Now that Julia Gillian is a middle school "Sixlet" (sixth-grader), life is fundamentally altered. She must contend with schoolwork that involves "controlling for variables," a steely reading buddy who hates to read, and mortal fear of the burly "Sevvies" and "Crazy Eights" in the upper grades. Worse than all of this, Julia Gillian's beloved dog, Bigfoot, is slowing down, which makes her cozy, predictable world feel out of control.
Fortunately, Julia Gillian's friends and family help her see that only by facing tough times can we discover what it truly means to be human.close this panel
Alison McGhee is the author of numerous award—winning books for young readers and adults, including Snap, All Rivers Flow to the Sea, and the New York Times bestseller Someday, illustrated by Peter Reynolds. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with her family.
Drazen Kozjan is the illustrator of several books for children including Diary of a Fairy Godmother by Esmé Raji Codell, and How to Tame a Bully by Nancy Wilcox Richards. He lives in Ontario, Canada, with his family.close this panel
Praise for Julia Gillian (and the Dream of the Dog)
"Told with an engaging rhythm and quiet humor." —School Library Journal, starred reviewclose this panel