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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.”

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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

Rebekkah Ross is an actor, singer, writer, producer, and Earphones Award–winning narrator. She is a founding partner and artistic director of SparkPlug Productions, a non-profit multimedia production company. She is also a company member of Food for Thought Productions and has starred as Vanessa Fitzgerald in Handsome Town, an internet sitcom.