Ojibwe girl who loves who she is.

Jo Jo Makoons Azure is a spirited seven-year-old who moves through the world a little differently than anyone else on her Ojibwe reservation. It always seems like her mom, her kokum (grandma), and her teacher have a lot to learn—about how good Jo Jo is at cleaning up, what makes a good rhyme, and what it means to be friendly.

Even though Jo Jo loves her #1 best friend Mimi (who is a cat), she’s worried that she needs to figure out how to make more friends. Because Fern, her best friend at school, may not want to be friends anymore…



Heartdrum (2021), 80 pages


Original language



0063015382 / 9780063015388

Physical description

80 p.; 7.5 inches


1 copy
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