The Summer Before Boys

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About The Book

“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.

About The Author
Photograph by Lisa Bevis

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 Ruby on the Outside. Nora lives with her family in Connecticut. Visit her at NoraBaskin.com.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (April 2012)
  • Length: 208 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781416986744
  • Grades: 4 - 7
  • Ages: 9 - 12

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Awards and Honors
  • Keystone to Reading Book Award Master List (PA)
  • South Dakota Young Adult Reading Program
  • Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year Selection Title
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