Short by Holly Goldberg Sloan

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A charming read with an important message that no matter one’s stature, “the way we move tells the world who we are.”
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In this heartwarming and funny middle-grade novel by the New York Times bestselling author of Counting by 7s, Julia grows into herself while playing a Munchkin in The Wizard of Oz
 
Julia is very short for her age, but by the end of the summer run of The Wizard of Oz, she’ll realize how big she is inside, where it counts. She hasn’t ever thought of herself as a performer, but when the wonderful director of Oz casts her as a Munchkin, she begins to see herself in a new way. As Julia becomes friendly with the poised and wise Olive—one of the adults with dwarfism who’ve joined the production’s motley crew of Munchkins—and with her deeply artistic neighbor, Mrs. Chang, Julia’s own sense of self as an artist grows. Soon, she doesn’t want to fade into the background—and it’s a good thing, because her director has more big plans for Julia!
 
Bubbling over with humor and tenderness, this is an irresistible story of self-discovery and of the role models who forever change us.
 

About Holly Goldberg Sloan

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Holly Goldberg Sloan was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and spent her childhood living in California; the Netherlands; Istanbul; Washington, DC; and Oregon. She has written and directed a number of successful family feature films. The mother of two sons, Holly lives with her husband in Santa Monica, California. I'll Be There is her debut novel.
 
Published January 31, 2017 by Dial Books. 300 pages
Genres: Children's Books.
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Kirkus

Good
on Sep 19 2016

A charming read with an important message that no matter one’s stature, “the way we move tells the world who we are.”

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Jun 23 2017

Julia’s natural naïveté (such as not knowing that L. Frank Baum is not “El Frank Bomb”) and inability to self-censor make for a narrative filled with lighthearted and candid moments.

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NY Times

Below average
Reviewed by Ali Benjamin on Jan 13 2017

I adored Olive, and I loved the relationship she and Julia formed. I just kept wishing I could have met Olive somewhere other than Munchkinland.

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