Short

Last updated date: June 11, 2019

DWYM Score
8.1

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We looked at the top 1 Short Books and dug through the reviews from 3 of the most popular review sites including Good Reads, Library Thing, Kids Reads and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Short Book you should buy.

Overall Take

In our analysis of 34 expert reviews, the Puffin Books Puffin Books Short placed 9th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
7.5
3 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.3
49 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
I liked this book! It was a sweet story of Julia and the summer she spends playing a Munchkin in her town's production of The Wizard of Oz. There were some very funny moments and observations made by Julia and overall, it was a good story.
- Good Reads
The interesting characters who Julia meets and the influence they have over who she becomes are what make this book a true Sloan masterpiece.
- Kids Reads
What experts didn't like
I liked this book better when I started reading it than when it ended. After the middle, this book started to drag a lot for me, and I found myself forcing myself to see it through.
- Good Reads
This book didn't do it for me. There are fantastic messages about working hard at whatever you do and making the best with what you have, but I found the main character to be very annoying. The plot was constantly interrupted by her digressive thinking. To make it worse, it wasn't realistic thinking. I found myself continually asking, "What 12-year-old acts and thinks like this?" Nothing turns me off faster than a character that doesn't feel real. It's worse than a bad plot. Can't say whether upper elementary kids would enjoy this book, but I wouldn't chance it.
- Library Thing

From The Manufacturer

Holly Goldberg Sloan was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and spent her childhood living in Holland; Istanbul, Turkey; Washington, D.C.; Berkeley, California; and Eugene, Oregon. After graduating from Wellesley College, she began writing family feature films, including Angels in the Outfield and Made in America. Her first middle-grade novel, Counting by 7s, is a New York Times bestseller. Holly lives with her husband in Santa Monica, California.

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