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Freckle Juice

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  27,097 ratings  ·  576 reviews
Nicky has freckles: they cover his face, his ears, and the whole back of his neck. Sitting behind him in class, Andrew once counted eighty-six of them, and that was just a start! If Andrew had freckles like Nicky, his mother would never know if his neck was dirty.

One day after school, Andrew works up enough courage to ask Nicky where he got his freckles. When know-it-all S...more
Paperback, 40 pages
Published November 1988 (first published July 1st 1978)
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Mehzabin
‘Freckle juice’ an excellent book about a young boy named Andrew. One day he is sitting behind Nick in class and notices he has so many freckles and he thinks to himself that all his problems would be solved if he had freckles. It would stop him from being late for school and getting in trouble with his mother. His enemy, Sharon hears that Andrew want freckles and offers him her secret ‘freckle juice recipe’ for fifty cents. This is a lot of money for Andrew however, he is desperate to have frec...more
Geoff
This buch is the prequill buch to Lorne of the Rings, where that little guy Frodjo really wants his Freckles! So what happens is Frodjo spends all his days counting Nicky Lane’s freckles, and you know what? There’s was so many of them that he keeps losing count! And Fruddjo says to Nicky how’d you get them things? And Nicky says dummy I was born with ‘em. So then along comes a wizard Merlin! And he that wizard gives Frodjo this magic ring made of lead. And that gave him something like freckles t...more
Lafcadio
It seems as though my propensity for reading one book I like, and then proceeding to devour everything I can find by that author started early. Judy Blume was no exception, and I read this one because I liked her other stuff. It didn't disappoint.
Anna
This book tells the story of a young boy named Andrew Marcus who desperately wants freckles so that he does not get in trouble with his mother, causing him to be late for school. In his quest for freckles he trades fifty cents for a secret recipe for freckle juice from his enemy Sharon. Sharon gives him a recipe that includes grape juice, vinegar, mustard, mayonnaise, juice from a lemon and many other ingredients. Once Andrew has ingested the freckle juice he sits and waits, however all that the...more
Nicole
Having freckles was the solution to all of young Andrew’s problems: being late to school because his mother made him wash his dirty neck, not paying attention for reading group, and even being laughed at in class. Or so he thought. When enterprising classmate Sharon sells Andrew her secret freckle juice recipe, Andrew is overjoyed and rushes home to try it out with results he was not expecting.


Awarded ALA’s Margaret A. Edwards Lifetime Achievement Award, Blume’s text will engage many readers wor...more
Whitney
L-A-M-E! I read it in one day, and there is absolutely no point.
Shannon
I couldn't get behind this book. I thought the kid was stupid.
Alexandra
Grade/Interest: 3rd grade
Reading Level: 370L
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Main Characters: Andrew, Sharon, Miss Kelly
Setting: Andrew’s home and school
POV: Andrew

This book is about a young boy named Andrew Marcus who desperately wants freckles because he believes that if has freckles he would not get in trouble with his mother or be late for school. At school he trades fifty cents for a secret recipe for freckle juice from his enemy Sharon. Sharon gives him a recipe that includes grape juice, vinegar,...more
Minty McBunny
My first grader is reading this for an accelerated reading project, so I wanted to read it myself in order to keep abreast with his studies. I vaguely remember this book from my childhood, it wasn't one that made a big impact on me like some of Blume's other books, but I like the object lesson, it opened a line of conversation between my son and I about wanting things other people have and how it is easy to wish you were different. This is one of the first times my son has read a longer book lik...more
Makenzie
Andrew wishes he had freckles like his classmate, Nicky. While sitting behind him one day, Andrew counts 68 of them, until he is "interrupted" by the teacher. Andrew figures that if he had freckles, he'd live a much easier life, beginning with the fact that his mother would never know if he washed behind his neck. When he decides to ask Nicky how he got his freckles, he doesn't realize that Sharon, who's always bugging him, is standing nearby. Amused that Andrew would do anything to get freckles...more
Henna Patel
Judy Blume is a wonderful author, she has written many wonderful books that everyone would enjoy reading. Freckle juice is a silly and cute book which was absolutely fun to read.This book is about a boy named Andrew who is obsessed with freckles. A girl named Nicky in his class has many freckles and he envies her for having them. He asks her how she got her freckles and she explains that she was born with them. We all deal with other kids in the class who pull pranks and fool you. The same happe...more
Swear Ahmed
Freckle Juice is a book about a boy, Andrew, who really wants freckles. This realistic fiction is suited for children ages 8-10.
Andrew thinks that if he had freckles he wouldn't get in trouble and be late for school. He goes to great lengths to try to achieve freckles.
I found this to be a great book for the theme. The theme is self confidence and self acceptance. Even though Andrew spent so much time and energy trying to achieve freckles at the end he learns he is perfect.
I think this book...more
Emily Scott
I remember reading this book as a kid and I loved it. It was a total hit in my classroom and everyone always talked about the famous "Freckle Juice." This book is about a young boy named Andrew who wants freckles more than anything in the world. His classmate Nicky has freckles and they cover his face, his ears, and the whole back of his neck. Andrew always counts Nicky's freckles and one day got enough courage to ask him where he got his freckles. A young mean girl named Sharon overhears Andrew...more
Dawn
Freckle Juice by Judy Blume is a great work of contemporary realistic fiction for elementary school readers aged 8-10. This book is about a young boy named Andrew Marcus who badly needs freckles. Andrew believes that with freckles, his mother will not check if Andrew has properly washed, making him to go to school late. He pays Sharon fifty cents to give him a freckle juice that will give him freckles (Judy, 1988).
This is another book worth a five star rating. Judy’s work is so interesting with...more
Julie Decker
This one is about a boy who is jealous of a classmate's freckles. He wishes he had them himself, so he goes on a quest to get freckles and falls for a prank by a girl in his class who claims he'll get freckles if he uses her magic potion. Poor kid!

I didn't really understand what could make a kid want freckles, but I did realize even as a kid that sometimes we fixate on something about us that we wish was different and we'd be willing to do anything to make it happen. The charm in this is how aut...more
Janie Neyland
As part of UMHB’s READ 3307, I read Freckle Juice by Judy Blume when I was younger. I can remember enjoying Judy Blume’s books especially this specific one. This story takes place at Andrew’s elementary school. A classmate of Andrew’s has many freckles, Nicky, and he wishes he could have them also. Having freckles was the solution to all of Andrews’s problems, so he thought. Andrew thinks that if he had freckles then he would not get in trouble and would be late for school. After multiple attemp...more
Allie
This book is about a little boy Nick who has so many freckles. This little boy Andrew sits behind him in class and wonders where he gets his freckle’s from. One day Andrew counts the amount of freckles Nick has and is jealous of his freckles. Andrew thinks that if he had freckles his mom would not be able to see if he was dirty. Andrew pays his enemy Sharon fifty cents for “freckle juice”. Sharon had mixed gross ingredients together to trick Andrew into thinking it would give him freckles, when...more
Katie Watkins
A short little story about a boy, Andrew, who wants freckles more than anything. He pays Sharon fifty cents to get her secret recipe, which makes him very sick. He couldn't let her "win" so he comes up with a plan.

My kids enjoyed this story and thought it was pretty funny that someone would want something bad enough to go to these measures.
Danielle Leider
All Andrew truly wants is to have freckles like the boy in his class. He would do almost anything to have some freckles because he believes that are that awesome. He decides it would be a good idea to drink a mixture of many things that was not very tasty because Sharon told him that it would give him freckles. When he saw there was no result, he decides that he wants to get back at the girl, so he decides to draw a bunch of freckles on his face with blue marker. Miss Kelly helps him create a fr...more
Heidisbookopoly
The teacher I currently T.A. for introduced me to this book when we were looking for a new read a-loud to do during our daily 10 minute snack time. I had of course heard of Judy Blume, but never of this book, Freckle Juice. It was a perfect book to read during our snack time because it exposed the kids to chapter books, yet it has some pictures and the language is easy to comprehend. Of course some of our students could have read this book on their own, however, for most it would have been on t...more
Alissa
My moms best friend went to a book festival and brought this back for me. At seven years old I read this over and over. One of my best child Hood books I have :) I'm still a fan of Judy blume's but prefer her teen books now like 'forever'.
Molly G
Aug 20, 2007 Molly G rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: beginning readers
Shelves: childrenslit
I read this book over 15 years ago, and all I really remember is it was my first "chapter book" of my very own.
Dawn Michelle
Funny and thought provoking book about what happens when we get what we think we want.
Michael
one of all time fav kids books
Kris
3 STARS

"More than anything in the world, Andrew wants freckles. His classmate Nicky has freckles -- they cover his face, his ears, and the whole back of his neck. (Once sitting behind him in class, Andrew counted eighty-six of them, and that was just a start! One day after school, Andrew screws up enough courage to ask Nicky where he got his freckles. And, as luck would have it, who should overhear him but giggling, teasing Sharon (who makes frog faces at everybody!) Sharon offers Andrew her se...more
Sophie Friedland
(I read and reviewed this book for 3rd quarter.)

I thought that this book was okay. It was a really easy read. I think that it was just a basic book, but it had a good story to it.

This book is about a boy named Andrew. At school, Andrew sits behind a boy named Nicky. Nicky has so man freckles, and Andrew is jealous of them. All day, all Andrew does is count Nicky's freckles. It is hard for Andrew to pay attention in class with Nicky and his freckles sitting right in front of him. Miss Kelly, Andr...more
Arielle
Grade/interest level: 3rd -5th
Reading level: Lexile 370 (GL 3.6)
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Main Character(s): Andrew
Setting: School
Theme: Individuality, pride, self-esteem
Author: Judy Blume
Andrew loves his classmate’s freckles. He really wants to have freckles like Nick. Sharon over hears that Andre really wants freckles, and she decides to play a trick on Andrew. Sharon convinces Andrew that in order to get freckles, he has to drink take freckle juice. Sharon explains that Freckle juice is t...more
Federico
Freckle Juice is a book that keeps the readers attention.It keeps the readers attention because a boy wants to have freckles all over him so that his mother wont see when he is dirty.He thinks freckles are neat.He wants to have freckles just like one of his classmates.One time when he was in class he was counting every single freckle that one of his friends has because his friend has a lot and he wants to have them just like him.
Another classmate that he has even lied to him about how to get f...more
Jessica
Freckle Juice is a cute story about a boy named Andrew who wishes he had freckles. He wishes he had just as many freckles as Nicky Lane, the boy who sits in front of him in class. One time Andrew tried counting these freckles but once he got to eighty six his teacher told him to pay attention. He wants freckles because he does not want his mom to know if his face and neck are dirty so he does not have to wash them. Andrew is a typical boy in this Judy Blume tale. Andrew learns that you are born...more
Megan
"Freckle Juice" is about a boy named Andrew who wishes to have freckles. He envies Nicky Lane because Nicky has numerous freckles all over his face, ears, and neck. He wants to have his own so his mother will not be able to tell if his neck and face are dirty and he would not have to wash them. A girl in his class named Sharon tells him he can get freckles by drinking a concoction that she claims she used to get freckles. She gives him the recipe for "Freckle Juice" for fifty cents (five weeks w...more
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