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Julia Gillian (and the Quest for Joy)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    A very intriguing book.

    I loved reading this book. I couldn't even put this marvelous and intriguing book down. My only complaint is there is only 3 books in the series. It is a book perfect for hiding under your pillow and reading late at night. it is one of those books you can read over and over again. i absulutly adored it.

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  • Posted April 6, 2011

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    Reviewed by Kira M for TeensReadToo

    Julia is starting sixth grade and middle school. Instead of enjoying recess, Julia is now stuck "controlling variables," dealing with older school bullies, facing a reluctant reading buddy, and seeing mounds and mounds of homework. To make matters worse, Julia's old dog, Bigfoot, is slowing down, and this is the final straw. Julia's world is falling apart. Can she find a way to get her life under control - or will it get the best of her? A short, fun read for anyone having trouble adjusting to a new school. The characters are well-developed, and the plot does a good job of holding the reader's interest. Those who like realistic fiction, school stories, and friendship tales will enjoy reading this new book starring Julia, JULIA GILLIAN (AND THE DREAM OF THE DOG).

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  • Posted November 3, 2010

    Highly Recommend this book!

    This book is great. Very appropriate for children specially 5th graders. I read some of this to my daughter and she read some herself. I was excited to see it take place in Minnesota! As I was reading it I guessed from the lake mentioned it was in Minneapolis. This book is nicely written no foul language. Very highly recommend this book.

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  • Posted October 4, 2010

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    Reviewed by Kira M for TeensReadToo

    As the new school year begins, Julia feels that it isn't starting off very well. Learning to play the trumpet is harder than she expected. Her best friend, Bonwit Keller, seems to be avoiding her and never wants to spend time together. An eccentric lunch monitor seems to love to terrorize her. When Julia starts telling lies to cover for her shortfalls, she ends up getting tangled up. With everything happening and her world falling down around her, Julia wonders where she can find joy. Will she ever find a happy medium in her life? Will Julia figure out what's eating at her best friend, or will she lose him forever? JULIA GILLIAN (AND THE QUEST FOR JOY) is a great book. The characters are well-developed, memorable, and humorous. The plot moves along at a good pace and holds the reader's interest. The illustrations interspersed throughout the book complement the text well and add a unique element to the story. Readers who like realistic fiction and friendship stories will all enjoy this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2010

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    amazing

    It's one of my favorite books! I love it! You should totally read it!

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  • Posted December 4, 2009

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    Reviewed by Cat for TeensReadToo.com

    Julia Gillian is quite accomplished for a nine-year-old. Thus far she's mastered the art of making papier-mâché masks, spreading her gum evenly across her teeth, and knowing exactly what her dog, Bigfoot, is saying even though he doesn't speak "human."

    Though she hasn't yet conquered the claw machine at Bryant Hardware by grabbing the stuffed meerkat, Julia keeps her skills sharp every Friday and Sunday afternoon during her walks around the neighborhood with Bigfoot.

    By far and away though, Julia Gillian's greatest skill is the art of knowing. For instance: she knows what her mother's making for breakfast before entering the kitchen, she knows the newspaper is full of nothing but bad news, and thirty-six pages into her new green book from Quinn Booksellers, she *knows* the story isn't going to end well.

    Set in Minneapolis, JULIA GILLIAN (AND THE ART OF KNOWING) is a down-to-earth story featuring a precocious young girl's struggle figuring out how to deal with the unsettling realities life (sometimes) presents.

    A few people might object to Julia's lack of summertime playmates, especially living in a large city; having grown up an only child, though, I can attest to the challenges of ferreting out peers.

    Alison McGhee gives children an intelligent and determined central character dealing with relatable problems in an honest, straightforward narrative. I'm definitely setting this one aside to pass on to my nieces.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2009

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    I LOVED IT!

    You should really read this book. She has a first name for a first name and a first name for a last name. Just like me. My name is Jocelyn Isabella. READ IT OR ELSE!!

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