JULIA GILLIAN (AND THE DREAM OF THE DOG) by Alison McGhee

JULIA GILLIAN (AND THE DREAM OF THE DOG)

From the "Julia Gillian" series, volume 3
by , illustrated by
Age Range: 9 - 12

KIRKUS REVIEW

Now in sixth grade, Julia Gillian copes with her fear of eighth graders, a stubborn third-grade reading buddy as reading-averse as she is and her dog Bigfoot’s last illness. Readers who began the series with Julia Gillian (and the Art of Knowing) (2008) and who sympathized with the nine-year-old who feared finishing a book in which she knew the dog would die will now find themselves in a similar situation. Perhaps, like Julia Gillian (who always uses both her first and last names), her readers will now be older and more able to cope. Although it refers to events of the first two books, this moving story stands on its own. Supporting characters are smoothly introduced. The climax at the veterinarian’s office is gentle but realistic, and Julia Gillian’s realization that everyone has problems is appropriate. Any reader who has lost a pet will recognize the family’s grief and appreciate the support friends, strangers and her surprisingly sympathetic reading buddy provide. Kozjan’s frequent drawings (final art not seen) add a cheerful touch. (Fiction. 9-12)

Pub Date: July 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-545-03351-0
Page count: 336pp
Publisher: Scholastic
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15th, 2010




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