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Meet Julie Paperback – September 1, 2007
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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.Read more ›
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!
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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