The Battle of Darcy Lane is seriously great! Altebrando has written the story of Julia’s friendship woes in a way that feels familiar, an echo of something that might have happened to the reader in real life. The potent combination of being a fun summer book and the reader’s probable identification with Julia and her story really made this one a totally awesome read.
At its core, The Battle of Darcy Lane is about friendship. Taylor and Julia are neighbors and BFFs, and they’ve pretty much decided to spend most of the summer together having fun. Everything changes though when a new girl – Alyssa – moves into their neighborhood. Immediately, Taylor is drawn to her and all the new entertainment and hobbies that Alyssa offers. She winds up buddying up with Alyssa, ditching Julia, who is left to deal with what’s left of their so-called friendship.
Altebrando clearly knows a thing or two about friendships. The hurt, anger and jealousy Julia feels at different points in this story are very valid and real reactions to how Taylor and Alyssa are treating her. I’ve been in the same bind as Julia before, and it’s so, so difficult! I was really feeling the same hurt as Julia when she gets ditched (and more than once!), but I do love how she eventually found her footing (and a solid friendship in a certain boy neighbor…).
The focus on friendship was definitely a major highlight, but there were other things to love about The Battle of Darcy Lane. I loved that Julia’s parents were involved in the story, clearly caring about Julia and what was going on with her. I loved the fact that it was all set in a neighborhood, which reminded me of my early childhood days in the US. I loved Peter, Julia’s neighbor and friend, with whom she shares a special set of moments. I loved Russia, the ball game that Alyssa introduces in this novel, and how the finished copy I own included instructions on how to play.
Basically, I really enjoyed The Battle of Darcy Lane. It was fun and heartwarming, and happened to be relatable as well! Even though it’s meant for younger readers, there’s not a doubt in my mind that it could appeal to older readers too.
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The essence of summer, adolescence, and change are captured in Tara Altebrando's first middle-grade novel. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
Â Altebrando brings rich, realistic depth to all of her characters... It's a smart, sensitive portrait of an age when change is in the air, for better or worse."Â Publishers WeeklyÂ Altebrando's clear, intelligent writing captures the sweet details that comprise Julia's everyday lifeÂ charming and authentic".Â School Library Journal"This quietly empowering story... is a refreshingly honest take on bullying. Julia is a flawed but earnest girl, and she learns how deal with mean girls at her own pace and with cheer-worthy dignity. Readers searching for something similar to Beverly Cleary or Judy Blume should look no further."Â BooklistÂ This book would be a safe read for girls on the verge of adolescence or struggling with friendships, and would be a good addition to an elementary library or for young middle school readers."Â VOYAÂ Sweet humor, deftly written characters, and a realistic plot make this a great story that is perfect for an upper grade read-aloud."Â Children's Literature --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B06XQ1B88R
- Publisher : Running Press Kids (22 April 2014)
- Language : English
- File size : 4180 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 210 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0762449489
- Best Sellers Rank: 1,095,539 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The Battle of Darcy Lane is seriously great! Altebrando has written the story of Julia’s friendship ...Reviewed in the United States on 21 March 2015
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Great bookReviewed in the United States on 7 July 2016
This is a good book to read over the summer for a teen girl. I read it for school (for my summer reading project) and breezed right through it. It was so fun to read... the story line of this book is something all teen girls can relate to. If you have a teen girl or you are one I totally recommend this book.
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Awesome read for a pre-teenReviewed in the United States on 24 August 2019
My daughter loves this book. She wants to be a writer and this book, in her words, is a huge inspiration . Well done Tara!
Just say no to the mean girls :)Reviewed in the United States on 22 August 2014
This is a great book for young girls to read. My 7 year old daughter and I read it together. It really helped her open up about some mean girl issues at her school that had really upset her. I have recommended it to a lot of friends with young girls, navigating the challenges of the catty girl clubs.
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