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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Holly Goldberg Sloan Narrator: Tara Sands Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2017 ISBN: 9781524750299
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In this heartwarming, funny middle-grade novel by the bestselling author of Counting by 7s, Julia grows into herself while playing a Munchkin in a production of 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 will 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.

Julia becomes friendly with the poised and wise Olive, one of the adults with dwarfism who have joined the production’s motley crew of Munchkins. 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, while emphasizing the importance of role models, this is an irresistible story of self-discovery.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Julia…is very funny as she resists every new opportunity (lead munchkin dancer; second string winged monkey) and then decides she loves it once she tries it…Theater kids and fans of Tim Federle’s ‘Nate’ books will love this.”

    School Library Journal

  • Skilled at creating sympathetic and utterly charming young characters…Sloan manages to deftly weave in tough topics like grief and identity with both the same humor and tenderness that made Counting by 7s such a hit.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • Short joins other middle-grade novels…in celebrating the transcendent power of theater for kids.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Narrator Tara Sands has Julia’s precocious-little-girl voice down pat. Sands also makes quick and smooth transitions to suit Julia’s mercurial moods…Sands also creates believable adults in director Shawn Barr and Olive, an adult ‘little person’ who shows Julia that there’s more to people than their size.”

    AudioFile

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About the Author

Holly Goldberg Sloan graduated from Wellesley College, worked as an advertising copywriter, and then began to write and direct family-feature films, including Angels in the Outfield and Made in America. Counting by 7s, her first middle-grade novel, was a New York Times bestseller.

About the Narrator

Tara Sands is an American actress, television host, and voice talent who has won nine AudioFile Earphones Awards for narration. She is well known as the voice of Anna Kyoyama in Shaman King, Mokuba Kaiba in the English adaptation of the second series Yu-Gi-Oh! anime, as well as Chase on Fighting Foodons. Born in Hartford, Connecticut, and raised in New Jersey, She studied theater at Hofstra University and has had a steady stream of voice acting work since high school. Much of her work is in anime dubbing, with multiple roles in such franchises as Slayers and Pokémon. She has also narrated numerous audiobooks, including Wendelin Van Draanen’s Sammy Keyes series and Ellen Potter’s Olivia Kidney series. In addition to providing voiceovers, she has appeared on-camera in commercials, including as the ‘Office Cheerleader’ in a series for Lipton’s Cup-a-Soup and television series, including, Everybody Hates Chris. She is also a successful television host whose credits include: Cartoon Network’s weekly block, Fridays and major red carpet premieres.