The Summer Before Boys

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Simon and Schuster, May 10, 2011 - Juvenile Fiction - 208 pages
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“Vivid and moving. I loved it.” —Rebecca Stead, Newbery-winning author of When You Reach Me

Julia and Eliza are best friends, so when Julia’s mom is sent to serve in Iraq, it makes perfect sense for her to spend the summer with Eliza and her parents. Any other time, Julia would be thrilled to be there. But on top of worrying about her mom, Julia develops her first real crush. The gap between Julia and Eliza keeps widening—until Eliza does something drastic to win back her best friend.

In her follow-up to the award-winning Anything But Typical, Nora Baskin Raleigh has written a powerful, touching story about friendship, first love, and how the people who are farthest away from us are sometimes the ones we need the most.
 

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User Review  - Bookswithbite - LibraryThing

I thought this was a great coming age story with lots of life lessons in it. Boys, school, family. Everything that you grow up with and come to learn. What I like most about this book was how it talk ... Read full review

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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 ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
9
Section 3
15
Section 4
19
Section 5
24
Section 6
31
Section 7
36
Section 8
40
Section 23
100
Section 24
103
Section 25
108
Section 26
112
Section 27
116
Section 28
120
Section 29
125
Section 30
131

Section 9
45
Section 10
50
Section 11
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Section 12
61
Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
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Section 16
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Section 17
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Section 18
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Section 19
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Section 20
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Section 21
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Section 22
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Section 31
134
Section 32
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Section 33
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Section 34
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Section 35
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Section 36
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Section 37
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Section 38
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Section 39
171
Section 40
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Section 41
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Section 42
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Section 43
191
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About the author (2011)

Nora Raleigh Baskin is the ALA Schneider Family Book Award–winning author of Anything But Typical. She was chosen as a Publishers Weekly Flying Start for her novel What Every Girl (Except Me) Knows, and has since written a number of novels for middle graders and teens, including The Truth About My Bat Mitzvah, The Summer Before Boys, and Runt. Nora lives with her family in Connecticut. Visit her at NoraBaskin.com.

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