The Summer Before Boys

by Nora Raleigh Baskin


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    • Grades: 5 - 8
    • Ages: 10 - 13
    • Format: Paperback Book
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An unexpected romance puts friendship to the test in this heartfelt coming-of-age story!

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Julia and Eliza are best friends who share everything—even their anxieties. That's why Eliza spends all her time trying to distract Julia from worry. Julia's mother is serving in the National Guard in Iraq, and Julia can't stop thinking about what could happen. As the summer wears on and the girls hang out at the resort where Eliza's father works, they meet the ultimate distraction—a boy. He's irresistibly cute and a perfect match…for both of them. As Julia tries to cope with the possibility of being separated from yet another person she loves, the drama of summer love heats up to the boiling point and spills over.
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    • Grades: 5 - 8
    • Ages: 10 - 13
  • Product Type: Book
  • Page Count: 208 pages
  • Dimensions: 5 1/4" x 7 5/8"
  • Language: English
  • ISBN 13: 978-0-545-44912-0

Editorial Reviews

"Baskin adeptly portrays Julia's ambivalence and anxiety in this thoughtful tale that artfully brings the war to the homefront."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review