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Julian's glorious summer
Cameron, Ann, 1943-
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Publication Information:
New York : Random House, [1987]

When his best friend, Gloria, receives a new bike, seven-year-old Julian spends the summer avoiding her because of his fear of bikes.
Reading Level:
480 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.1 1.0 273.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 2.8 3 Quiz: 06212 Guided reading level: N.
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Bestselling classic The Stories Julian Tells was just the beginning! Get ready for more of Julian's wonderful imagination in the Julian's World chapter book series!

Julian isn't afraid of lions or tigers, but he is scared of . . . bicycles?

Julian's friend Gloria has a brand-new bicycle. She makes riding it look easy, but Julian is scared. Bicycles are shiny, whizzing, wobbly things. And he's not ready to ride one. But he can't tell Gloria he's scared, so he tells a fib instead. He almost gets away with it . . . until the fib backfires and he's got an even bigger problem!

"This is a perfectly constructed young reader, with neat turns in the plot, a loving family, and engaging dialogue." -- Kirkus Reviews

A Library of Congress Children's Book of the Year

Author Notes

Ann Cameron is the bestselling author of many popular books for children, including The Stories Julian Tells ; More Stories Julian Tells ; Julian, Secret Agent ; Julian, Dream Doctor ; The Stories Huey Tells ; and More Stories Huey Tells .

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 2-3. When Julian's best friend Gloria gets a snazzy new bicycle Julian knows he should be happy. But he isn't. Not because he wants one too a bicycle is the last thing he wants but because he is scared of falling off, so scared he tells a fib about having to work at home all summer. The fib escalates, and when his dad finds out, he does indeed put Julian to work. Several exhausting weeks later Julian's mother asks him what he truly thinks about bicycles, and Julian finds out how good it feels to tell the truth. By the story's end Julian has a new bike, new skills, and a new outlook on the rest of a glorious summer. In this brief chapter book Cameron succeeds in developing a well-paced plot with fine characterizations of Julian's struggles and the laid-back humor of his dad. Librarians wanting stories with black protagonists will especially welcome this book. PW. Fear Fiction / Bicycles and bicycling Fiction [OCLC] 86-33828

School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-4 Children are in for a treat with these two books. In The Chalk Box Kid, Gregory is dealing with several problems. His family has to move after his father has lost his job, and his unliked Uncle Max moves in with them and shares Gregory's room. Bulla has done an excellent job of making this story upbeat and interesting, and of bringing Gregory's hard-working blue-collar family to life. Gregory reacts to his upsets by drawing a fantastic garden out of chalk on the walls of an abandoned building. His imagination and artistic talents help him immediately, and later, when admired by others, help him to gain a better self image and work out his problems. Readers are sure to sympathize with Gregory and the changes in his life. Teachers are portrayed as compassionate and interested in their students' welfare. Outstanding characterization plus a poignant story make this a particularly strong selection. Cameron has captured the same atmosphere in Julian's Glorious Summer as she did in The Stories Julian Tells (Pantheon, 1981). Julian is pleased that summer has arriveduntil his best friend Gloria rides by on a new bicycle. His fear of falling prohibits him from learning to ride, and he doesn't want Gloria to know. Cameron has done an excellent job of portraying children's fears and their desire to hide them. In both stories, the authors have dealt effectively and positively with children in difficult situations, but who have the support of caring adults. Two superb choices for readers going from easy readers to chapter books. Zenata W. Pierre, Portland Public Schools, Oreg. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.