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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
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Paperback, 40 pages
Published November 1988 (first published July 1st 1978)
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Deanna
Nov 15, 2015 Deanna rated it really liked it
This wasn't my favorite Judy Blume but it came close. My favorite had to be "Are you there, God? It's me Margaret."

This one appealed to me quite a bit when I was young because I also had a TON of freckles. Along with my read hair...I hated them!

I loved the fact that Andrew WANTED freckles like Nicky. In his mind his mom would never notice how dirty he was that way (ohhh child logic). Then we have enterprising Sharon who comes up with the idea that she will sell Andrew a secret recipe for fifty
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Mehzabin
Jan 10, 2013 Mehzabin rated it liked it
‘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
Jul 22, 2014 Geoff rated it liked it
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
Shannon
Aug 09, 2010 Shannon rated it did not like it
Shelves: 1990
I couldn't get behind this book. I thought the kid was stupid.
Lafcadio
May 28, 2011 Lafcadio rated it liked it
Shelves: released, yaddled
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.
Whitney
Feb 28, 2008 Whitney rated it did not like it
L-A-M-E! I read it in one day, and there is absolutely no point.
Anna
Apr 25, 2012 Anna rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 12, 2009 Nicole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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,
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Janie Neyland
Oct 20, 2014 Janie Neyland rated it really liked it
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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
Julie Decker
Feb 11, 2014 Julie Decker rated it liked it
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
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Sheila
A sweet story from Judy Blume, I somehow missed this book when I was young and reading all things Judy. I really enjoyed the wisdom and kindness of the teacher in this book, and how she reacted to Andrew and treated him in front of his classmates. Kudos.
Minty McBunny
Feb 17, 2014 Minty McBunny rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014, february-2014
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
Taylor Hainley
Sep 15, 2015 Taylor Hainley rated it it was amazing
The book "Freckle Juice" by Judy Blume is about a boy named Andrew that wants to have freckles on his face like his friend Nicky does. He asks everyone how to get freckles and a girl in his classroom named Sharon tells him that she has a "secret" recipe for freckles. She calls this recipe "freckle juice" and tells Andrew she will give it to him for 50 cent. Andrew gets the money from his bank in his room and gets the recipe from Sharon. He goes home and makes the juice, which is all these ingred ...more
James Vachowski
Aug 23, 2015 James Vachowski rated it it was amazing
Second-grader Andrew Marcus wants freckles. He’s desperate to look like his friend Nicky Lane, who has freckles all over his face, ears, and neck. Andrew even tried counting Nicky’s freckles one time, but he only got as far as eighty-six before his teacher caught him and told him to pay attention. He’s tried everything to get the look he desires, including drinking a magic potion of “freckle juice”! When it turns out that even secret recipes don’t work, Andrew takes matters into his own hands an ...more
Makenzie
Apr 30, 2014 Makenzie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: funny, chapter-book
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
Apr 18, 2014 Henna Patel rated it really liked it
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
Apr 16, 2014 Swear Ahmed rated it really liked it
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
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Emily Scott
Apr 15, 2014 Emily Scott rated it really liked it
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
Elle Harris
May 01, 2015 Elle Harris rated it liked it
A young boy named Andrew dreams of having freckles like the rest of his classmates and he is willing to do whatever it takes to get them. He eventually gains the courage to ask his classmate how to he got his freckles, but a girl named Sharon overheard and offered her “magic freckle juice” before the other classmate could respond. She gave Andrew the freckle juice recipe for 50 cents and Andrew quickly found out the recipe did not help him get freckles. When Andrew recovered from being sick due ...more
Aimee
Apr 04, 2015 Aimee rated it really liked it
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Dawn
May 01, 2014 Dawn rated it it was amazing
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
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Emily Sands
Apr 27, 2016 Emily Sands rated it really liked it
Freckle Juice is about a boy named Andrew and his friend Nick. One day in class Andrew notices Nick has a lot of freckles on his face and this makes Andrew wonder if his problems could be solved with freckles. He begins to attribute unrealistic realities to what freckles could do for him. A girl in school tells Andrew that if she bought her recipe he would get freckles. Andrew tries everything in his power to get freckles but finds nothing works. Eventually he draws freckles on his face to mimic ...more
Calvin  Kwon
Jun 21, 2014 Calvin Kwon rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I did not like this book because Andrew was a fool and he took the secret recipe from Sharon to get freckles cause he always wanted them. But Sharon took his money and Andrew took the recipe but the recipe said weird things. He needed stuff that he did not want to put into Freckle Juice. You should find out if Andrew really got Freckles from using the secret recipe or did he use something else to make Freckle Juice. CALVIN
Mrs. Corsaut's Class
Hooray for Judy Blume! You should definitely read this book if you are in second grade, because the characters in this book are in second grade, too. The main character Andrew wants freckles so bad that he pays his classmate, Sharon, 50 cents for a Freckle Juice recipe. The book was so humorous that it made us laugh out loud, too. For example, after Andrew mixed the ingredients all together to make Freckle Juice, he turned green when he had to drink it. The Freckle Juice mixture was so gross, it ...more
Sarah
Jul 22, 2015 Sarah added it
For me i think freckle juice is kinda weird and lovely at the same time.First of all Andrew is a lovely character but he should just be himself and not want to Nicky just because Nicky has freckles.Second of all i think Sharon is mean and a brat!!!
I mean Sharon gave Andrew that "secret recipe" and he got so sick, but i do think Andrew should of known better.
Just because of the way Sharon acts around him ( like she knows everything ) At the end of the story i didnt think that Andrew should of pu
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Erin
Jul 13, 2015 Erin rated it liked it
Cute story about a boy who wants freckles just like another boy in his class. I like the creativity in this book as the enterprising Sharon sells her recipe to grow freckles and the wise teacher helps Andrew solve his problem in a way that doesn't embarrass him in front of his peers. I was smiling throughout this innocent and amusing story. Perfect for young readers!
Seussville
Oct 30, 2015 Seussville rated it really liked it
Have you ever read Freckle Juice by Judy Blume? If not then you should read it right now.
This book was all about Andrew wanting freckles like Nicky Lane so he wouldn't have to wash behind his neck anymore. Sharon tried to help him get freckles by giving him a freckle juice recipe for 50 cents. Andrew got sick and his face turned green from the freckle juice. You will have to read this book to see if Andrew once and for all ended up with freckles.
We loved the book Freckle Juice because you had to
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Samantha Zimmerman
Freckle Juice is based on a young boy, Andrew, who is envious of a classmate’s [Nicky] freckles and looks for a way to get freckle of his own. A young girl in the class, Sharon, tricks Andrew into believing that she has the secret recipe for getting Freckles and sells it to him for fifty cents. When Andrew gets home, he puts all the ingredients together and drinks this Freckle Juice, which ends up making him really sick. When Andrew realizes that it was all a joke, he decides to draw on the frec ...more
Allie
Apr 20, 2014 Allie rated it really liked it
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
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Judy Blume spent her childhood in Elizabeth, New Jersey, making up stories inside her head. She has spent her adult years in many places doing the same thing, only now she writes her stories down on paper. Adults as well as children will recognize such Blume titles as: Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret; Blubber; Just as Long as We're Together; and the five book series about the irrepressible Fu ...more
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