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Freckle Juice

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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 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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Sh3lly (grumpybookgrrrl)
So, I read this with my daughter this past weekend and she said "it was just okay." LOL We had a good time talking about the ingredients in the secret recipe and if we would drink it and why the main character thought drinking something like that would give him freckles in the first place.

A cute book, not one of Blume's best.

SPOILER ALERT: The bratty little girl goes on to prank the boy who had freckles and wanted to get rid of them by trying to pawn her secret recipe off on him too. I don't k
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Paul Nash
Sep 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
I remember reading this about 30 years ago and thinking, "why would you want so many freckles on your face"? But I had a fun time reading it. Now my daughter is reading this book and Blume's Fudge series. I miss being a kid.
Mehzabin
Jan 05, 2013 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
Shannon
Aug 09, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 1990
I couldn't get behind this book. I thought the kid was stupid.
Geoff
Jul 22, 2014 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
Montague
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It was about him with his magical marker that was blue and he was poking polka dots on his cheek and everyone laughed. It's one of my favorites because it's like a whole story. I liked when he put freckles on his face with the blue marker. It made me heartbroken that people laughed at him. It taught me that you can't laugh at people. (age 7)
Lafcadio
May 28, 2011 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 rated it did not like it
L-A-M-E! I read it in one day, and there is absolutely no point.
Natalie
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just read this in about 10 minutes, so it's beyond me how my teacher spent more than one session reading this to us in grade three. I definitely remember the blue freckles taking up more of the story than it did, so that was a bit disappointing as a nostalgic reread. But it was very cute, and I remember LOVING it when we read it in grade three. so five stars.
A.I.
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’m giving 5 stars to this book even though we have only read half of it. Why? Because for the first time ever, my 8 year old son asked “If I up early enough tomorrow, will you read the rest with me?”. Wake up early AND read!

My boy who very much dislikes to read and will do anything he can to avoid it at all costs asked for more! God Bless you Judy Blume. I will now pray that he likes the Fudge books and that this is not a trick.
Anna
Apr 25, 2012 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 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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⟡ brittney ⟡
Another childhood favorite! Loved this one so much!
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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Plot Monster
Sep 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Freckle Juice by Judy Bloom has 40 pages and was first published in 1978.

Freckle Juice is the story of second grader that longs for freckles.  He is convinced that if he had freckles his mother would never know when his neck was dirty and he wouldn't have to wash it every day.  

I remember reading this book when I was little and giggling like crazy.  Freckle Juice is a fun, timeless book that is sure to keep children of all ages laughing.  Recommended for young readers that are just starting to r
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Erin
Mar 19, 2015 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!
Brian
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Judy Blume’s, childhood fiction, Freckle Juice takes place in the 1970’s, in the second grade. Andrew Marcus believes all his problems will be solved if he has facial spots like his friend Nicky Lane. He inquires from this person how to get them only to found out some people are just born that way. This is a silly book meant to entertain and reminisce what it was like to be young and gullible.
Randie Lin
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read this to my 3.5 year old at her request. She actually was able to listen to it all, surprisingly, with some voice impressions & acting. The book is entertaining with speedy buildup, good story line, and fitting ending; very age appropriate to its audience. Spoiler...I wish all teachers could be like the Miss Kelly.
Through Glass
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Probably the only Judy Blume story I've read. I picked it up when I was probably 8 or 9 at a used bookstore with my parents. I thought it was hilarious and to this day I still have my copy! Such a cute and silly little chapter book.
Netanella
I remember reading this as a kid and enjoying it. Reading it this week with my soon-to-be 2nd grader brought back some good memories.
Christine
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-aloud
This was an easy, fun, and quick read-aloud with my kids that sparked conversation about the desire to fit in.
Michelle
Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed reading this to my daughter.
Julie Decker
Feb 11, 2014 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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Janie Neyland
Oct 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Sarah
Nov 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Heather Armbruster
Sep 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Freckle Juice by Judy Blume was a great realistic fiction book. I think this book would be ideal for advanced second grade readers and third grade level. This Judy Blume book is a story about a boy named Andrew who desperately wants freckles. A fellow classmate has countless freckles, and jealous Andrew has none. A girl in Andrew's class named Sally offers some help...the book goes into how desperate Andrew really is to have freckles. This is such a cute story. The book contains fairly simple wo ...more
Michael
Proof of Judy Blume's genius lies within these pages. Freckle Juice is a classic kids story so beautifully plotted and so filled with vivid character studies you'll barely notice it's written at a third grade level. The main character, Andrew, is loveable but a bit dim-witted, struggling gamely against his own irrational desire to have freckles so he doesn't have to wash his neck. Along the way he bungles negotiations with the owner of a freckle-juice recipe and tries to bluff his way into havin ...more
Lauren Anglin
Sep 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Judy Blume tells great stories! I think her book, "Freckle Juice" would be a great read aloud in class over a period of time. It is relatable to children trying to fit in. The character in the book is jealous of his friends freckles. His friend convinces him of a solution called freckle juice that she had him pay for. Desperate to have freckles, the character buys it and it goes downhill from there. This book would be a great time filler book to read out loud to the class when there is extra tim ...more
Minty McBunny
Feb 17, 2014 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
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