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A Room Made of Windows (Julia Redfern #1)

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  110 ratings  ·  16 reviews
A young girl with ambitions to be a writer observes the people around her.
Hardcover, 271 pages
Published March 30th 1971 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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A Room Made of Windows was recommended to me off a Favorite First Sentences website for this gem:

She stayed long enough at the front door to listen to their footfalls die along the graveled drive, as if she wanted to taste to the last morsel her furious disappointment and humiliation.

Yes! Yes I love it! And that drama-filled bit of angst is really perfectly representative of the entire novel.

It’s definitely a book of its time—high on character development, suuuuuper low on plot—but it’s dreamy a...more
Mar 17, 2011 Jess rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: juv, reread
It's a remarkable sensation to go back to a book that meant a lot to you as a child and wonder if the story and characters helped shape you in some way, or if you were already that way and it simply resonated with who you were then. I'm not sure which it was, but I know I read this several times, and as many of the other Julia Redfern books as I could get my hands on. The Private Worlds of Julia Redfern was another favorite - probably because these two are about the adolescent Julia, and I seem...more
Lisa Vegan
Jun 07, 2007 Lisa Vegan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: girls & women
I read this book many years ago when it was first published but I remember loving it. I enjoyed reading about Julia and her family. It’s a great coming of age story about a 12 year old girl and the upheavals going on in her life. I could really put myself in her place. The characters of Julia and others in the book are developed beautifully and I remember envying Julia’s life, despite some of the challenges she faced. A great read!
Another weeding candidate: I can't believe I never read this, because I liked several of Eleanor Cameron's other books as a tween, especially A Spell Is Cast and The Mysterious Christmas Shell--I was a young mystery buff--and the Mushroom Planet books. This is Cameron's first of five books about aspiring writer Julia Redfern, and it is wonderful. (It's not the sequel to Julia and the Hand of God, as several bibliographic databases contend. It comes first.)

Julia's mother and "Uncle" Phil (her mot...more
I read and reread this as a child and still adore it. Julia is an interesting, intense, complicated girl on the cusp of adolescence and trying to catch up with the people around her while finding her own way as a writer. The book is set in Berkeley and the setting is like another character; the time period is actually just post-WWI but I always thought it was the '70s (the year it was published) and you can read it that way too because it feels quite modern (except for the fact that no one livin...more
“I’m ashamed of you.”

Julia’s mom says this to the main character Julia Redfern in A Room Made of Windows. On its heels is her brother’s admonition: “You’re a selfish kid. Why couldn’t you let her go and have some fun?”
Julia’s father died at war and her mom is dating again. On this particular night, fourteen-year-old Julia tells her mother off for not taking her to attend a play. Her mom explains that it’s a play for adults. Besides, no one had promised Julia that she could attend. Julia feels th...more
Lucy Silbaugh
Although it definitely feels dated, I can say that I definitely enjoyed "A Room Made of Windows". I think every reader can find a bit of themselves in Julia Redfern, who loves reading, desperately wants to be a writer (and really, what avid reader doesn't want to, just a teeny bit?) and who really really really does not want her mother to get remarried. Over the course of the story, Julia accumulates an eclectic collection of friends: Mrs. Moore, the elderly pianist next door, Leslie, a fellow w...more
What a strange and unexpected read this was. The protagonist is fully human, making all manner of strongly felt choices that often make the reader cringe, but cringe with understanding. I was amazed at how expertly the author revealed the world as a dangerous and uncertain place without displacing the childhood space of the protagonist. This is an honest book in ways that don't often happen in fiction. I enjoyed the exploration of words and writing, description and imagery. It was a memorable re...more
Amy Flink
My aunt got me this book for my 15th birthday and I loved it!! I misplaced it though and could only remember part of the title but did a search and found it here after many years of searching. Thank you, Amazon!! I love how the girl in the story talked about her cats and her life.
Jan 18, 2009 Lynne added it
Shelves: my-childhood
not a fan. funny because i loved her mushroom planet books so much. this one is about reality and it bites. date listed is a second reading as an adult just to make sure that i didn't miss something wonderful. i didn't
I found this rather dull and rambling. I couldn't relate to any of the characters. I only bought it because I love the illustrator.
I read this in middle school and LOVED it. I haven't revisited it... and I think I won't. I want to preserve the memory of this book.
Aug 18, 2008 Wendy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Kathleen
Kathleen, have you read this? It's about an aspiring writer. And it's set in Berkeley.
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A serious book in the Julia Redfern series after the previus funny ones.
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Eleanor Frances Butler Cameron (1912 - 1996) was a Canadian children's author who spent most of her life in California. She is best known for her Mushroom Planet series and Julia Redfern series.

She also wrote several non-fiction books discussing the writing and enjoyment of children's books.

In 1972 she and Roald Dahl exchanged barbs across three issues of The Horn Book, a magazine devoted to criti...more
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