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 is the "New York Times" bestselling author of "Someday", as well as "Little Boy", "So Many Days", "Bye-Bye Crib", "Always", "A Very Brave Witch", and "Bink and Gollie". Her other children's books include "All Rivers Flow to the Sea", "Countdown to Kindergarten", and "Snap". Alison is also the Pulitzer Prize-nominated novelist of the adult novel "Shadowbaby", which was also a "Today "show book club selection. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and you can visit her at AlisonMcGhee.com.

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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