Publish date: July 1st 2010
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Pages no: 336
Edition language: English
Series: Julia Gillian Trilogy (#1)
Read this one for LIBR 2410, but didn't include it in my reading diary, since I liked The Higher Power of Lucky more.
Julia Gillian is quite accomplished for a nine year old. Thus far she's mastered the art of making papier-mâché masks, spreading her gum evenly across her teeth, and knowing exactly what her dog Bigfoot is saying even though he doesn't speak "human." Though she hasn't yet conquered the claw machine ...
Charming without being the least bit treacly, loving but not at all mawkish, this is a pure sweet paean to a childhood without evil lurking in the cupboards. Wonderful through and through.
Perfectly paced young chapter book that knows and respects its audience. The line-art throughout is awesome, and absolutely adds to the reading experience.