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by Holly Goldberg Sloan
Grades 4 & up

Julia is still mourning the loss of her beloved dog Ramon when her mother signs Julia and her younger brother Randy up for a local university production of The Wizard of Oz. Julia is quite short for her age, so her mother is certain she will be cast as a Munchkin. Reluctant at first, Julia becomes more and more enamored with the various people involved in the semi-professional production. The director, some of the actors, and a few of the tech crew have been hired from out of town; some are college students; the rest, like Julia, are from the local community. Julia acknowledges not only her own shortcomings (pun intended) both at school and at home, but is realistic in her assessment of other people as well. The reader will grow along with Julia as she learns about life and the world around her through this classic production. A must read for students who love to act, as well as for those who feel they are average in a world of “stars.” Highly recommended for grades 4 & up.

ARC provided by publisher

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