Freckle Juice

Freckle Juice


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Freckle Juice by Judy Blume, Debbie Ridpath Ohi

What’s a guy gotta do to get some freckles? This perennial bestselling favorite from Judy Blume has a fresh new look!

More than anything in the world, Andrew Marcus wants freckles. His classmate Nicky has freckles—they cover his face, his ears, and the whole back of his neck. But when Andrew asks Nicky where he got them, Nicky just says he was born with them. Some help he is!

That’s when Sharon offers Andrew her secret freckle juice recipe—for fifty cents, she promises, Andrew can look just like Nicky. His freckleless days are over! He rushes home to whip up the concoction. Grape juice, vinegar, mustard…

But what starts out as a simple freckle juice recipe quickly turns into something disastrous. Andrew is still determined to get his freckles, and to show that pesky Sharon that she doesn’t know everything—and he has the perfect solution! Or does he?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781481411028
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 05/27/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 64
Sales rank: 10,224
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 10.60(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile: 400L (what's this?)
Age Range: 7 - 9 Years

About the Author

Judy Blume, one of America’s most popular authors, is the recipient of the 2004 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. She is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of beloved books for young people, including Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, and novels for adult readers, including Wifey, Smart Women, and Summer Sisters. Her work has been translated into thirty-two languages.Visit Judy at or follow her on Twitter at @JudyBlume.

Debbie Ridpath Ohi is the author of Where Are My Books?. Her illustrations also appear in Sea Monkey and Bob, written by Aaron Reynolds; I’m Bored (New York Times Notable Book) and Naked!, written by Michael Ian Black; as well as ten Judy Blume chapter books and middle grade titles. For more info, visit or @InkyElbows on Twitter.


New York's Upper East Side, Key West, and Martha's Vineyard

Date of Birth:

February 12, 1938

Place of Birth:

Elizabeth, New Jersey


B.S. in education, New York University, 1961

Read an Excerpt


Andrew Marcus wanted freckles. Nicky lane had freckles. He had about a million of them. They covered his face, his ears and the back of his neck. Andrew didn’t have any freckles. He had two warts on his finger. But they didn’t do him any good at all. If he had freckles like Nicky, his mother would never know if his neck was dirty. So he wouldn’t have to wash. And then he’d never be late for school.
Andrew had plenty of time to look at Nicky’s freckles. He sat right behind him in class. Once he even tried to count them. But when he got to eighty-six Miss Kelly called, “Andrew… are you paying attention?”
“Yes, Miss Kelly,” Andrew said. “Good, Andrew. I’m glad to hear that. Now will you please pick up your chair and your reading goup? We’re all waiting for you.”
Andrew stood up in a hurry. His reading group giggled. Especially Sharon. He couldn’t stand that Sharon. She thought she knew everything! He picked up his chair and carried it to the corner where his reading group sat.
“You may begin, Andrew,” Miss Kelly said. “Page sixty-four.”
Andrew turned the pages in his book. Sixty-four…sixty-four. He couldn’t find it. The pages stuck together. Why did Miss Kelly have to pick him?
Everybody else already had their books opened to the right page.
Sharon kept giggling. She covered her mouth to keep in the noise, but Andrew knew what was going on. He finally found page sixty-four. Right where it was supposed to be…between pages sixty-three and sixty-five. If he had his own freckles he wouldn’t haveLane’s. Then he’d here Miss Kelly when she called reading groups. And nobody would laugh at him.
Later, when the bell rang, Andrew poked Nicky Lane.
“What do you want?” Nicky asked, turning around. “I was wondering about your freckles,” Andrew said.
“Oh yeah? What about them?”
Andrew felt pretty stupid. “Well, how did you get them?”
“What do you mean how? You get born with them. That’s how!”
Andrew thought that’s what Nicky would say.
Some help he was!
“Line up, boys and girls,” Miss Kelly said. “Time to go home now. Sharon, you may lead the girls. Andrew, you may lead the boys.”
Some luck! Just when he got to be leader he had to stand next to Sharon!
When they were in line Sharon whispered to Andrew. “Psst… I know how to get them.”
“How to get what?” Andrew asked.
“Freckles,” Sharon said.
“Who asked you?”
“I heard you ask Nicky about his.” Sharon ran her tongue along her teeth. She was always doing that.
“Do you want to know how to get them?” Sharon asked.
“Maybe,” Andrew told her.
“It’ll cost you fifty cents. I have a secret recipe for freckle juice,” Sharon whispered.
“A secret recipe?”
Sharon’s tongue reminded Andrew of a frog catching flies. He wondered if Sharon ever got a mouthful of bugs the way she opened her mouth and wiggled her tongue around. Andrew freckles!” he said.
“Look close,” Sharon said. “I’ve got six on my nose.”
“Big deal! A lot of good six will do.”
“You can get as many as you want. Six was enough for me. It all depend on how much freckle juice you drink.”
Andrew didn’t believe Sharon for a minute. Not one minute! There was no such thing as freckle juice. Andrew had never heard of it before!

Copyright 1978 by Judy Blume

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Freckle Juice 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
austen_enthusiast More than 1 year ago
I remember reading this when I was younger, so I wanted to have my son read it as well. Perfect book to teach a lesson with humor and to have it read within one to two sittings. Also introduces them to the "wonderful world" of Judy Blume. Although it is considerably "dated" and there may be some events, etc (hence 3 stars rather than 4 stars). that would be handled differently today, it can still serve as an enjoyable discussion starter for you and your young reader.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read this book before. IT WAS AMAZING!!!!!! But, dont get the sample beacause it doesnt give any of the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
its a very nice book about a boy freddie he wants freckles and everyone tells him some kind of way to get them you will love this book for a big laugh.please try.....there is even more judy blumes fudges are best.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a little old to read this book but I read it when I was younger. It was a great book! I Love it! At school my class is aloud to write a report on our favorite book, this one is mine!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Are your kids bored? How about a fun book that is easy to read, not too long, and funny?

Do you want freckles as much as Andrew does? What happens when he buys a freckle recipe from a girl in his class? Will Andrew have as many freckles as Nicky? They cover his face, ears, and back of his neck. After mixing the ingredients at home and drinking the juice, Andrew gets a big surprise!

Freckle Juice is also a good choice to read aloud to kids, as with a number of other Judy Blume books.

As a children's book author, I highly recommend 'Freckle Juice' to kids and grown-ups. It's a wonderful book that will be read over and over for many years!

Richard W. Carlson Jr., Children's Book Author

5thgradestudents More than 1 year ago
I like this book because it was interesting. The character, Andrew, wanted freckles but the freckles were fake. It was interesting because he drank nasty freckle juice. He drank something no one would ever drink. The freckle juice got him sick. The teacher gave Andrew a recipe to take off the freckles. This was a funny, interesting book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A book that hits close to home for me because I remember how gullible we boys were in school as opposed to the girls.
Guest More than 1 year ago I 1st read this book when I was nine years old Good Book For all Ages! I gave this book 4 Stars because I diddn't really get it. I don't care if your 60 or 7 this book is good!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is a good book. Just not for me. I am sure little kids would love it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I remember my fourth grade teacher, Mrs.Gordon, reading Judy Blume's books to our class on rainy days in the winter. That was some 23 years ago! Now that my 10 year old is reading Judy's books, it has brought back all my memories of reading them as well. I forgot how funny they were and had to keep my mouth shut every time my daughter gave me a briefing on each chapter she read! I wanted so bad to blurt out the next thing that would happen. Freckle Juice is a cute little story and I loved being able to talk about this book with my daughter and neice.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Freckel Juice is about a boy and he has a friend that has a hole face of freckles. So one day a girl said that if he gave her a quarter then she would give him the recipe for freckle juice. So she gave him the recipe, and wait till you find out what she wrote. Well I will just tell you that it didn't work out as he planned it would. He didn't want to go to school without freckels so he colored dots on his face with a brown marker.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wonderful story about a grade school boy who desperately wants to look like someone else, and in the end learns to love himself just the way he is. Wonderful way for children to learn respect and self-esteem. Should be required reading for grades K-3.
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I have never read it before ,but when i read the 'About The Publiser' I loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I reed it in third grade.
ForeverRomantic More than 1 year ago
I totally enjoyed Freckle Juice. It has Blume's usual humorous take on kids and the outrageous things they get into. My only disappointment is the fact that it was way too short.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book many many times as a child, and still enjoy it. The illustrations from the book I had back then were much better, but the story is still great. Recommended for kids 6-9 years old!
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