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Freckle juice
Blume, Judy.
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Publication Information:
New York : [Random House], [1971]

Physical Description:
47 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Andrew wants freckles so badly that he buys Sharon's freckle recipe for fifty cents.
General Note:
"A Yearling book."

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Reading Level:
370 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 3.1 0.5 262.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 3.6 3 Quiz: 04202 Guided reading level: M.
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Nicky has freckles--they cover his face, his ears, and the whole back of his neck. Sitting behind him in class, Andrew once counted eighty-six of them, and that was just a start! If Andrew had freckles like Nicky, his mother would never know if his neck was dirty.

One day after school, Andrew works up enough courage to ask Nicky where he got his freckles. When know-it-all Sharon overhears, she offers Andrew her secret freckle juice recipe--if he pays. Andrew is desperate and feels it's worth it. At home he carefully mixes the strange combination of ingredients. Then the unexpected happens...

Author Notes

Judy Blume was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey on February 12, 1938. She received a bachelor's degree in education from New York University in 1961. Her first book, The One in the Middle Is the Green Kangaroo, was published in 1969. Her other books include Are You There, God? It's Me Margaret; Then Again, Maybe I Won't; Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing; Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great; and Blubber. Her adult titles include Wifey, Smart Women, Summer Sisters, and In the Unlikely Event. In 1996, she received the American Library Association's Margaret A. Edwards Award for Lifetime Achievement and in 2004, she received the National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

(Bowker Author Biography) Judy Blume is a worldwide bestselling author of numerous novels for adults as well as children. Judy Blume has more than 70 million copies of her books in print.

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Andrew, who wants freckles so badly he buys Sharon's secret recipe, drinks the resulting concoction and manages to get temporary freckles, but then has doubts about the whole enterprise.



1 Andrew Marcus wanted freckles. Nicky lane had freckles. He had about a million of them. They covered his face, his ears and the back of his neck. Andrew didn't have any freckles. He had two warts on his finger. But they didn't do him any good at all. If he had freckles like Nicky, his mother would never know if his neck was dirty. So he wouldn't have to wash. And then he'd never be late for school. Andrew had plenty of time to look at Nicky's freckles. He sat right behind him in class. Once he even tried to count them. But when he got to eighty-six Miss Kelly called, "Andrew... are you paying attention?" "Yes, Miss Kelly," Andrew said. "Good, Andrew. I'm glad to hear that. Now will you please pick up your chair and your reading goup? We're all waiting for you." Andrew stood up in a hurry. His reading group giggled. Especially Sharon. He couldn't stand that Sharon. She thought she knew everything! He picked up his chair and carried it to the corner where his reading group sat. "You may begin, Andrew," Miss Kelly said. "Page sixty-four." Andrew turned the pages in his book. Sixty-four...sixty-four. He couldn't find it. The pages stuck together. Why did Miss Kelly have to pick him? Everybody else already had their books opened to the right page. Sharon kept giggling. She covered her mouth to keep in the noise, but Andrew knew what was going on. He finally found page sixty-four. Right where it was supposed to be...between pages sixty-three and sixty-five. If he had his own freckles he wouldn't have to count Nicky Lane's. Then he'd here Miss Kelly when she called reading groups. And nobody would laugh at him. Later, when the bell rang, Andrew poked Nicky Lane. "What do you want?" Nicky asked, turning around. "I was wondering about your freckles," Andrew said. "Oh yeah? What about them?" Andrew felt pretty stupid. "Well, how did you get them?" "What do you mean how ? You get born with them. That's how!" Andrew thought that's what Nicky would say. Some help he was! "Line up, boys and girls," Miss Kelly said. "Time to go home now. Sharon, you may lead the girls. Andrew, you may lead the boys." Some luck! Just when he got to be leader he had to stand next to Sharon ! When they were in line Sharon whispered to Andrew. "Psst... I know how to get them." "How to get what?" Andrew asked. "Freckles," Sharon said. "Who asked you ?" "I heard you ask Nicky about his." Sharon ran her tongue along her teeth. She was always doing that. "Do you want to know how to get them?" Sharon asked. "Maybe," Andrew told her. "It'll cost you fifty cents. I have a secret recipe for freckle juice," Sharon whispered. "A secret recipe?" "Uh-huh." Sharon's tongue reminded Andrew of a frog catching flies. He wondered if Sharon ever got a mouthful of bugs the way she opened her mouth and wiggled her tongue around. Andrew inspected Sharon's face. "You don't even have freckles!" he said. "Look close," Sharon said. "I've got six on my nose." "Big deal! A lot of good six will do." "You can get as many as you want. Six was enough for me. It all depend on how much freckle juice you drink." Andrew didn't believe Sharon for a minute. Not one minute! There was no such thing as freckle juice. Andrew had never heard of it before! Excerpted from Freckle Juice by Judy Blume All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.