Starring Jules #3: Starring Jules (super-secret spy girl)

Starring Jules #3: Starring Jules (super-secret spy girl)

by Beth Ain
     
 

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Lights! Camera! Action! Jules is back to take center stage! School is out, and Jules is hitting the road! She's off to Montreal where she'll film her first ever movie, The Spy in the Attic. But that means no friends around on her birthday and no birthday party. And with only a hockey player and diva starlet as cast mates in a town where no one speaks her language,

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Lights! Camera! Action! Jules is back to take center stage! School is out, and Jules is hitting the road! She's off to Montreal where she'll film her first ever movie, The Spy in the Attic. But that means no friends around on her birthday and no birthday party. And with only a hockey player and diva starlet as cast mates in a town where no one speaks her language, Jules is feeling awfully lonely. Good thing her best friend Elinor is sending super-secret spy missions to keep Jules busy. With a little stealth and a whole lot of gumption, she just might be able to turn her bummer summer into a blockbuster.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

Praise for STARRING JULES (SUPER-SECRET SPY GIRL)

"Fans of Jules' previous books will enjoy seeing the soon-to-be-third-grader back in action as she exuberantly experiences the busy life of a budding television and film star."
--KIRKUS REVIEWS

Praise for STARRING JULES (AS HERSELF)

"Ain gives Jules a truly funny narrative voice; her personality, misunderstandings,
and tendency to overthink things are the driving force behind the story…"
--PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, starred review

"Debut author Ain introduces a new chapter-book darling with pizzazz and quite a stage presence."
--KIRKUS REVIEWS

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Children's Literature - Claudia Mills
As second grade comes to an end, the young actress heroine of Starring Jules (As Herself) is about to head to Montreal to shoot a spy film with teen star Emma Saxony. But Jules dreads being separated from best friend Elinor, who is off to spend the summer in London. She does not want to drive to Montreal from NYC with her friend Teddy, who has a habit of throwing up on road trips … or to be apart from her father on her birthday … or to have to slide down a scary mud slide in the film’s climactic scene. Emails from Elinor with “spy assignments” like “Practice stealth” and “Be sure not to let on that you are a tourist” console Jules until she is brave enough to swoop down the mud slide, after all. The voice, humor, and reading level all feel much older than second grade, and the level of privilege of Jules’s classmates (who spend summers in Europe or at a performing arts camp attended by “celebrity kids”) is far removed from the experience of most readers. The ostensible focus of the book—the making of the actual movie—is dispatched briefly, with most attention given to adventures on the road trip (such as when Jules’s little brother’s rubber ducky gets lost in a hotel pool). Still, readers may enjoy vicariously shooting a film, and most young actors likely care more about absent best friends than about fame and fortune. Reviewer: Claudia Mills, Ph.D.; Ages 7 to 10.
Kirkus Reviews
2013-12-11
Even though she'll be spending it in Quebec filming a movie, child actress Jules' summer is not off to a good start. First, Charlotte gets to go to acting camp, and Elinor is returning to England, leaving Jules feeling lonely. Next, a birthday week with her father is replaced by a road trip with her annoying family friend, Teddy. Finally, teen star Emma Saxony proves to be a rude introduction to the world of celebrities. Nonetheless, Jules continues to expand her world with every challenge, and she explains such new words as enunciate and stealth along the way. Each chapter is full of diverting and dramatic plot twists, making the pacing of the book somewhat breathless, as many problems are given the same urgency. It is obvious that Jules is out of her comfort zone. Luckily, through the help of Elinor's emails, the support of megastar Rick Hinkley and the love of her family, Jules is able to keep an even keel. Fans of Jules' previous books will enjoy seeing the soon-to-be–third-grader back in action as she exuberantly experiences the busy life of a budding television and film star. (Fiction. 6-9)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545633833
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
02/25/2014
Series:
Starring Jules , #3
Sold by:
Scholastic, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
1,031,966
File size:
8 MB
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

Meet the Author


A Pennsylvania girl at heart, Beth Ain fell in love with life in New York City, and she loves trying to capture the essence of family life there. Thankfully, she now has the benefits of both city and small town life, having settled in Port Washington, NY, where she lives very happily with her husband and their two kids.

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