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The Summer Before Boys av Nora Raleigh…

The Summer Before Boys (utgåvan 2011)

av Nora Raleigh Baskin

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Twelve-year-old best friends and relatives, Julia and Eliza are happy to spend the summer together while Julia's mother is serving in the National Guard in Iraq but when they meet a neighborhood boy, their close relationship begins to change.
Titel:The Summer Before Boys
Författare:Nora Raleigh Baskin
Info:Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing (2011), Hardcover, 208 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek, Ska läsas
Taggar:to-read, 2011-release


The Summer Before Boys av Nora Raleigh Baskin


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  lcslibrarian | Aug 13, 2020 |
Julia and Eliza are lifelong friends who have shared everything until one develops her first real crush. The girls find themselves drifting apart until Eliza does something drastic to win back her best friend.
  KilmerMSLibrary | Apr 29, 2013 |
This review first appeared on my blog: http://www.knittingandsundries.com/2011/05/egalley-wednesday-may-25-2011-descent...

It is the summer of 2004, and Julia is staying with her Aunt Louisa (who is really her sister, 22 years older than Julia). Her father was laid off from IBM and is now manager of a gas station and has to work a lot, and her mother, who joined the National Guard, was deployed 9 1/2 months ago. She and her niece Eliza (who she calls her cousin, since they're both 12) are best friends, with their own imaginary games, including one where they fantasize about parasol and carriage days. Uncle Bruce, Eliza's father works at Mohawk Mountain Lodge, which has been around since 1862, and Julia and Eliza spend a lot of time exploring the grounds. This summer is different than others, however, since Julia is starting to notice boys, and is becoming less interested in the imagination games that have bound her and Eliza together.

This is a lovely coming-of-age novel that I think pre-teens and tweens will enjoy and relate to. Julia's worry about her mother, and her growing crush on a particular boy will resonate with many. The familial relationships are well-written and believable. I enjoyed it; it made me recollect that awkward "in-between" feeling - when you're not quite a little girl any longer, but not really old enough to be a young woman.

QUOTE (from a galley; may be different in final copy):

They come in person. They come to your house in their full dress uniform and then you know. You know it's not good news.

Book Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Parents: This is a good clean read. ( )
  jewelknits | May 25, 2011 |
I thought this was a great coming age story with lots of life lessons in it. Boys, school, family. Everything that you grow up with and come to learn. What I like most about this book was how it talk about the war and how it effected her.

Julia grows up so fast and so much just over the summer. Her mother has been over seas for the war and Julia is alone with her father which forces her to do things on her own. Julia is a very smart, bright girl. And even thought she made mistakes, I loved how real she was. She does her best to go to school and spend time with her friends, but you can see the pain of not having her mother there in her feelings.

There aren't a lot of books that talks about the war with kids in them. I love how well Ms. Baskin got into the mind of a pre-teen dealing with the hurt, anger, and separation of parent. At times, Julia needed her mother badly. She needed that guidance and counsel that only a mother can give.

I especially love all the stupid stuff that they giggled at. Boys, and spelling names wrong. This book is great for girls just coming into the their teens. Its had a lot of real like issues that anyone can relate to. The Summer Before Boys is a great story filled with lots of feelings that flow right off the pages. It simply adorable and a great read. ( )
  Bookswithbite | May 13, 2011 |
The Summer Before Boys was a couple stories in one. The first deals with the that time in life where we begin to lose our youth and become interested in things like boys. The other story is about the sacrifices that member of our Armed Forces and their families make during times of war and deployments. Both stories are intertwined in a simple and beautiful manner.

Julia and Eliza are best friends and relatives. They love to read and pretend. They read the classics- Little Women and Little House On the Prairie. There is magic all around them as they imagine the lives of these characters and create there own. However, at 12 years old, things are beginning to change for Julia at least. Sometimes she can't see the same things Eliza sees. Julia's also begun to notice boys. One boy in particular. This change threatens to tear Julia and Eliza apart.

The other part of the story is the part that touched me the most. Julia's mom is serving as a nurse in Iraq. The current summer near the end of her deployment is mixed in with flashbacks to the past year, when Julia and another student were sent to special counciling for students with deployed parents. The worry and longing for her mother's safe return is so strong. Nora Raleigh Baskin did a particularly good job in describing what it's like to have a parent serving in the military far away from home. It was a wonderful reminder of what the families of our men and women in uniform must go through not only while their loved ones are away, but also how different things can be when they come back.

I found this book to be so moving and real. I understood these girls. I was always reading the same books as they did. I could see myself in their shoes. I also appreciated the harsh realities of war and having a mom so far away. Julia went through so many emotions while her mom was gone, and I felt them right along with her. I think everyone should read this to really understand what kind of things the families of our service members can go through. The worry of not knowing if your loved one is safe. The agony of missing a simple phone call because you never know when you may get another. I ended the book with a heart for of thankfulness for both our service men and women and their families. This was such a good book, and I hope everyone will read it.

Galley provided by publisher for review. ( )
  l_manning | May 9, 2011 |
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