Altebrando brings rich, realistic depth to all of her characters... It's a smart, sensitive portrait of an age when change is in the air, for better or worse.”
Altebrando's clear, intelligent writing captures the sweet details that comprise Julia's everyday life
charming and authentic”.
School Library Journal
"This quietly empowering story... is a refreshingly honest take on bullying. Julia is a flawed but earnest girl, and she learns how deal with mean girls at her own pace and with cheer-worthy dignity. Readers searching for something similar to Beverly Cleary or Judy Blume should look no further."
This book would be a safe read for girls on the verge of adolescence or struggling with friendships, and would be a good addition to an elementary library or for young middle school readers.”
Sweet humor, deftly written characters, and a realistic plot make this a great story that is perfect for an upper grade read-aloud.”