Holly Goldberg Sloan
Dial, 2017 (2017)
Hardcover, CD, e-Book
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
ere's another charming tale from
Counting by 7s
author Holly Goldberg Sloan.
stars young Julia, who grieves over the death of her beloved rescue dog Ramon seven weeks before the story starts. Her goals for the summer are to not worry about being short and to find new ways to be happy. She starts a summer scrapbook with hairs pulled from Ramon's dog collar.
ttempting to distract her daughter, her mother encourages Julia and her younger brother Randy to audition for roles as Munchkins in the local university's production of
The Wizard of Oz
, which will also include professional actors and a famous director, Shawn Barr. Though Julia's reluctant at first, her enthusiasm for the project quickly grows as a new world opens up for her. She decides '
this is going to be the summer when the little people call the shots.
he Munchkins include three very small adults. Julia befriends one of them, Olive, and they partner in rehearsals. She also gets to know a multi-talented neighbor, Mrs. Chang, who turns out to have quite a background in show business, and volunteers her services. Barr is impressed by Julia's initiative in finding her. Julia becomes lead dancer and is assigned an additional role as a winged monkey! She watches and learns from everyone around her, and makes many new friends.
is a very sweet story and young Julia has an authentic voice that varies from vulnerable and wondering to very funny in her summations on life, the universe and
The Wizard of Oz
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