Books by Julie Halpern

Released: Oct. 16, 2012

"Aside from the too-anxious-to-eat valorization, fresh as a daisy and sharp as a tack. (Fiction. 12-17)"
Biting wit makes this quest for suburban normalcy in the face of depression and anxiety both laugh-out-loud funny and immensely intelligent. Read full book review >
DON'T STOP NOW by Julie Halpern
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 7, 2011

"There is enough weirdness in this lighthearted road trip to keep it entertaining, although there is not quite enough depth or suspense to make it rise above the average. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
A road trip from Chicago to Portland, Ore., in a Chevy Eurosport with Dad's credit card for expenses makes for a mildly enjoyable summer read. Read full book review >
INTO THE WILD NERD YONDER by Julie Halpern
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Readers will both identify with and like Jessie and will cheer her conversion from meek to outspoken. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Fifteen-year-old Jessie develops the self-confidence to dump her selfish friends and ventures into unfamiliar territory to find new ones in this often hilarious, quirky work of contemporary realism. Read full book review >
GET WELL SOON by Julie Halpern
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Muddled textual messages about attractiveness portray weight loss as both an unfair (and non-feminist) requirement and also an exciting accomplishment; otherwise, this is an appealingly comic cousin of Carolyn Mackler's The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things (2003). (Fiction. YA)"
In funny, easygoing prose, 16-year-old Anna writes letters while spending three difficult, involuntary weeks in a mental institution. Read full book review >
TOBY AND THE SNOWFLAKES by Julie Halpern
FICTION
Released: Sept. 27, 2004

"Although the storyline is a bit disjointed, its message should appeal to kids with both real and imaginary friends. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In this slow, quiet story, a lonely boy discovers that friends come and go. Read full book review >