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Junior Year Abroad

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Beloved teen author Rosamond DuJardin joins up with her daughter to describe Judy's real life junior year in Europe.
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Published January 2000 by Image Cascade Publishing (first published 1960)
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CLM
Feb 04, 2012 CLM rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, france, 20th-century
Rosamond du Jardin was used to writing about fictional teenagers (the beloved Tobey Heydon, Penny and Pam Howard, etc.) but when her daughter Judy went to spend her junior year of college in Aix-en-Provence, the letters she sent home were so vivid and entertaining that Rosamond thought they would make an unusual book.

Judy and her new friend Rusty, a sorority girl from the University of Iowa, begin having adventures in New York, even before they boarded a ship for France. When they arrive in Aix
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Emily
Aug 27, 2012 Emily rated it liked it
This 1960 book was a mildly fun fictionalized account of a real junior year abroad, perhaps written with an eye to encourage other American college students to try something that was then still a relatively new idea. It was mostly interesting as social history. Were young women really this obsessed with (completely chaste) dating in the 1950s? The sights of Europe pale in comparison to the anguish of being "manless," and the delight of a recently docked ship full of American sailors: "this was o ...more
Margaret
Sep 13, 2009 Margaret rated it it was amazing
I checked this out from the Vulcan Public Library in the mid-80s during a summer up in Canada. I remember absolutely loving it and reading it over and over again. It's probably what sparked all further interest in Europe...this book and Princess Diana, that is. Am going to buy it and see if it's just as magical.
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Apr 21, 2014 Erin rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Re-read November 2012.
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Rosamond du Jardin first wrote humorous verse and short stories for newspaper syndicates, then went on to sell approximately a hundred stories to such magazines as Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, McCall's and many other publications, abroad as well as in the United States. She also wrote five novels for adults before her first novel for teenagers, Practically Seventeen, which was published in 194 ...more
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