ALWAYS, JULIA by Marcia Wood


Age Range: 11 - 13
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 Leaving behind her admiring younger sister Jane (15), Julia moves to New York to become a writer. Penning reams of letters, she vividly conjures up an exciting life: she's her writing teacher's darling, is about to have a short story published, and has a fabulous apartment. But when Jane visits, she discovers just how good Julia is at creating fictions--she's disappeared, leaving behind a post-office box, an indifferent teacher, and (it seems) her dreams. In searching for her sister, Jane gets a story about her as well as the letters into the newspapers, and a publisher offers to turn it all into a book; readers are left with the impression that the next time Jane answers the phone it'll be Julia. Despite its compelling premise, this slim book gives way to quick, convenient, even disappointing answers. Still, though some of the early implications are left unexplored, the emotional truths are beautifully underplayed, leaving readers the wrenching task of contrasting Julia's enthusiastic missives with her trail of heartbreak. (Fiction. 11-13)

Pub Date: March 31st, 1993
ISBN: 0-689-31728-X
Page count: 100pp
Publisher: Atheneum
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 1993