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Julie Tells Her Story is the second book in the Julie Albright series by Megan McDonald for AmericanGirl or AG. Julie is one of AG's unforgettable historical characters. Julie is growing up in the 1970's in San Francisco, California with her divorced family. In the second book, Julie has gotten a project at school about families. Poor Julie doesn't know what to do, because she does not want to say to the entire class her family is divorced. As Julie tries to figure out her problem, she goes through many other adventures along the way. She gets a tape recorder from japan which her dad gives her as a present, since he is a pilot. Julie interviews her family for the project with the tape recorder, but when her older sister, Tracy, refuses to be interviewed, Julie spies on with the tape recorder, thus teaching the reader the meaning of watergate. Julie aslo breaks her sister's plant holder. The plant is her Tracy's project for school, so Julie and her best friend, Ivy, hurry to replace her sister's plant holder. Julie also goes through some problems with basketball, as she is on her basketball team, and even more things happen. Eventually, Julie creatively solves her problems, which willl teach its readers to do the same. The book also includes and educational, historical section at the back of the book explaining what school life was like in the 1970's for kids like Julie and how schools were changing to achieve what they have achieved today. Also includes a sneak peek of the next book in the series. In generral, I think this book and the entire series is educational, encouraging, and inspiring for girls of all ages, hough the books are meant for girls ages 8+. Julie has inspred me as well, to reach for my dreams, and try my best, even when people would try to intimidate me. Julie Albright is also a character most girls can relate to, because her time is closer to our time than the other historical characters. I recommend this book to any girl who is looking for inspiration, or something she can relate to in books. This book is also for any girl who loves American Girl, or the Julie Albright collection. Four stars as praise to Megan McDonald. Thank you for reading my review and I hope you like the book as much as I did!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Posted December 4, 2013
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Posted November 11, 2007
If you've read the rest of the American Girl books, you will notice a deviation in title in this volume--and several later volumes in the Julie series. There also feels like a deviation in the storyline. While the formula's similar because it's a school story and everything works out fine in the end, I notice this has more in common with the later books--Kaya, Josefina, and Kit--than it does the first three--Kirsten, Samantha, and Molly. I wanted to like Julie, but she did not seem real to me and nowadays when divorce is so common, particularly in California where this is set, her problems won't seem real to the modern reader. Even the history seems messy in this book, which supposedly takes place in 1974. Julie at one point asks, 'What's Watergate?' Given that Watergate began in 1972 and Nixon didn't resign until August of 1974, Julie would have to be particularly clueless to never have heard of it, especially in an era when young people were more interested in the news and current events. It also seems to ignore the educational problems of the 70's curriculum and just highlights how schools did more 'hands on' things. In the end, I thought this a much more shallow book than any of the 'core three' titles from American Girl. This crowd pleaser will make Mattel happy, but I miss Pleasant Rowland's company.
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Posted January 29, 2013
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