Juliet's Story

Juliet's Story

by William Trevor

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Whitbread Award-winner Trevor's first novel for young readers is metafictional: it is a story about telling stories. Juliet, an Irish girl from County Tipperary, loves Paddy Old's tales, particularly a peculiar one about a man who has no story of his own--until a malicious piece of beef on a spit gives him one to tell. When Paddy dies, Juliet feels lost, but her grief slowly dissipates when her Grandmamma takes her on a fanciful trip from Dublin to the south of France. Along the way she tells Juliet her own unique stories (included here), and while Juliet finds an uncanny affinity with the protagonists, she still sighs, ``I wish I had a story of my own.'' When she meets a toymaker on the beach in France, her wish begins to come true. Trevor has a wonderful knack for whimsical detail and gentle observation, and his sophisticated understanding of the powers of narrative is sheer pleasure. Ages 9-13. (June)
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-Through vibrant characters and expressive language, this acclaimed author's first novel for children explores the magic of storytelling. Juliet loves listening to Paddy Old, the village storyteller in County Tipperary. The elderly man says that everyone has a story, but Juliet is worried that she doesn't. When he dies, her grandmother takes her on a trip across Great Britain to France, hoping that she can work through her grief. Stories are told along the way, which makes the journey seem shorter and helps Juliet begin to resolve her feelings. Her travel is a heroic journey of sorts. She meets a toymaker who helps her save some trout from the hotel dining room and gives Juliet something that is hers to tell. She returns home triumphant, knowing that wherever stories are, she will find them, make them her own, and share them with the next generation. She has taken up where Paddy Old left off. She has been allowed to grieve and comes to accept Paddy Old's death in her own way. The stories allow her to observe life from a safe distance and recognize parallels to her own life as she is ready. This novel is interesting enough to recommend for reluctant readers, and would make a great read-aloud.-Cheri Estes, Dorchester Road Regional Library, Charleston, SC
Hazel Rochman
A great Irish writer tells a contemporary children's story without nostalgia or condescension. It's a quiet novel, simply told, about a girl in Tipperary who loves listening to stories. She finds them in dreams and in real events and in things people said. As she travels with her grandmother on the train and across the sea, Juliet realizes that stories made the world go around; they connect her with the people around her. The tales that are woven into the narrativefrom fairy tale to realistic comedyare rich with character. In the end Juliet finds her own adventure and makes it happen, and she does it with spirit and style, just like the stories she knows she will write one day. Not for readers who want swashbuckling adventure, this will speak to those who find secrets and surprises in daily life. Everyone has a story.

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Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
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