Books by Julie Bowe

BIG & LITTLE QUESTIONS by Julie Bowe
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 21, 2017

"Appealing as a story of school and friendship as well as family. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Wren's school year is off to a rocky start after a summer turned upside down by her parents' divorce. Read full book review >
MY EXTRA BEST FRIEND by Julie Bowe
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2012

"A good choice for girls not quite ready to leave behind the innocence of childhood for the spills and thrills of adolescence. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Best friends and summer camp! What could be better? Read full book review >
MY NEW BEST FRIEND by Julie Bowe
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

This delightful sequel to 2007's My Last Best Friend continues the story of fourth-grader Ida May, her growing friendship with Stacey and her rivalry with bully Jenna. While looking for costumes in her attic, Ida May and Stacey unearth a mermaid nightlight. Turned off, the mermaid has a pleasant smile; turned on, the smile turns into a scary, glowing grin. Stacey believes the lamp will cast evil spells like those in horror movies. They form the "Secret Mermaid Club," and Ida May directs the first spell at bossy Jenna. The two girls believe their spells actually work, but things become complicated when they need to lie to make Stacey's spells come true. Can Ida May straighten things out without endangering their friendship? The unexpected twist, with Ida May extending the hand of friendship to Jenna, is believable and satisfying. Bowe is spot-on with Ida May's feelings toward Stacey and her change-of-heart toward Jenna. Issues surrounding divorced households are handled realistically. Fans of Ida May will be overjoyed to read this new installment. (Fiction. 7-10)Read full book review >
MY LAST BEST FRIEND by Julie Bowe
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2007

Fourth grade is about to start, and Ida May has a lot to deal with. She will have to write in cursive, learn to multiply and divide, stop playing with dolls—and get used to the absence of her best friend Elizabeth, who has moved away. To top it off, her parents are insisting that she play with Jenna Drews, resident popular girl and bully. Then Ida meets Stacy, a new girl with whom she seems to have a lot in common. Unfortunately, Jenna absorbs Stacy into the popular group. Is there some way Ida can learn to succeed in fourth grade, make new friends and thwart Jenna's catty comments? Ida's humorous outlook is engaging, and the situation is realistic. With one exception—the circumstances surrounding Ida's previous best friend are not thoroughly addressed—this is an entertaining story that young girls will particularly enjoy, and Ida's cleverness and wit in coping with day-to-day problems will certainly appeal. A good selection for reluctant readers as well as those adjusting to the pressures of growing up. (Fiction. 7-10)Read full book review >