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Julia Gillian (and the Quest for Joy)

Julia Gillian (and the Quest for Joy) Canadian Title

By Alison McGhee   Illustrated by Drazen Kozjan   

Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9780545033527 Paperback
320 Pages | 5.28" x 7.6" | Ages 9 to 12

Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9780545033503 Hardcover
320 Pages | 5.7" x 7.8" | Ages 9 to 12

A new school year has started for Julia Gillian, and so far, it's not going very well. Her best friend, Bonwit Kellar, doesn't seem to want to be her best friend anymore. Learning to play trumpet, once Julia Gillian's heart's desire, is much more difficult than it looks. And the school has hired an interim lunch monitor, the all-too-strict Mr. Wintz. As Julia Gillian's music teacher would say, "Where is the joy?". Thankfully, Julia Gillian soon learns that sharing problems is often the only way to solve them, and that life is only as complicated-or joyful-as we want it to be.

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Praise for Julia Gillian (and the Quest for Joy)

"[An]... affectionate, humorous portrayal." -The Horn Book

"Highly relatable." -Publishers Weekly