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Meet Julie (American Girls: Julie #1)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  2,600 Ratings  ·  148 Reviews
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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Nov 08, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: children-s, 2010
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
Nov 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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Dec 15, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Jul 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jenny (adultishbooks)
I grew up with the American Girls and I needed a quick read to finish up my 30 Books in 30 Days so I picked up this one. This one was after my time when it was socially acceptable to read this for realsies and not because of an arbitrary challenge. Note: I did not have a child to read this too. I read this while there was a load of laundry happening.

1974 is not that long ago but to a modern child, especially a girl, it might be good to remember things in Women's History and how far (and not far
Aug 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-series
I was skeptical of this book at first; did we really need another blond in the American girls canon to not relate to? But then I realized Julie, as the 1974 girl, is the one who can really tackle the complexities of divorce in a time period where everything seemed to be breaking apart (fun Watergate reference!). Julie's best friend Ivy, a Chinese-American, seems like a more interesting character choice (there is no Asian American historical girl), but in the simplicity of the AG world, I guess a ...more
Feb 25, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: library, read-in-2010
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
Julie is the American Girl from the 1970's. She likely is just about the age I was back then. Which is a rather freaky thought, that a historical fiction character is my age! Since I wasn't athletic, I was not really conscious of Title Nine, but I would hear about it more and more in my teen years. Title Nine was the section that mandated boys and girls be treated the same way in sports, then I think in other fields. Julie made use of Title Nine to try and get on the basketball team. Will she su ...more
Oct 02, 2007 added it
Shelves: kids
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.
Aug 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book really gives me the feel of living in San Francisco in the 1970's. Julie is truly a very interesting girl, she loves mysteries, dogs, and her hamster Nutmeg.When she finds out she has to move into a small apartment above her moms store Glad Rags she is thrilled to solve more mysteries in her new home.
Jane Fujiwara
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was skeptical about a "historical book" about such recent history, but the issue of title nine addressed in the Meet Julie book was a good one. Even the looking back section was very informative. I'm now excited to read the rest of the series.
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
Meet Julie was kind of boring, to be honest, because it didn't have much of a plot beyond Julie's fight to join the boy's basketball team. The story is set in the 1970's, but I felt like it didn't contain enough historical references to really date the story.
Nov 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: childhood
I wanted to like Julie's story more than I did because this was my mom's era. I didn't think Julie was a very good friend to Ivy, which was just one complaint. I thought the concept of tackling the issue of sexism at the elementary/middle school level was handled well by showing a very time-period-relevant theme in an easy to digest manner. I wasn't too keen on the divorce aspect, but that was, again, something that became more common in the 70s and is a real issue for many girls of today. I als ...more
Achsah Benz
I didn't finish this book. I was enjoying it until I read ahead a little and saw that it talked about "...the horoscope for Taurus said..." and underneath it was a drawing of Taurus.

Too much for me!
Desirae Barbour
May 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really like this book, it is a really good book. I really like the main chartecar Julie she is a fighter for what is not right and what she wants, that is right. I really like her and this book because she ends up having to move and leave her friend and her parents divorce but then she gets to her new school and see's that they have a basketball team and she loves basketball then the coach says girl's cant play but she fight's for what is right.

My favorite part in this book is when Juile the
Apr 25, 2015 rated it it was ok
This rating is for Meet Julie as well as the rest of the Julie books.

Man, I don't know if it was the choice of decade or the choice of author or what, but this particular set of American Girls books was terrible. And that's not just me viewing my reading of older books in the franchise through nostalgic lenses. I read the Josefina books for the first time a few years ago for my master's paper, and those were great.

Julie is a 9-year-old girl living in San Francisco in 1975 (despite the cover say
Jul 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
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
Sarah Crawford
Jan 15, 2016 rated it liked it

Meet Julie

This is the first is a new series of books from American Girls, and it shows a number of differences from previous series books.

In the past the books have always followed the same format; Meet the girl, the girl saves the day, happy birthday, etc. This time there is no such format.

The opening pages of the first volume also take a different approach. The series is set in 1974, and it starts right off with Julie's parents getting a divorce, a topic not really dealt with much in earlier b
Whitney (Shooting Stars Reviews)
Reviewed by Whitney@Shooting Stars Reviews

Meet Julie is about a young girl whose parents are getting a divorce and her dad is hardly around anymore. She and her older sister move in with her mother, while her dad stays in the same house they’ve lived in for a long time. Julie has to start a new school without her best friend, and she’s finding it hard to adjust to her new life.

She decides to try out for the boys basketball team since there isn’t one for girls, but the coach says she can’t be on
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
Jul 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Julie Albright recently moved across town with her mother and older sister because her parents recently got a divorce. She now has to go to a new school and no longer has her best friend, Ivy, with her every day. Julie must adjust to a new school, teachers, meeting new friends, and a new schedule change with her parents. Julie finally feels like she will fit in if only she can play basketball, but there is no girl's basketball team at her school. Julie wants to play on the boys' basketball team, ...more
Nov 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was a little nervous about starting this series based on reviews that I saw. But I enjoyed reading the book and I'm 25. My mom would've been about Julie's age in 1974 and it's interesting to read about That era even though it wasn't that long ago. It doesn't have to have happened 50 or more years ago to be considered history! The 70s were even too recent for us to learn about in school, we never got much passed the industrial era to be honest and I was always interested in learning about the e ...more
Aug 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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
Dec 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: american-girl
When Julie Albright's parents get divorced, Julie has to move away from her dad and her best friend Ivy. With mom and her older sister Tracy, they travel a few miles across town to live in their new home.
Julie starts a new school and her only friend there is T.J. (Thomas Jefferson).
Once Julie new that their was a sign up sheet to be on a team for basket ball outside Coach Manley's office. But Coach Manley says that their is only a boys basketball team, and Julie thought it wasn't fair. When Ju
Julie's series is the closest American Girl will ever get to modern day. I just can't see them doing a 80s American Girl do or God forbid a 90s one. Please, American Girl, don't even think about it. So anyway... Julie. Julie was actually the last American Girl doll I ever bought (well, her and her best friend Ivy). I like Julie for a couple of reasons. 1). She has real problems. Her parents are divorced now, forcing her to move with her mom and her sister into an apartment in San Francisco. Jul ...more
Oct 10, 2012 rated it liked it
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
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