Starring Jules (as Herself)

Starring Jules (as Herself)

Book - 2013
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Jules is an ordinary seven-year-old girl, concerned with school and friends and other ordinary things--until a chance meeting with a casting director leads to an audition for a television commercial.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, c2013.
ISBN: 9780545443531
0545443539
9780545443524
0545443520
Characteristics: 145 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Higgins, Anne Keenan - Illustrator

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Aug 31, 2015

I don't like this book that much. It's very weird.

violet_butterfly_5553 Jul 24, 2014

Jules wants to be a movie star like me and she also likes the color turquoise.Jules does not like the color orange like I do not the color orange.

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JCLChrisK Nov 27, 2013

Jules is mature and capable, a free-spirit, a spacey daydreamer, a bit of a tomboy, and an aspiring actress with pizzazz--the last according to a talent scout who overhears Jules' family at a cafe and asks her to audition for a commercial. Jules has many dimensions, which makes her an appealing character, perhaps the best being that she can draw attention to herself by being appealing rather than spoiled or bratty (unlike some of her literary peers). She has self-created problems, of course, worries and friendship issues, but nothing over-the-top and she has enough humility to see and admit when she is wrong.
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In fact, for a book this short, all of the characters--her parents, brother, teacher, and peers among them--are pleasantly complex, realistic, and appealing. It makes for an enjoyable quick read that many different young readers will relate to.
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My only quibble is that Jules seems a bit too mature, capable, and sophisticated for a seven-year-old; she seems more like she's nine or ten. And according to two different sources it is written at a fourth-grade reading level, a bit high for the target audience of a seven-year-old protagonist. It's not a huge issue, but something to be aware of.

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JCLChristiH Apr 16, 2014

JCLChristiH thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 5 and 9

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