The Summer Before Boys

The Summer Before Boys Julia and Eliza are best friends Julia s mother is serving in the National Guard in Iraq and Julia spends all of her time trying not to think about what could happen So the girls lose themselves in t

  • Title: The Summer Before Boys
  • Author: Nora Raleigh Baskin
  • ISBN: 9781416986737
  • Page: 213
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Julia and Eliza are best friends Julia s mother is serving in the National Guard in Iraq, and Julia spends all of her time trying not to think about what could happen So the girls lose themselves in their summer, hanging out at the resort where Eliza s father works But when they meet a new boy, neither of them is prepared for how it impacts their friendship, and Julia hJulia and Eliza are best friends Julia s mother is serving in the National Guard in Iraq, and Julia spends all of her time trying not to think about what could happen So the girls lose themselves in their summer, hanging out at the resort where Eliza s father works But when they meet a new boy, neither of them is prepared for how it impacts their friendship, and Julia has to cope with the possibility of being separated from yet another person she loves Award winner Nora Raleigh Baskin delivers a poignant look at the way a first crush can come between best friends and the importance of not rushing to grow up.

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  • Nora Raleigh Baskin

    I am seriously an open book I ve been writing semi autiobiographical fiction since I was in 6th grade 1972 then, in 2001, Little, Brown published my first middle grade novel, about my life in 6th grade titled What Every Girl except me Knows Sixteen years and thirteen books later, that still, pretty much sums things up.


  • Rrating Clarification: 2.5The Summer Before Boys is a pretty short and very sweet story about a normal girl, Julia, who's just beginning her early years as a teenager and whose mother is serving in the National Guard, away from home, in Iraq, a country were soldiers (and civilians too) die too easily for Julia's liking.Julia has to go live at her sister's house for the whole summer because of her parents' jobs, but she certainly won't complain. With her niece (although she calls her cousin) Eliz [...]

  • "A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart, and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words." ―The Summer Before Boys, P. 158 Before reading Anything But Typical, I had little knowledge of Nora Raleigh Baskin's writing. I guess that I'd probably seen her name on a few books, but none of them had especially caught my attention until I began to hear the Newbery buzz generated by Anything But Typical. It was a book that I ended up reading mostly as an afterthought, just t [...]

  • The Summer Before Boys by Nora Raleigh Baskin is a whimsical and poignant (my overuse of this word is going to kill me but truly this is a poignant story) about two little girls on the verge of growing up and maturing, but at very different speeds.Synopsis: Julia and Eliza are best friends, spending the summer together. Julia's mother is serving in the National Guard and Julia spends all of her time trying not to think about what could happen. So the girls lose themselves in their summer, hangin [...]

  • Remember back when life was so much simpler? You didn't worry about whether you had bought the right brand/style/color/etc. of jeans/shoes/purse/etc. You didn't spend hours agonizing over whether your crush liked you back or even knew you existed. There was no boy drama, no friend drama, no clique drama There really wasn't any drama at all. It was just you and your best friend, living in a wonderful, magical world of your own making.Remember when that all changed?This is how it is for Julia and [...]

  • Baskin's book perfectly captures that transition from the make-believe of childhood to a growing awareness of one's self in the larger world. Julia and Eliza have been best friends for as long as they can remember, knowing each other well enough to disappear into their imaginary worlds in an instant. But the real world has become a lot harder to ignore since Julia's mom was deployed to Iraq. Now they have the whole summer to spend together, but Julia is finding it more and more difficult to lose [...]

  • Natalie SchneiderEnglish 9-2 ReviewPERSONAL RESPONSE: I thought, The Summer Before Boys, was a sweet, young love story. I wasn't too impressed with the book. I thought it was kind of boring at times. I could relate to the main character, Julia, though. In comparison to Julia, I didn't understand why I developed feelings for a boy, and how that could affect an important friendship. PLOT: Julia and Eliza were best friends. They spent their whole lives together, all 12 years to be exact. One summer [...]

  • I thought this story was very nostalgic, but it may be hard for a child to follow. There are a few different story lines. It often switches from what the girls are pretending to what is currently happening without warning. A lot of the references would have no meaning to a child today (cabbage patch dolls, beanie babies, etc). This story is about Julia and Eliza, best friends and also family. Julia is technically Eliza’s niece, but they are the same age so they call each other cousins. Julie i [...]

  • Reading Level: Grades 4-7Julia and Eliza are best friends. They are also family. Even though they are the same age, Julia is Eliza's aunt. Of course, Eliza doesn't call her best friend "Aunt Julia" but stilley are more tied together in ways most friends are. That was never a problemuntil the summer they turned twelveEliza still likes to pretend, just the way she and Julia have done all their lives. But Julia finds it harder and harder to enter that make-believe world. There are too many distract [...]

  • The Summer before boys by Nora Baskin is about a young girl named Julia. This year she is spending her whole summer with her best friend Eliza, while her mother is serving in the National Guard. Julia has always hung out with Eliza, but this year it was different because they had many more privileges. They took many journeys with each other including the one time she met Michael; which ended up being her first real crush. Throughout the summer Julia becomes more interested on what Michael is doi [...]

  • Julia and Eliza have been best friends for forever. Oddly enough, they are also aunt and niece even though they are the same age. When Julia's mom is sent to serve in Iraq, she goes to live with Eliza for the summer. Both girls are really excited about this prospect as they always have fun playing imagination games together and just hanging out. But Julia's worry about her mom and the girls changing interests make this summer very different for them.I really didn't think the games they played se [...]

  • The Summer before boys captures perfectly the awkwardness and transition of age 12 to 13. It had a real childlike quality to it, and I really enjoyed reading it.It's short, and I'm not sure if it's classified as MG or not, but it's very clean. It does have some darker (not extremely dark, but) issues. It's the first book I've read where a mom is in Iraq. She's dealing with this in the whole book, and I think that it's a noble and needed thing to talk about in contemps. (maybe dark isn't right wo [...]

  • Nora Baskin beautifully handles that tender time in a girl's life when she is still playing with dolls but begins to be attracted to boys. Julia and Eliza's close relationship is realistically drawn. The subplot involving Julia and Peter's parents serving in Iraq sets this novel in time and provides a view of the stress that this creates in their families. I was disappointed to see a grammatical mistake on p. 54 where the word lay is mistakenly used rather than lie. It's a common mistake but I h [...]

  • With all my heart, I wanted to give this book 5 stars. I'm not particularly sure why I didn't fall completely in love with this story, but I didn't. I liked it a a lot, but I didn't love it.One thing I did like and hate, was the fact that this was written from the perspective of the boy-crazy and faster maturing girl. Usually these kinds of stories are written from the girl who is lagging behind. Yet, I think this is also why I didn't fall completely in love with it-- I was always the friend of [...]

  • I think this wass a good romance/fiction/dramatic book. The book takes place in the summer of 2004 throught the winter of 2005. The setting is around a hotel. The Julia and eliza remind me of my sister and I. except we are two years apart. Julia and Eliza do almost everything together. When you read the book and you acually get the feeling you can picture the story and feel like you are there. The book is very detailed. I do like the athor's wrting stlye. the book is easy to read and relaxing. I [...]

  • children's fiction/middle-grade. Meh. The writing is good but the story uninteresting. Julia is 12 years old, has a mom fighting in Iraq, likes to pretend with her friend that they live in the olden dys (with corsets and pantaloons and such) and is starting to think about boys. Baskin may have perfectly captured this time in a girl's life, but it's not something I care to read about; the parts about her missing her mom are touching, but there isn't enough here to carry the story. Not really a Ne [...]

  • It is rare to find a book that is so solidly representative of the shift from child to tween. In this story, you can almost sense the hormonal change that shifts one girl away from her best friend and into the myopic realm of worrying only about what boys may think of her. There are elements that are not as strong, such as the subplot about her mother on military duty in Iraq. Yet, this book does such of good job of putting the reader in the bewildering shift away from childhood, that those othe [...]

  • I thought that the book The Summer Before Boys was a really good book. I liked the parts when you could not put the book down because you wanted to keep reading. For example when they could not find Eliza and they all went out looking for her to see where she was. I also like the parts when they were talking about her mom and that she missed her and wanted her to come home. Overall I thought this book was well written and had a lot of details.

  • Author Baskin totally nailed the crux of childhood/adolescence. The crazy time when it just clicks on at 12 or 13 and you do want to see the cute boy who caught your eye on the bus, and you don't care if that means you dump your best friend in the world to meet him. She sets this in a wonderful summer hotel world that has it's own amazing appeal and adds tension with a mom serving in Iraq. A terrific book for 6th/7th grade girls.

  • It was really good because you have to keep track of everything you also have to pay attention.But the book is about How Julia and Eliza are best friends and family also.Julia stays over at Eliza house and they meet Michal. Then Julia gets a phone, and they go on a trail. Then something happensJulia is so scaredR THE REST READ IT! It is really good!

  • i think this book is really awesome. it can tell us what could happen to most friendships. trust me i have seen it before. i would want to read it for ever but i do always want to read new books too.

  • For a short book, it really had an important message to it. It follows the trail of two life long best friends during the summer. Julia's mom is deployed in Iraq and she's waiting for her mom to come home. Julia is spending the summer with Eliza (best friend). It goes from two different time points basically, since its written from Julia's point of view. I really love the message this book coveys, which is, best friends are forever and everything will be okay. If any children's parents are deplo [...]

  • While volunteering at the library in the J. Fiction area I saw this book and the title piqued my interest. It was a quick read about a coming of age young lady named Julia whose mother was sent to Iraq and Julia was sent to stay with her aunt, uncle and cousin and best friend, Eliza. The story tells about Julia's worries about her mother, her friendship with Eliza, and her first crush and kiss. I felt it could have gone deeper into each of those but the reader does get a small view about each an [...]

  • I really, really liked Anything But Typical, so I expected to like this book, but I didn't as much. It just . . . hurt to read. So much discomfort, so much expectation, so much waiting for the inevitable bad thing to happen and so little recovery from it. I think it was well written, though, and I've bumped its rating up to three stars because I think it's quality, even though I personally didn't particularly enjoy reading it. At least it has a happy ending!

  • I checked off the contemporary shelf, but it is such a lovely quiet book about growing up and friendship that it has an old-fashioned sensibility (in a very good Anne of Green Gables sort of way) despite its very up to date, mother off to the Iraq war theme. I really enjoyed this book!First line: "My Aunt Louisa, who is really my sister, snored like a machine with a broken part, a broken part that kept cycling around in a shuddering, sputtering rhythm."

  • This review originally appeared here at BookaliciousThe Summer Before Boys by Nora Raleigh Baskin is a sweet and thoughtful story about the summer that everything in 12-year-old Julia’s life changes. Her mother, a nurse, is serving in Iraq, and Julia is counting down the days, fingers crossed, until she comes home. The Summer Before Boys is a quiet, personal look at what life is like at home for the children of deployed military personnel.Nora Raleigh Baskin has written a story that is certain [...]

  • It is 2004, Julia is 12 years old, and she is spending the summer with her much older sister, whose 12-year-old daughter, Eliza, is Julia's best friend. Julia's mother is a nurse in the National Guard, and she has been deployed to Iraq, so Julia spends much of her time missing her, and worrying about her safety. She also struggles with her changing friendship with Eliza. The girls once shared a wonderful world of make-believe, but, as she gets older, Julia finds it more and more difficult to pre [...]

  • The Summer Before Boys is a coming of age story set against the backdrop of the war in Iraq. Julia's mom has been in Iraq for the past nine and a half months. Because of this and her father's job, Julia is spending the summer with her sister, brother-in-law, and niece, Eliza. Julia and Eliza are the same age and best friends - inseparable. They spend most of their time at the resort where Eliza's father works wandering the hiking trails, trying to sneak into tea, playing Lester and Lynette, and [...]

  • The Summer Before Boys was a couple stories in one. The first deals with the that time in life where we begin to lose our youth and become interested in things like boys. The other story is about the sacrifices that member of our Armed Forces and their families make during times of war and deployments. Both stories are intertwined in a simple and beautiful manner.Julia and Eliza are best friends and relatives. They love to read and pretend. They read the classics- Little Women and Little House O [...]

  • Julia and Eliza are best friends. Technically, Julia is Eliza’s aunt, but since they’re practically the same age, they just tell everyone that they’re cousins. This summer, Julia’s mother is serving in the National Guard and her father is too busy with his job, so Julia gets to stay with her Aunt (technically sister) and Eliza. And at first it’s great. Spending time with Eliza at the resort just up the hill is the perfect way to distract Julia from her worries about her mother’s safe [...]

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