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Book Review

*Julia Gillian (and the Art of Knowing) by Alison McGhee has been reviewed by Focus on the Family’s marriage and parenting magazine.

Positive Elements

Spiritual Content

Sexual Content

Violent Content

Crude or Profane Language

Drug and Alcohol Content

Other Negative Elements

Conclusion

Pro-social Content

Objectionable Content

Summary Advisory

Plot Summary

Nine-year-old Julia Gillian's best friend is Bigfoot, her Saint Bernard. The two often go for walks around her neighborhood while Julia's parents study for their summer classes. Julia likes to keep a list of her accomplishments, but she hasn't been able to finish reading a book about a boy and his aging dog because she is afraid it will have an unhappy ending. Enzo, Julia's neighbor and baby-sitter, helps her conquer her fear, and Julia finishes the book.

Christian Beliefs

None

Other Belief Systems

Julia's family dines at a Vietnamese restaurant that has an altar with a Buddha figurine on it.

Authority Roles

Julia's parents are not always attentive because they are preoccupied with their schoolwork, and Julia is allowed to explore their nine-square-block neighborhood on her own. When Julia's mother and father realize Julia is feeling overlooked, they apologize for their actions and make plans to spend more time with her. Enzo is a perceptive, as well as consistent, figure in Julia's life, and she provides Julia with practical advice when Julia needs help.

Profanity/Violence

None

Kissing/Sex/Homosexuality

None

Discussion Topics

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Additional Comments/Notes

Illustrations - The illustrations of Julia's masks include a ghost and a vampire.

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Credits

Rating

Readability Age Range

9 to 12

Author

Alison McGhee

Cast

Director

Distributor

Network

Performance

Record Label

Platform

Publisher

Scholastic Press

Released

On Video

Year Published

2009

Awards

Unknown

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