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Meet Julie (American Girls: Julie #1)

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Julie Albright doesn t want to move away from her San Francisco neighborhood near Chinatown, even if her new apartment is just a few miles away. Moving means leaving her best friend, Ivy, and her pet rabbit, Nutmeg. Worst of all, it means leaving Dad, now that her parents are divorced. Julie tries to make the best of her new situation by joining the school s basketball tea ...more
Paperback, 92 pages
Published September 1st 2007 by American Girl Publishing Inc
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Jen
I decided to "Meet Julie" when my daughter, who is rapidly approaching her eighth birthday, scanned through the "Historical Character" section of the American Girl website and got all excited about this character and the year 1974 . . . the year I was born. Well. That's enough to plunge anyone into a midlife crisis: I mean, seriously, "historical"? Looking at Julie, I noticed that she comes wearing a turtleneck I used to actually own, has the same hair I had, and is living in San Francisco, just ...more
Jennifer
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Ciara
julie is one of the newer historical american girls. i believe she was introduced in 2007. the fact that she is historical is a source of some controversy, as her era in 1974. yeah. five years before i was born. it's weird. the idea of little girls in the year 2011 going out & buying a 70s-style doll with a long side braid & a tacky turtleneck & then outfitting her with a lava lamp, an awful rug shaped like a foot, & a basketball set straight out of the harlem globetrotters' lock ...more
Sesana
I'll do a proper review when I finish the whole series, but I liked this one more than I had expected to. I was worried that McDonald would take a heavy hand with the 70s slang and trend, but she was actually pretty restrained.

ETA 11/5/12: After reading the rest of the series, plus Ivy's tie-in, I'm still pretty impressed. By the third book, I felt pretty confident in saying that the timeframe (mid-70s) was chosen so they could show a family navigating divorce. Here's the sad thing: the main sto
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Erica Rhodes
After having read some of the negative reviews I kind of imagined reading this book and thinking it wouldn't have terribly much for my daughter. Having been born after Julie, I'm not sure I have the same problem with feeling old and that the 1970s aren't really history as some parents. Julie would only be 47-48 this year, so for some parents it's entirely possible that their children have read these books and learned about their mother's childhood, but not mine. When I was in school we learned a ...more
Kate
This is the first in another of the American Girl historical series, if we're calling things set eight years before I was born historical. Which I suppose we are. This is set in 1974, in California, maybe San Francisco? Julie's parents are divorcing, so she and her sister are moving with their mother to an apartment over her mother's shop - I want to call it a hippie gift shop, but I guess it's a little late for that. Anyway, Julie has to leave her best friend and go to a new school, where she h ...more
Lindsey
I'm a long-time fan of the American Girl series, despite my age, but I didn't feel like I was stepping very far back into history with this one. It's set in 1974 and I was born just 8 years later, so obviously it wasn't a huge leap for me. Julie herself is interesting, though, as are her family and friends. I think she will make a good role model for girls. Overall, it's a nice series so far and a more familiar world than any described in previous American Girl books.
Laura
Julie Albright isn’t keen on the idea of moving. Sure, she’s staying in the same city, but it won’t be the same not living with dad and all. Plus, she won’t be able to play with her best friend, Ivy, everyday and the apartment has a ‘no pets’ rule which means she can’t bring her rabbit, Nutmeg. It seems like things just can’t get any worse.

But they do. Julie decides that, to help overcome her loneliness, she’ll join the school basketball team. The only problem? The team is an all boys team and t
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Courtney
The book I chose for popular series was from the American Girl series and is "Meet Julie". Julie is a girl from 1974, whose parents divorced and made her move across town, away from her friends. She plays basketball and wants to play on the school team, but it is for boys only, and her Dad does not think it is a good idea. So, she starts a petition, which her best friend helps her fill out, but Ivy gets upset and deserts Julie. But Julie keeps going, and takes the petition to the basketball coac ...more
Chrissy
In one word? ADORABLE!

I totally grew up on the American Girls. I remember my favorites -- Samantha and Molly, and as I moved on to other books through my childhood years, I guess I assumed that the American Girls thing died away.

It was my sister who showed me that I was terribly misinformed. Apparently she's been collecting these American Girls over the years, which is how I got the opportunity to MEET JULIE.

Basically, Julie is a historical character in the 70's and as we meet her and get a glim
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Miri
It's 1974 and Julie Albright is nine years old, she lives in San Fransico, her parents are recently divorced so she and her fifteen year old sister Trace spend their time between their mother who lives above her store Gladrags, and her father the airline pilot.


Julie, Tracy and her mother have just moved into an apartment above their mother's new store, Gladrags and Julie is miserable about it. She's had to leave her home where she grew up, her best friend Ivy, her school, and even her pet bunny
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Carolyn
Sarah and I are currently reading our way through the Julie AGD books. Over the course of the Julie books that we've read, Julie is dealing with the pain of divorce. While this is not a favorite topic, it is a good discussion starter for the topic. I also like Julie's "take charge" personality - she's always finding a way to make a difference in the world. I think this is true for all the AG books - think it's a great model for girls.
E
OK, so Julie, as written, doesn't have the spunk and fire that I loved so much in Felicity, but she's no shrinking violet, either. If this book can help show girls that they must never stop fighting for meaningful equality between the sexes and can take none of women's advancements for granted, then I'm willing to overlook the slightly less fascinating personality.
Christina
This took a while to grow on me. Initially I wasn't as interested because Julie's place in history is recent enough to feel very familiar. And I think the author took that idea and ran with it a little, throwing in passing references to toys and pop culture that need to be explained. Maybe she assumed most girls would be able to ask their moms about stuff, but since this is a little before my time there were things I just didn't get.

But once the story got rolling, I really enjoyed it and Isobel
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Laura
Maybe I don't like this as much because it's an American Girl I'm reading while I'm older? Whatever the reason, this book seemed a little boring to me. It had some interesting points, but mostly it's just her running around trying to be on the basketball team. It wasn't exciting at all. The big climax wasn't very engaging. Mostly when I was reading I was thinking, "Huh, that stinks. Well, I guess that's cool. When does this chapter end? I want to get back to my Star Wars book."

The writing itself
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Rebecca
My first American Girl book, read so I could present Erin's American Girl book club! I actually really liked it! This one was written by Megan McDonald of Judy Moody fame, and though its simple, optimistic writing is appropriate for its audience, this introduction to Julie of 1974 still deals with divorce, a new school, gender bias, and Title Nine (detailed in the "Looking Back" note at the end). The oil paintings and full-color spot illustrations (most of which visually explain an of-the-time d ...more
Taylor
Julie doesn't want to move from her favorite place ever even jsut a few miles away would make her cry. Moving would mean leaving her best friend Ivy and her pet rabbitt Nutmeg. The worst of all is she would have to leave her dad now that her parents are divorced. Then Julie is pumoed when she finds out that the new school has a bsketball team until the coach says "NO GIRLS ALOUD!". Julie has to fight her place on the team,some of her classmats tease her, and now even her best friend ivy wont tal ...more
Kricket
The new addition to the series. Is anyone surprised that yet another "American Girl" is white and has blonde hair? Apparently, after 1864 (when the Addy character's story takes place) America is only populated by white people.

Aside from that rant on the series as a whole (which I actually loved as a child) I wasn't too stirred by this one. It was written by the author of the Judy Moody books, and I like those. I think Judy's funny. I don't think Julie's funny, I think she's kind of boring and a
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$hanel
Julie Albright lives in the 1970`s and is about to move away from San Fransico near ChinaTown. This means that Julie must leave behind her best friend Ivy and her bunny NutMeg. Now that Julie`s parents are divorced this means that Julie has to visit her Dad on weekends and live with her Mum. She also has to make new friends at her new school which seems like starting over for Julie. On the plus side Julie is determined to make it to the basketball team at her school (Julie isnt that girlie) but ...more
Samantha
I love Julie! She's my absolute favorite American Girl, and I've got the doll and all these outfits for her to prove it. In "Meet Julie", we meet Julie Albright. She's a girl living in New York City in 1974. Her parents recently got divorced, and she is still coming to terms with the whole thing. In the book, her best friend Ivy is moving away and Julie must learn to accept change. Plus, she has taken an interest on playing on the all-boys basketball team at school and won't stop until she has a ...more
Em
It is a very long book. It's a lot of stories in one, but they are very good.
Kimberly
I like American Girl books and this is one of my favorites so far.
Penny McGill
Oh my, we love the American Girl books at our house. Each series is a delight - bringing you closer to the doll you love - and Julie is one our favourites. I don't think the Julie doll is one my daughter would ever want - she is just too modern - but this series comes out of the library again and again. We were thrilled to see that Megan McDonald wrote this series - she who brought us Stink and his sister Moody - and think every girl would love to make friends with Julie even if they aren't inte ...more
Julie Carlson
Fun book, great title
Allison
two thumbs up!!
Korra
I love this books!
Audra
I read this to my daughter when I purchased her first American Girl doll. Julie grows up in 1970's San. Francisco and is the child of divorced parents. She experiences the separation from friends, school, and neighborhood that many children of divorce experience when they move to a new location with a parent. She also fights for equal rights for girls in sports as Title Nine becomes law. Theres nothing earth shattering that happens in this book but it teaches good lessons with decent historical ...more
Callie Stillion
I could not put this book down. Julie is the American Girl Doll that I really want. Julie has to move, and she did not want to leave her best friend, Ivy. But because her parents are divorced she has to move with her Mom on the weekdays, and her father on the weekends.
The catch is, Julie only gets to see Ivy on the weekends, and Ivy thinks that on purpose Julie made her parents divorce. Ivy does not want to be Julie`s best friend anymore.
Can Julie convince Ivy that is wasn`t her fault?
Madalyn H
Julie is a girl who is growing up in the 1970s (1974 to be exact).
In this story we learn that Julie is moving from her house because her parents got divorced. We also learn that Julie was not allowed to play on her school basketball team just because she was a girl. I don't think this was fair at all. She did get to play on the team at the end because made a petition and got 150 signatures and talked to the basketball coach and the principal who let her play.
Kristine Pratt
Other than my having to get over the fact that we're telling stories about my childhood years and calling them 'historical' this is an interesting series. It's sad to point out that the main issue in this book is the topic of divorce more than anything else. Is that what we have to say about family life in the 70s? That just makes me sad. Otherwise, I like getting to know Julie and have enjoyed reading these books.
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"Sometimes I think I am Judy Moody," says Megan McDonald, author of the Judy Moody series, the Stink series, and THE SISTERS CLUB. "I'm certainly moody, like she is. Judy has a strong voice and always speaks up for herself. I like that."

For Megan McDonald, being able to speak up for herself wasn't always easy. She grew up as the youngest of five sisters in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her father, an
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