Julia Gillian (and the Art of Knowing)

By Alison McGhee; Drazen Kozjan (Illustrator)
(Scholastic Press, Hardcover, 9780545033480, 280pp.)

Publication Date: June 2008

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Fall 2008 Kids' List
“Julia is plagued by fear, thanks to the bad-news articles her parents are always reading and the book she just can't finish because she's afraid it will have an unhappy ending. With the help of her babysitter, a boy named Zap, and Bigfoot the dog, Julia realizes that sometimes you have to keep on going, even if you are afraid.”
-- Judy Hanley, Book Ends, Winchester, MA


Description
A new middle-grade heroine is born The first story in an extraordinary new series by a New York Times best-selling author.
Ten-year-old Julia Gillian knows everything about her quirky neighbors, her Minneapolis neighborhood, even the inscrutable "claw machine" in the back of the corner hardware store. The one thing Julia Gillian doesn't know is how the book she's reading is going to end. It doesn't seem as if it's going to have a happy ending, and that scares her. But Julia learns a little something about fear: sometimes you just have to work through it. And though bad things do happen sometimes, having good friends and family around you makes life a bit less scary - and much more fun.



About the Author
Alison McGhee writes in all forms for all ages. She's the #1 New York Times bestselling author of books such as Shadow Baby and Someday and a slew of others. She lives in Minneapolis and Vermont, is irresistibly drawn to the color green, and would be happy to eat potstickers every day.

DRAZEN KOZJAN has illustrated several books, including "Diary of A Fairy Godmother" by Esme Raji Codell, "Julia Gillian (and the Art of Knowing)" by Alison McGhee, and Robert Kinerk's "Oh, How Sylvester Can Pester!" He lives in Toronto, Ontario.
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