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Julia is very short for her age, but by the end of the summer run of The Wizard of Oz, she'll realize how big she is inside, where it counts. She hasn't ever thought of herself as a performer, but when the wonderful director of Oz casts her as a Munchkin, she begins to see herself in a new way. As Julia becomes friendly with the poised and wise Olive - one of the adults with dwarfism who've joined the production's motley crew of Munchkins - and with her deeply artistic neighbor, Mrs. Chang, Julia's own sense of self as an artist grows. Soon, she doesn't want to fade into the background and it's a good thing, because her director has more big plans for Julia!

Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:304 pages
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  • Nicole
    Mar 15, 2017

    Nuts. I loved Sloan's COUNTING BY 7'S, and I thought this book would be amazing based on the description...but I just thought it was okay. There was something about the voice of the young protagonist....

  • Sarah
    Sep 14, 2016

    Endearing novel seen through the eyes of the oh so charming preteen Julia Marks. Discouraged about her lack of stature and grieving the loss of her beloved dog, Ramon, Julia isn't looking forward to h...

  • Akilah
    Mar 06, 2017

    2.5 stars, rounding down.I liked this book better when I started reading it than when it ended. After the middle, this book started to drag a lot for me, and I found myself forcing myself to see it th...

  • Patrick
    Feb 11, 2017

    A girl who is short, doesn't want to he short, gets cast in play to be short, and learns that being short is a very tall order and she is ready to tackle it. Wizard of OZ meets realistic fiction. Love...

  • Sarah
    Mar 10, 2017

    I think Sloan is a super writer so (in addition to the good reviews I'd read) I fully expected to enjoy this. I thought this was super. I loved the frank age-appropriate voice of Julia as she observed...

  • Heather
    Jun 08, 2017

    I've been looking for read alouds with unrepresented characters and this one qualifies. I've loved Holly Goldberg Sloan's writing since I discovered her in Counting by 7's. This one was right up there...

  • Christina Hanson
    Apr 16, 2017

    "I grew this summer. Not on the outside, but on the inside. And that's the only place where growing really matters." Short by Holly Goldberg Sloan features Julia Marks, a matter-of-fact girl who does ...

  • Laura
    Sep 12, 2016

    It's been a long time since I've read contemporary middle grade. I think kids will LOVE this -- it has the right mix of heart, relatability, humour, and seriousness that speaks to kids that age. Espec...

  • Elizabeth
    Feb 23, 2017

    I liked this book! It was a sweet story of Julia and the summer she spends playing a Munchkin in her town's production of The Wizard of Oz. There were some very funny moments and observations made by ...

  • Brenda Kahn
    Mar 04, 2017

    I enjoyed this. I think I would've enjoyed this more had I read it with my eyes. I don't generally enjoy Sands' "young" voices. They tend to come off too quirky for my taste. I loved Julia's meanderin...