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By Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Small girl grows inside in funny, inspiring theater tale.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

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age 12+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 12+

Fine. Has some a little questionable words (not swearing).

Heads up: I’m a 14 year old teen. I enjoyed the book- had a hard putting it down till the merry end. Not cuz it was scary, just cuz it was so honest, sweet, pure and just made a good, honest (again) read. Cons: as I mentioned in the title. Nothing a 12, 13 year old can’t handle.

This title has:

Great messages
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age 11+


I think that they talk about dwarfism so I think a mature kid like a 11 year old would understand this book. Xoxo-Julia

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (6):

Sweet, smart, and laugh-out-loud funny, this delightful novel by Holly Goldberg Sloan is a wonderful read, bubbling with discovery and excitement and embracing the bittersweet in life. Short is a sure delight for theater kids, but it will also resonate with readers who aren't yet sure what their "thing" is or if they even have a thing.

Julia's stream-of-consciousness narration sidetracks into musings on curious idioms, gentle self-chiding for her less charitable thoughts, and precociously somber reminders of the lessons she's learning in her summer theater experience. She's naive enough to not always understand exactly why the adults around her behave the way they do, particularly when it comes to romantic entanglements, but she has the maturity to understand how they're feeling. The strong, caring adult characters are just as appealing as young Julia, whose joyful spirit carries the story.

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