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In this heartfelt middle-grade novel from debut author Nicole D. Collier, fifth-grader Jillian must learn to speak and break free of her shell to enter her school's academic competition and keep her promise to her grandmother. 

Fifth-grader Jillian will do just about anything to blend in, including staying quiet even when she has the right answer. After she loses a classroo
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Hardcover, 224 pages
Expected publication: February 1st 2022 by Versify
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Tina
Feb 15, 2021 marked it as to-be-review
This is a middle grade book. I love the book cover of this book so much. I am lucky to receive an e-copy of this book from Netgalley, and I will post an honest review of this book as soon as I finish reading this book.
RoshReviews
Jan 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
Ok, I confess. What first attracted me to this book was the cover. It's one of the cutest cover illustrations I've seen in ages and I couldn't resist going for it.

(How I wish the ARC came with all the illustrations! I'm sure I've missed out on some absolutely adorable sketches.)

Just Right Jillian tells us of a little 5th grader, the eponymous Jillian, who is painfully shy, more so after the death of her beloved grandmother. Her parents nurture her with love and care, but she still can't get out
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Ms. Yingling
Jan 12, 2021 rated it liked it
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Sorry to post this so far in advance. I mistakenly thought it was coming out in February 2021.

Jillian is very quiet and insecure, even though her parents are really supportive. Her mother, who suffers from lupus, even runs empowerment workshops for women! Jillian is also still grieving for her grandmother, with whom she was very close, who passed away almost a year ago. School is especially difficult. Jillian doesn't have anyone to whom she feels close, and while
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Jenny Lussier
Feb 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Happy #bookbirthday in 1 year! Oh this book brought me back to my past! Jillian is an amazing kid but has trouble speaking up. It takes a school competition and a promise to her grandmother to help her show everyone who she really is inside. This is a story full of friendship and family, with good times and lots of challenges. This book will definitely resonate with kids in grades 3-6. I think Nicole Collier got her character’s voices just right! This book arrives Feb. 1, 2022. Thank you to @net ...more
Mary
Jan 13, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Remember not to count chickens before they hatch! Fifth-grade Jillian is shy—the kind of shy that twists up her insides and hides her words when she gets nervous. It has gotten worse since the death of her grandmother, an advocate whom Jillian felt could always see through to the real her. When the Mind Bender competition is announced at school, Jillian sees it as her chance to honor her grandmother’s memory—even if she is intimidated by the competition itself. Just like the eggs preparing to ha ...more
Kate
Jan 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an absolutely perfect time for JUST RIGHT JILLIAN to be making her way into the world... because the world could sure use some more Jillians right now. I’m so grateful to Nicole Collier and to Versify for the advanced review copy.

Jillian is a super smart fifth-grader who hasn’t quite broken out of her shell yet. But she’s tired of shyness holding her back and decides to train her heart to be brave. I so wish I could quote from an uncorrected proof, because this book provides inspiration on
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Tameka Woodard
Feb 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jillian is a bright student who struggles with speaking up in class. As the school year progresses, she has many opportunities to keep a promise to her grandmother, who passed away, and show her confidence. It’s so easy to gain an immediate connection to Jillian as she watches the chicks grow in her classroom project and wonder if she’ll break out of her shell as they do. I can’t wait for this book to be available to elementary and middle grades students! Nicole Collier created an amazing story ...more
Kim
Jan 03, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just Right Jillian is a beautiful book for younger middle grade readers. Jillian is in 5th grade, extremely shy and uncertain. She mourns the loss of her beloved grandmother, but she also draws on memories of her words, wisdom and lessons to give her strength and courage. It's wonderful story of becoming who we are, rather than submitting to the wishes of others.

As a librarian I search for stories that can help my students see themselves within a story. Jillian comes from a strong, loving family
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Yapha
Jan 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
Fifth grader Jillian is so painfully shy that it feels like she is choking on her own words sometimes. Who she is inside her head and who she presents to others are very different. How can she possibly compete in the Mind Bender competition at school if she can't even tell her mother which color glasses frames she prefers? With the help of a few good friends and her supportive family and teachers, Jillian is able to crack out of her shell, just like the chicks hatching from the eggs in their cla ...more
Jas Asbill
Feb 28, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So much of this story is wisdom parted through play. The importance of believing in yourself, knowing the difference between being shy and hiding, not letting other people dictate who you are, how you act, or how you look.

One of my favorite bits of wisdom was your need to heart train. Spend time doing the things that build up joy in your heart.

Beautiful story of victory. I did have a hard time feeling the child’s voice in this story. I am a 5th grade teacher myself and it was hard to get out o
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Donna
Dec 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great story about self-confidence, speaking up for yourself, and friendship.
Jilly is shy, to the point where she dresses and does her hair the same as everyone else so she won't stand out and she hardly speaks in class. Ever since her grandmother died just about a year ago, she feels invisible and doesn't want to draw attention to herself. Slowly, due to friendships, her parents, and most of all, a push from her teacher, she starts becoming herself and speaking up for what she wants.
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Ruth
Feb 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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Jillian is shy and tries to blend. Her teacher convinces her to join a competition that will make her stand out. This is a wonderful story about finding your voice and courage when at times it is much safer to blend in.
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