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Jem has just turned 12 years old at the beginning of Part II (Chapter 12). Although he is not yet a teenager, turning 12 seems pretty important to everyone in the family except Scout. Calpurnia begins calling him "Mister Jem," and both Cal and Atticus try to explain to Scout that Jem is "growing." He no longer wants to spend his spare time with Scout, and he warns her that it's about "time you started bein' a girl and acting right!" Jem is feeling the first signs of puberty, and it will be a difficult time for both Scout and Jem, whose "maddening superiority" eventually led to a fistfight between the two.
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