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The Battle of Darcy Lane

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  320 ratings  ·  87 reviews
It is summertime, and twelve-year-old Julia Richards cannot stand the anticipation. Everyone on Darcy Lane seems to be holding their breath waiting for the cicadas to emerge, but what Julia and her best friend, Taylor, want is some real excitement. Which arrives in the form of a new neighbor named Alyssa, who introduces a ball game called Russia . . . and an unwelcome leve ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published April 22nd 2014 by Running Press Kids
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Jacobe D.
Sep 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Battle Of Darcy Lane is about a twelve year old girl named Julia. Julia lives on the street of Darcy Lane, and is ecstatic for summer. Her list of things to do include: spending time with her best friend ever who lives next door (Taylor), seeing her crush Peter (hopefully getting a first kiss?), spending time in her pool, and possibly even seeing the cicadas that only come out every seventeen years to mate (gross!). But when the house across the street gets sold and bought, things change for ...more
Julia and Taylor are best friends who live on the same street and do everything together. Until one summer day, a new girl their age named Alyssa moves in and everything changes. Alyssa introduces the girls to a game called Russia and suddenly a fierce rivalry and battle for loyalties ensue, and Julia's left to contemplate who her friends really are.

In Tara Altebrando's middle grade debut, she manages to nail middle school Mean Girls behavior to the point where reading The Battle of Darcy Lane m
Ben E
Nov 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Battle of Darcy Lane is a fantastic book, it was so good i read it all in one day. This book is definetly for you if you liked Middle School: The worst Year of My Life when reading the book I felt sad but happy at the same time because of all the funny and depressing scenes. The book could hardly fit all the jokes and drama in it. When the new girl on the block moves in Two best friends decide they want to meet this new kid. When the two main characters (julia and Taylor) get to the newly ow ...more
Mimi W
Oct 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
this was one of my favorite books. But it is a little girly. let me summit up for you. Two girls are battling their friendship over drama and a new girl in town.
I like this book because it shows that you don't have to only have one friend and if someone is bossing you around and being mean just forget about it because maybe they're not.
I recommend this book to people who have read rump The true story of Rumpelstiltskin or people who have read princess x.

Happy reading.
Christine S.
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Julia and her best friend Taylor have been best friends since Julia moved to Darcy Lane last year. They live right next to each other and do everything together, and summer is coming up and Julia is planning to spend it all with her playing millionaire. Everything is going as planned until they see the moving truck. The rumors about the new neighbors are true. While unloading, Julia sees that the new neighbors are RICH. Like huge flat screen TV, a gigantic stuffed giraffe, and a plushy hot-pink ...more
Tatum M
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-nine-weeks
The Batte of Darcy Lane is a book about...a 12 year old girl named Julia Richards.Julia Richards lives on Darcy Lane Street.She lives right next to her B.F.F Taylor,and on the other side of the fence is her CRUSH...Peter! Will she get her first kiss? UNTIL...a girl with long brown hair that goes by the name of Alyssa shows up,and now lives on Darcy Lane.Alyssa has an attitude that could tear a friendship apart!! I bet you know what is gonna happen next...Julia and Taylor take a break from each o ...more
Ms. Yingling
Dec 23, 2013 rated it liked it
Julia and Taylor are enjoying summer but also waiting... waiting for the cicadas to come, and also for someone to move in across the street. Alyssa shows up, and while she is pushy and rude, Taylor is enthralled with her. One of Alyssa's obsessions is a complicated ball game called "Russia" which she and Taylor play incessantly on their driveways. Julia struggles with this problematic friendship, but other things as well: wanting to move in to another room in her house; finding out that her pare ...more
Tavi B
Dec 05, 2016 rated it liked it
It's the first week of summer things aren't already going as planned for Julia Richards. First of all it's the 17 year arrival of the cicadas (Gross). Taylor her best friend seems to think that Julia doesn't exits because they never talk anymore and Taylor lied to her multiple times. Third, her parents won't let her move in down the hall to a bigger and better room. Alyssa is the worst problem she stole Taylor from her came up with this game called "Russia" and is ruining her life. The only thin ...more
Zaida S.
Sep 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 1st-nine-weeks
This book, The Battle Of Darcy Lane Is about a girl named Julia facing friendship with her best friend... Taylor, her crush... Peter and the new mean girl that just moved in named Alyssa. Alyssa shares this game called Russia. Alyssa goes head to head against Julia on Russia to see who's better. While having the game coming up she runs into many things such as the cicadas, and losing Taylor, and the the band show, with Peter as her coach will she be able to win or lose in the show down against A ...more
Cate Brooks
Oh the pangs of adolescent I felt reading this one! The excitement and humiliation of bra shopping, the mean girl moving in who makes you the third wheel with your fair weather pal, the parents you don't know whether you love or hate, the loneliness, the baffling feeling of your changing temperament - the list goes on! This will be a great rec for a both a parent trying to relate to their tween and a tween who may need a vehicle to start talking about what they're going through. My 11/12 year ol ...more
Trip w
Mar 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: third-nine-weeks
The Battle of Darcy Lane
When a new girl moves onto Julias's street the girl is not that nice. This sparks the battle of middle school friendship. This new girl, Alyssa brings a new game, it is called Russia. This means new people and friendships. But the action really starts when a Russia showdown is happening. This book is for people who like drama, and suspense.
Jan 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grades
Relatively quick read which illustrates the troubles of middle school drama. The arrival of new neighbor Alyssa impacts Julia’s relationship with others (especially her best friend, Taylor), illustrating the concept of storm, norm, perform. The ending was pretty predictable, but overall the book was enjoyable.
Jul 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
I have really enjoyed reading Tara Altebrando's past young adult books, and was unsure how I would feel about her new middle grade effort. But I was really excited to be contacted by the publisher about reviewing it, and decided to give it a shot. This book definitely took me back to being twelve years old, when you're in between a teenager and kid, and the hardest thing to know is exactly where you fit in. Julia has an especially hard time of things, when her best friend Taylor starts to drift ...more
Helen F
Sep 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 9-weeks
The Battle of Darcy Laneby Tara Altebrando was a..... intersting book. This Book is about Julia Richards and her best freind Taylor enjoying their summer like any other. One day a new girl named Alyssa moves into the block but she doesn't bring herself alone. She also brings a super hard ball game called Russia. Taylor is into her but Julia isnt too sure. Pretty soon Tayor and Alyssa start hanging out, and Julia feels almost a little left out. With a 16 year cicada bug swarm coming their way she ...more
Jul 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book stirred up some of my (long buried) bad memories of middle school and reminded me just how horrible and mean girls can be to each other at that age; girls who are your friend one day, then whispering and snickering about you to a new friend the next, or constanly rolling their eyes and laughing with new friends at anything you say or do. I shudder from the memories. I wouldn't wish middle school on anyone. Unfortunately for many kids it's pretty much how it goes for them. It's just som ...more
Jun 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: booktalkers
This is why I wouldn’t be 12 again. I remember similar friend drama when I was a middle schooler and the feelings of hurt and anger and helplessness all came back reading about Julia and the summer she learns about true friendship.
Julia and Taylor are best friends looking forward to hanging out together all summer. Alyssa moves in across the street from Julia and suddenly, Taylor is more interested in the new girl than in Julia. Julia cannot understand how Taylor could like someone as mean as Al
Mar 08, 2014 added it
Shelves: read-in-2014
I really enjoyed this book and am eager to share it with middle school students. I think it portrays twelve-year-old girls very accurately. I love the way the main character, Julia, vacillates between feeling annoyed by her mom and wanting to be close to her mom, and the interactions between Julia and the two other girls on her street, Alyssa and Taylor, are very well done. As Julia observes several times, the new girl on the block, Alyssa, really is mean, but she is mean to Julia in realistic w ...more
Caroline P
Oct 31, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: second-9-weeks
Julia has big plans for the summer, like spending all day with her best friend Taylor, or hanging out with the boy next door, Peter. Her plans, however, do not involve a new girl on the street who seems meaner than is humanly possible. Alyssa starts the war when she "steals" Taylor from Julia, than proceeds to introduce them to a new game called Russia that seems to be dominating her entire summer. With the complicated rhythm of Russia in her head, her summer just seems to be getting worse and w ...more
Bridey D
Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Battle Of Darcy Lane is about two best friends named Julia and Taylor. Everything was going perfect so far for Julia until a new girl named Alyssa moves into the neighborhood. Suddenly Taylor starts hanging out with Alyssa more and more each day. One day Julia wakes up to the sound of a tennis ball bouncing against the neighbors garage. She follows the noise to Alyssa's house where Alyssa and Taylor are hanging out playing Russia. Russia is a ball game from the Cold War that Alyssa teaches t ...more
May 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
I liked this book enough to read it in one sitting, which says a lot, since that hasn't happened much for me lately. It is not a classic and probably never will be, but it fulfills a need for me for just plain "regular" books. No werewolves, vampires, fairies, or other strange folk; no murders, rapes, or other dire happenings. This is just a realistic slice of life book and I appreciate it for that.

There are two things that also make it a cut above the rest. First of all, the parents of the main
Rachel R
This is a good book. It is about two best friends who live on the same street but the a new girl moves in and it is a battle between them. I didn't like how it ended because I wondered what she would do in 6th grade. This book made me feel sad. People who like books with a lot of drama would like this book.
Shawna Roberts
Sep 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book really spoke to me because I happen to know a few of the Alyssa's and Taylor's of the world and in the last year this type of mean girl business has touched our house. I will definitely be recommending this book to my daughter and other parents.
Feb 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this one!!!
Katie Fitzgerald
This review also appears on my blog, Read-at-Home Mom.

It seems like there is one book every year that feels like it was written just for me. For 2014, that book is The Battle of Darcy Lane. Main character Julia is looking forward to a summer of fun with her neighbor and best friend, Taylor. Taylor's plans change immediately, however, when a new girl named Alyssa moves to the neighborhood. Both Alyssa and Taylor are cruel to Julia in big and small ways, putting her down as they assert their own s
Francesca Kyanda
Aug 22, 2020 rated it liked it
I was drawn to a lot of friendship stories as a kid, especially ones where the girl loses or is losing her best friend to another person who's mean to her (basically elementary school for me 😅) and I read this when I was around middle school and I liked it. Now as a seventeen year old it's still solid but it's not very.... memorable? I think that's the word.
JohnJacob Jinglehiemer-Schimdt
Apr 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
A good book when bitches be crazy and catty. I think there is always a time when you realize some friends aren’t the best for you, I would recommend this book to any younger siblings expericneing what true friends are.
Dec 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Such a creative, capturing funny book, recommend it 100%
Liz Friend
The story: What was supposed to be a fun summer turns nasty when new girl Alyssa moves in and immediately steals Julia's best friend. Alyssa says awful things about people and is just plain mean--why can't Taylor see it? And now that Julia's figured out that she has a crush on Peter, it looks like Alyssa's going to try to steal him too. How can you hold on to what you have without being mean too? Clue: it could have something to do with Russia!

June Cleaver's ratings: language PG; violence G; Sex
Cherie W
Sep 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-nine-weeks
Julia and Tayor are best friends. That is, until the new girl, Alyssa, moved to the neighborhood. Alyssa and Taylor seemed to be getting closer together, bonding through things like the new miniseries, End of Daze, that Julia can't watch and while she's at band camp, they'll be getting closer and closer. It suddenly feels like Julia needs a new best friend, which isn't easy for her, especially in the summer. She feels that she has to work really hard when they're around, to prove that she's 12 y ...more
Apr 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. Loved this.

Review originally posted on Rather Be Reading Blog

When I was in first grade, a new girl moved in (I still remember her full name) and stole my best friend. I remember how sad I was when I found out my BFF was hanging out with the new girl (instead of me) and even more so when the new girl was just NOT nice to me.

This is something you never ever forget. It’s traumatic for a kid (and adult, for that matter) when the friend you love the most in the world is suddenly gone and y
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Tara Altebrando is the author of numerous books for young adult and middle-grade readers. Her upcoming book, THE LEAVING (Bloomsbury), is a YA thriller that received a starred PW review and is a Junior Library Guild selection. Her other YA novels include ROOMIES, coauthored with Sara Zarr; Dreamland Social Club (A Kirkus Reviews Best Books for Teens), The Best Night of (Your) Pathetic Life, What H ...more

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