Author: Holly Goldberg Sloan
Recommended for: 5th grade and up
Call Number/Link: Short
Synopsis: Julia is very short for her age, but by the end of the summer run of The Wizard of Oz, she’ll 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’ve 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!
Okay, a book involving a short person and Wizard of Oz. How could I resist? This is another awesome book by Holly Sloan (Counting by Sevens). I’m usually a scifi/fantasy reader instead of sweet realistic fiction. But this is a book that’s sweet but not syrupy. It has a message but doesn’t beat you over the head with it. Fans of Smile, Out of My Mind and those type of books will love it.