The Summer Before Boys

The Summer Before Boys

Book - 2011
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Twelve-year-old best friends and relatives, Julia and Eliza are happy to spend the summer together while Julia's mother is serving in the National Guard in Iraq but when they meet a neighborhood boy, their close relationship begins to change.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, c2011
ISBN: 9781416986737
9781416986744
Branch Call Number: J BAS
Characteristics: 196 p

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indigo_cat_7
May 29, 2014

It was so bad and boring.

GPLKids May 11, 2012

Julia and Eliza are best friends who spend a summer living and playing together in and around a woodland hotel where Eliza’s dad works. Julia’a mom is serving overseas with the National Guard and there is an undercurrent of worry throughout the story as Julia daydreams about her mom’s safety.
Baskin has written a gentle story of two girls on the edge of adolescence. They are secure in their own friendship but are ready to test the waters with a new boy in the area. Julia sets her sights on achieving her first kiss while Elisa feels somewhat left behind in their familiar world of make believe and summer activities. There is a suspenseful event and, as mentioned, the thread of military danger in the novel.

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Jul 16, 2013

green_turtle_555 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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