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A Date With A Beatle

A Date With A Beatle

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by Judith Kristen
A Date with a Beatle is a charming look back at the glory days of Beatlemania, as seen through the eyes of a loyal and devoted fan. You'll feel as if you're right there with JUDY: at her first sighting of The Beatles at Kennedy Airport, witnessing their first press conference, sneaking into The Plaza Hotel, drooling over their first appearance on Ed Sullivan, her


A Date with a Beatle is a charming look back at the glory days of Beatlemania, as seen through the eyes of a loyal and devoted fan. You'll feel as if you're right there with JUDY: at her first sighting of The Beatles at Kennedy Airport, witnessing their first press conference, sneaking into The Plaza Hotel, drooling over their first appearance on Ed Sullivan, her wild trip to The Beatles First American Concert in Washington, D.C., and the crazy antics she pulled off, all in loving effort to meet her idol, George Harrison - and she actually made it happen!

A Date with a Beatle is a hilarious, fast-paced, totally entertaining story of the magic that was created by four lovely lads from Liverpool and the dreams that can come true when tenacity and heart are headed in the same direction.

Editorial Reviews

David Bedford
When Judith Kristen decided as a 15 year old girl that she was going to see The Beatles she skipped school to see the group arrive at JFK airport, and then attempted to sneak into their press conference - with some success. The reason was her obsession: George Harrison.

Once she had set eyes on that face, nothing, and no one, was going to stop her from meeting her idol. What follows is a fantastic journey through a teenager's eyes as she follows her dream boy around her native Philadelphia, New York and New Jersey, and even manages to see the Beatles performance at the historic Shea Stadium concert on 15th August 1965.

The story is incredible; the adventure is incredible; her patience and perseverance defy belief at times to make for a book that, especially for second generation fans like me, finally gives a taste of what Beatlemania was really like.

For all the lengthy, fact-filled historically accurate Beatles books out there - like mine! - this is a must for those who want a first-hand taste of what it was really like to be a Beatles fan while the group were at their peak. Judith set out to meet George Harrison, and what happened was pretty amazing to enable the two of them to finally set eyes on each other - but I won't spoil that for you.

Buy the book, and smile as you read it! I did.
British Beatles Fan Club Magazine

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Aquinas & Krone Publishing
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Bill Harry
A Date with a Beatle is a rollicking roller coaster of a ride as a feisty female set her sights on the Beatles - George in particular - during the Fab Four's first American trip. Films such as: I Want to Hold Your Hand and Secrets tried to capture the moment with fictional fans, but this is the real thing. I found it fascinating. (Bill Harry - Founder of Mersey Beat)

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A Date With A Beatle 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
HappyNat More than 1 year ago
Realistically crazy! Judy tells us about the way she dealt with her severe case of Beatlemania in 1964 - by setting up continuous methods and strategies to score a date with her favorite Beatle...George Harrison. Read how high school-aged Judy and her friend Shelly manage to make it to 4 Beatles concerts, stake out their hotels and reek havoc with their parents and even the police force for the sake of their goal. Judy's tenacity and clever command of how to make mischief work in her favor, gains her an advantage over the minions of other screaming girl fans that are also at the shows or outside the hotels and fighting for even a glimpse of their new heroes. Historically accurate, in the way the facts blend in with Judy's experiences, the story progresses from the adolescent perspective of the writer herself. I thought I would need to be a female to enjoy it, but anyone who appreciates the impact the Beatles had on American youth after that historical Feb. 9, 1964 Ed Sullivan Show broadcast, will get a kick out of this and root for Judy every step of the way. It is exciting, entertaining and thoroughly satisfying to see how she outwitted the authorities, worked her way into the right place at the perfect time and finally pulls off her ultimate ambition. Exciting to the point where you won't want to put it down till you get to the very end!
Beatlesnumber9 More than 1 year ago
"The secret to this book's fabulous success is that it is written by a fan for other fans. Now that sounds simplistic, and most great ideas are, but the author's writing ability really takes you back to that time and let's you experience Beatlemania as a young teenager again. Very exciting! For those that didn't get to experience it, this is the next best thing to being there." - David Holmes
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thanks to Judith Kristen's book I have taken a trip back in time that I thought was just a blurred memory - with only Youtube videos to take me there. A Date with a Beatle is the way it was. The way we were. The excitement, the anticipation, that music, THOSE MOPTOPS! This is a fan's book. In one sitting I read this and laughed and reminisced, and wished so much that today's kids could feel that joy. No Bieber Fever is EVER going to top The Beatles and here's the book that takes you back and shows you why.
ChelsDelow More than 1 year ago
I bought this book a week ago at Fest for Beatles and stayed up reading it all night. It took me two hours to read because it was so amazing. I could not put it down even when there was a jam session going on a few floors below my hotel room. It's one of the best books I've read on the Beatles and i've read a lot of them. Judith really takes you back to 1964 and makes you feel as though you are there with her through every stunt she pulls, all in the hopes of meeting the one and only George Harrison. While reading this book. you go back in time and for those who were unfortunate enough to be born decades late, it let's you get a feel for what Beatlemania was like and what it was like for The Beatles to come to America.
SaraHStarr More than 1 year ago
I bought this book a week ago and read it in under two hours. Within reading the first paragraph, I was hooked. As a second generation fan, it really took me back to the time of Beatlemania, making me wish even more that I could have been there. Judith's journey is real and it's fun. It's a very heartwarming story that will make you laugh along the way and fall even more in love with the Fab Four! I recommend this to any fan of John, Paul, George and Ringo whether you were there, or just wish you had been.
LindsLee More than 1 year ago
I met Judith at Beatles Fest in Chicago on Friday. Bought the book that night, and read it ALL that night. I simply couldn't put it down. One of the greatest books I have ever read. I have read countless Beatles related books, and they all talk about Beatlemania, and the people behind it. This book is the ONLY one out of the many, that has made me feel like I was actually there with Judith, through it all. I recommend this book to any and all Beatles Fans. It will bring back memories to those who were there for Beatlemania, and will make those who weren't, wish they were there even more. A well written, fun, and quick read. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is great!! The information and detail are very well adressed. Judy's spunky personality fits the story, and will give you a good laugh almost on every page! I recomned this book if you were around during the Beatlemania times. It'll bring back the memories and help you relive them. I definately recomend this book!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved everything about "A Date With A Beatle". I felt that it had a relatable feel to it, and I couldn't put it down. I enjoyed every thing about this book and I hope others will read it too. It's fun and entertaining, and in some ways, it's thrilling. I was on the edge of my seat while I read it, and it turned out to be a truely good book.
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RCPB More than 1 year ago
Even if you are on the younger side - you will enjoy this book. It was great-keep them coming Judy! All your books are great! RCPB
suealien More than 1 year ago
Within the first 3 minutes of having this book in my possession, I read the first four chapters. I am not a reader but this book grabbed my attention and held onto it until I finished reading it four hours later. Judith wrote with passion about her quest to & account of finally meeting her favorite Beatle. As a fellow Beatles fan, I understand and appreciate her story as I was only a child when they invaded America but grew up knowing who they were and obsessing about them in my late childhood and pre-teen years. If I were to recommend one book to read in your lifetime, it would be A Date With a Beatle. ;-)
BJ68 More than 1 year ago
I met Judy at The Fest for Beatles in March and could not believe how down to earth and generous she was with her time. She seems to be able to talk about any topic with knowledge and experience. I obtained her book and read it in one sitting that same day. At such a young age she displayed such tenacity and quest for goal-----to meet George. Since I am from the same era and from Philly, I soooo felt connected to her. Judy's sense of humor brought her book ALIVE and made me want to share this book with everyone I know. This book is not only for Beatle lovers but for anyone who wants to laugh at human nature and ourselves. Thanks Judy for being you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just loved this book. It took me back to simpler times. I was just a kid when the Beatles came to the USA and this book let me feel how it was for all the teenage girls at that time. Judith Kristen knows how to tell a story. Enjoy this book and then pass it on to your friends or daughters.
carolbradshaw More than 1 year ago
"A Date with a Beatle" will take you back in time to the Beatles invasion of the USA; a time when every teenage girl fell in love with one or all of the Fab Four. You don't even have to be a Beatle fan to truly enjoy the adventures of one determined teenage girl, on a mission to meet the Beatles, in particularly, George Harrison. I read it in one sitting, and found myself lost in time, remembering my own dreams during that crazy and yet so innocent era. Buy it, read it, love it, share it, and read it again. Another great effort by a truly talented writer.
SandraL More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this read, which is through the eyes and voice of a teen who was a Beatle's fan like no other in the 60's. It brings you back to an era as if you were tagging along, and it makes you wish you had been! I can only imagine the fun a book discussion group could have with sharing a part that made the reader smile and the images of the times it would bring to mind and make someone want to share themself. It's about an era that shaped so many and so much in the music industry. It made me wonder what teens today would think about the differences and probable similarities, too, about being star-struck for any generation.
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This is a fascinating book that is great for a quick fun read! It would make a great gift for any Beatles' fan as well. It is quite thrilling, it tells a story of a girl that is very adventurous and that might just do anything to meet her idol- George Harrison. Shelly and her friend break rules and get further than any other fans did. And she got to do it all with her best friend. The young fan- only 16 traveled all over the see the Beatles perform. She finally gets to meet Harrison, and when she does, it is quite the experience.
jcwls More than 1 year ago
"A Date with a Beatle" is a fast, fun read, detailing the incredible true story of a 16-yr. old girl, Judy, a Beatlemaniac whose goal it is to meet her idol, Beatle George Harrison. Along with her friend, Shelly, Judy explores ways to follow the Beatles while they are in the U.S. in 1964. From cover to cover, this story illustrates the power of young love, as we, the readers, delight in a rollicking and riveting sequence of events, orchestrated by Judy herself. So complete is her devotion to the Beatles, Judy actually takes risks that could land her in jail. Her perseverence finally pays off when, oddly enough, George himself actually rescues her from serious trouble, following her frenzied quest to encounter him. As I write this, I have a smile on my face and a hooray in my heart for this lighthearted, amusing and captivating account of teen-age adventure and love. "A Date with a Beatle" could easily become a very entertaining movie!
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Asbury403 More than 1 year ago
This book is a very easy read and "FUN". Anyone who remembers the frenzy of the Beatles "arrival" in America can relate to Judith Kristen's characters. This book follows Judy and her friend Shelly and their antics to meet their favorite Beatle! Thanks, Miss Kristen for taking me back so that I could remember my favorite Beatle.
Chucky_Dodgson More than 1 year ago
What a great story about the real "Beatlemania in America". It is told to you like you are in the room with Jude as she relives those moments of joy and outrageous daring of a yon' teenager in love with her Beatles and her forever beloved George! After this wonderful quick read my one last thought was, "does Jude still have that coke bottle!"
paulJS More than 1 year ago
If you want to relive the greatest time of the sixty's which for me was growing up and falling in luv with the greatest group ever "The Beatles" then you must by the book "A Date With A Beatle". The memories it will bring to any Beatle fan is like being in heaven.I strongly recommend it to people of all ages.
Teddys_Mom More than 1 year ago
I got the opportunity to preview this book, and I couldn't put it down! Ms. Kristen regales us with her charming (true!) story of a young girl's trials and tribulations to find the love of her life - George Harrison. The imagery and dialogue are fantastic, and the story is heartwarming and funny. I would highly recommend this book for girls of all ages - from young teens currently in the throws of Jonas Brother worship to women who were there for the first Beatles concert in America themselves. This book made me wish I'd been a teenager with Ms. Kristen so we could have tracked down the Beatles together!
PRBooker68 More than 1 year ago
I was fortunate enough to be one of about a dozen people to read the preview copy of, "A Date with a Beatle." I LOVED IT! This is not your typical Beatles story. This isn't facts and figures about the band, a book from someone close to the boys, it isn't a tell all - although all of that is pretty cool stuff to read. This is a look at life back in 1964 through the eyes of a devoted and loyal fan whose story is told from the other side of the footlights. From "Judy's" first sighting of them on The CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite, cutting school to see them land at Kennedy, sneaking into The Plaza Hotel, drooling over their first appearance on Ed Sullivan, when she attended The Beatles' first American Concert in Washington, and the crazy antics she pulled all in loving effort to reach her idol, George Harrison. (and she actually made it happen!) As I read it, I realized that without one photo of The Beatles either on the cover or inside the book, I saw visuals in my head on every single page. That is the power of words well written. It's a fast-paced, fun, charming story of the magic that was created by four lovely lads from Liverpool and the dreams that can come true when you follow your heart. This is a movie waiting to happen.