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The Summer Before Boys (edició 2011)

de Nora Raleigh Baskin (Autor)

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Twelve-year-old best friends and relatives, Julia and Eliza are happy to spend the summer together while Julia's mother is serving in the National Guard in Iraq but when they meet a neighborhood boy, their close relationship begins to change.
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Títol:The Summer Before Boys
Autors:Nora Raleigh Baskin (Autor)
Informació:Scholastic (2011), 196 pages
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children's fiction/middle-grade. Meh. The writing is good but the story uninteresting. Julia is 12 years old, has a mom fighting in Iraq, likes to pretend with her friend that they live in the olden dys (with corsets and pantaloons and such) and is starting to think about boys. Baskin may have perfectly captured this time in a girl's life, but it's not something I care to read about; the parts about her missing her mom are touching, but there isn't enough here to carry the story. Not really a Newbery contender. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
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  lcslibrarian | Aug 13, 2020 |
Julia and Eliza are lifelong friends who have shared everything until one develops her first real crush. The girls find themselves drifting apart until Eliza does something drastic to win back her best friend.
  KilmerMSLibrary | Apr 29, 2013 |
This review first appeared on my blog: http://www.knittingandsundries.com/2011/05/egalley-wednesday-may-25-2011-descent...

It is the summer of 2004, and Julia is staying with her Aunt Louisa (who is really her sister, 22 years older than Julia). Her father was laid off from IBM and is now manager of a gas station and has to work a lot, and her mother, who joined the National Guard, was deployed 9 1/2 months ago. She and her niece Eliza (who she calls her cousin, since they're both 12) are best friends, with their own imaginary games, including one where they fantasize about parasol and carriage days. Uncle Bruce, Eliza's father works at Mohawk Mountain Lodge, which has been around since 1862, and Julia and Eliza spend a lot of time exploring the grounds. This summer is different than others, however, since Julia is starting to notice boys, and is becoming less interested in the imagination games that have bound her and Eliza together.

This is a lovely coming-of-age novel that I think pre-teens and tweens will enjoy and relate to. Julia's worry about her mother, and her growing crush on a particular boy will resonate with many. The familial relationships are well-written and believable. I enjoyed it; it made me recollect that awkward "in-between" feeling - when you're not quite a little girl any longer, but not really old enough to be a young woman.

QUOTE (from a galley; may be different in final copy):

They come in person. They come to your house in their full dress uniform and then you know. You know it's not good news.

Book Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Parents: This is a good clean read. ( )
  jewelknits | May 25, 2011 |
I thought this was a great coming age story with lots of life lessons in it. Boys, school, family. Everything that you grow up with and come to learn. What I like most about this book was how it talk about the war and how it effected her.

Julia grows up so fast and so much just over the summer. Her mother has been over seas for the war and Julia is alone with her father which forces her to do things on her own. Julia is a very smart, bright girl. And even thought she made mistakes, I loved how real she was. She does her best to go to school and spend time with her friends, but you can see the pain of not having her mother there in her feelings.

There aren't a lot of books that talks about the war with kids in them. I love how well Ms. Baskin got into the mind of a pre-teen dealing with the hurt, anger, and separation of parent. At times, Julia needed her mother badly. She needed that guidance and counsel that only a mother can give.

I especially love all the stupid stuff that they giggled at. Boys, and spelling names wrong. This book is great for girls just coming into the their teens. Its had a lot of real like issues that anyone can relate to. The Summer Before Boys is a great story filled with lots of feelings that flow right off the pages. It simply adorable and a great read. ( )
  Bookswithbite | May 13, 2011 |
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Twelve-year-old best friends and relatives, Julia and Eliza are happy to spend the summer together while Julia's mother is serving in the National Guard in Iraq but when they meet a neighborhood boy, their close relationship begins to change.

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