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A new middle-grade heroine is born! The first story in an extraordinary new series by a New York Times best-selling author.
Ten-year-old Julia Gillian knows everything about her quirky neighbors, her Minneapolis neighborhood, even the inscrutable "claw machine" in the back of the corner hardware store. The one thing Julia Gillian doesn't know is how the book she's reading is going to end. It doesn't seem as if it's going to have a happy ending, and that scares her. But Julia learns a little something about fear: sometimes you just have to work through it. And though bad things do happen sometimes, having good friends and family around you makes life a bit less scary - and much more fun.
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Alison McGhee is the author of numerous award-winning books for young readers and adults, including the New York Times bestseller, Someday, illustrated by Peter Reynolds. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with her family. You can visit her at www.alisonmcghee.com.
Drazen Kojzan is the illustrator of several books for children, including Diary of a Fairy Godmother by Esmé Raji Codell, and How to Tame a Bully by Nancy Wilcox Richards. He lives in Ontario, Canada with his family. You can visit him at www.drazenkozjan.com.
Ten-year-old Julia Gillian is in for a different summer vacation. As her parents tackle teaching summer school courses with gusto, Julia has more time on her own to contemplate both her own world and the wider world. While her list of what she is good at is growing in a satisfying way, in the wider world headlines of war, budget cuts, global warming, and tensions in the Middle East cause her consternation. Emily Bauer is an unobtrusive narrator who lets the characters shine. Effervescent Julia is full of kid-centered ideas. Her parents are either distracted or genuinely sympathetic. Brother Zap swings from a young-adult anomie to wild enthusiasm. The personalities Bauer gives these characters are distinct, believable, and just plain fun. A.R. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine
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Book Description Scholastic Paperbacks, 2009. Mass Market Paperback. Condition: New. Reprint. Seller Inventory # DADAX0545033497
Book Description Scholastic Paperbacks, 2009. Condition: New. Drazen Kozjan (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M0545033497
Book Description Scholastic Paperbacks, 2009. Mass Market Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110545033497