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Meet Julie (American Girl (Quality)) Kindle Edition

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Length: 108 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled Optimized for larger screens
Age Level: 8 and up Grade Level: 3 and up

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About the Author

Megan McDonald is the author of the award-winning Judy Moody series and numerous other books. She lives with her husband in Sebastopol, California.

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  • File Size: 2937 KB
  • Print Length: 108 pages
  • Publisher: American Girl (December 1, 2012)
  • Publication Date: December 1, 2012
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #536,518 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10. The first book I ever wrote was about a hermit crab, inspired by a pet I once owned.

9. My favorite color is purple.

8. I love to read mysteries. When I was Judy's age, I read all 56 classic Nancy Drew books . . . in order! Jeepers!

7. I used to collect scabs so I could examine them under the microscope that I got for my 8th birthday.

6. My four sisters and I often made up our own language, which included the words "Hoidi Boidi", "oogey", "retzel crummypuss" and "poony-poony".

5. My favorite TV show is JEOPARDY!

4. To research my Sisters Club book, THE RULE OF THREE, I toured San Francisco in search of the ultimate cupcake. The winner: Sleepless in San Francisco. Think chocolate + coffee.

3. When I was a kid, I fell down a hill from chasing the ice-cream truck and had to get stitches.

2. When I was a librarian, I used to tell stories in sign language. That's how I got the expression "same-same" for Judy.

1. I share a birthday (February 28) with a famous princess, race car driver and gangster, a Rolling Stone, a French tightrope walker, and a winning racehorse named Smarty Jones.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Erika Sorocco on September 5, 2007
Format: Paperback
The year is 1974. Nine-year-old Julie Albright is about to embark on fourth grade; and, while she should be excited for the big day, she's anything but. Back at Sierra Vista Elementary School, Julie would be entering Mr. Nader's fourth grade class with her best friend, Ivy Ling. Everyone loved Mr. Nader, because he allowed his students to hatch butterflies right in class; and Julie's friendship with Ivy meant the world to her. But things had changed practically overnight. Suddenly, Julie's parents were divorced, and Julie was forced to move to an apartment above her mother's groovy shop, Gladrags, with her fifteen-year-old sister, Tracy. Worse than that, Julie was forced to leave her beloved bunny, Nutmeg, at her father's place, and was only permitted to see her father - a pilot - every other weekend. Luckily, she wasn't too far from her old home. Unfortunately, she was just far enough away to have to attend a new school in San Francisco - Jack London Elementary.

From day one, it was evident that Jack London Elementary left much to be desired. Julie's new teacher, Ms. Hunter, was as strict as they come, and wouldn't allow anyone in class to talk. And Principal Sanchez had a habit of walking through the halls handing out demerits to anyone who broke even the tiniest school rule. Julie just knows that she won't fit in with her classmates. And, she seems to be correct. The Water Fountain Girls - Amanda, Alison, and Angela - already know that Julie's parents are divorced, and seem to look for any excuse to throw that bit of information in her face; and the only person who will talk to her is a boy named T.J. But when Julie learns that Jack London Elementary has its very own basketball team, she couldn't be more excited.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Leah Marie Brown, Author VINE VOICE on December 22, 2007
Format: Paperback
In a world of broken-down, drug-addicted teen stars and pop princesses with tarnished crowns, it is refreshing to read a book about a young girl with strong moral fortitude and solid goals.

Julie Albright, the latest American Girl, is a ten year old girl living in 1970s San Francisco. In the first book, Meet Julie, we learn that her parents have recently divorced, forcing Julie and her sister to move away from their friends, father, and family home. We also learn that Julie is a quietly determined girl who cares deeply about those near to her and the issues that are dear to her.

Why I love Meet Julie:
This book tells the story of a compassionate, intelligent young girl living in a time of great change, yet it never preaches or attempts to make the reader feel guilty. I love that American Girl seems to be committed to addressing the concerns of young women living in the world today by giving them identifiable characters who are faced with similar challenges. It's not enough to tell a young girl that she should have goals and stay out of trouble. I love that American Girl, with these Julie books, actually shows girls how they can stay out of trouble by caring about something greater than themselves. In a world of sad, broken-down Britney's and troubled, unlovely Lyndsey's, it's nice to have a Julie to introduce my daughter to!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Robin Orlowski on September 22, 2007
Format: Paperback
American Girls gets into their most contemporary times ever with the introduction of Julie Albright, a young girl growing up in 1974 San Francisco. It's an exciting time to be in America--and several things are happening in Julie's own life.

Her parents have obtained a divorce under recently enacted no-fault divorce laws. Julie and her siblings moved with their mom to an apartment above her shop. However, Julie still gets to see her dad when he is not flying around as a pilot.

I am assuming Julie's father kept the house to create a 'homey' atmosphere when the kids come to visit him because otherwise a frequently gone pilot keeping a place that big does not make plot sense. Like Mom, Dad is presented as genuinely loving and open minded. His change in relationship with Julie's mom did not mean that he stopped loving the kids.

On the other hand, I can also see where revisiting an old house could be painful for a child who had to uproot everything in her life, regardless of how nice and hip the visited parent thinks they are now being to the visiting kid. Especially with his salary, he could have gotten a new place to start over.

However, this same storyline DOES earn it's kudos for showing that neither of Julie's parents drug the kids through a nasty custody hearing and/or were not trying to 'play sides' now by saying bad things about the other. Both examples are important for kids who are curious about the outcome of divorce--or more importantly, whose own families personally are undergoing it.

Aside from the dated cultural references, the book described the very positive relationship I continued having with both my parents during and after their own divorce. It will reassure girls--and boys--that it wasn't their fault.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robin Orlowski on September 21, 2007
Format: Paperback
Having moved into an apartment after her parents divorce in the 1970's, this book's young protagonist, Julie Albright, continues effectively confronting several personal challenges.

Learning that Joy Jenner, a classmate who is deaf does not get treated fairly at school because of her disability is frustrating. Joy can read lips, but her 'odd' speech patterns frequently get riddiculed by insensitive classmates who do not initially understand-care about people with disabilities being treated fairly. This frequently makes it uncomfortable for her to participate and learn. So, Julie runs for class president. Furthermore, she intentionally picks Joy as her vice presidential running mate!

This is another really good fiction offering. Joy's 'difference' from many of their other classmates consequently requires 'campaign trail accommodations' years before the Americans with Disabilities Act would actually mandate it for 'grown up' elections and other parts of society. After having made the selection, Julie also then realizes that she herself had some prejudice against people with disabilities being her equals, and also needed to work through it if Joy really was going to get treated fairly at school. Joy is perfectly capable of speaking for herself!

It's a much more realistic plot device than if the protagonist without disabilities automatically came in and was completely supportive of people with disabilities right to public participation. We see Julie learning from past mistakes and growing, but realize that she is not a bad person.

Revisiting the 'women's political participation' theme from the 'Samantha' series, it also foreshadows the rapid increase of women who would run for office starting in the 1970's and successfully continuing today.
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