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Short – tekijä: Holly Goldberg Sloan
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Short (vuoden 2018 painos)

– tekijä: Holly Goldberg Sloan (Tekijä)

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"Very short for her age, Julia grows into her sense of self while playing a munchkin in a summer regional theater production of The Wizard of Oz"--
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Teoksen nimi:Short
Kirjailijat:Holly Goldberg Sloan (Tekijä)
Info:Puffin Books (2018), Edition: Reprint, 336 pages
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children's fiction; middle-grade and younger (Julia is maybe in 4th or 5th grade, but kids could probably identify her as young as 2nd or 3rd grade). Diversity notes: people with dwarfism; a good number of people with different skin colors and names reflecting non-white heritage. I loved spending time with these characters, almost read this in one sitting, and laughed aloud many times. I had great expectations for this book just from the name of the author (I would recommend anything by Holly Goldberg Sloan, even without having read it first), and was not disappointed in the least. Lots of laughs, tons of heart, a hefty dose of stage magic, and a very satisfying story. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
Very funny and touching book about finding your passion and growing up. I laughed out loud in many places. The author has a great way with humor! ( )
  Jeanene_KP | Apr 6, 2020 |
The main character Julia Marks is the shortest person in her family and feels she is not good at anything. That all changes when she meets a women with dwarfism and realizes she is good enough for anything. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars because I could not see myself using it in a math classroom. Short is a great story and encourages students that they can do anything no matter who they are. ( )
  Djm065 | Apr 5, 2020 |
Short, by Holly Goldberg Sloan, was an awesome book! When Julia, a shorter than average girl, looses her favorite dog Ramon, she doesn't know what she will do over the summer. She decides that she will never say the word ‘short’, she will scrapbook, and she will mourn over her loss. When her mom says that famous director, Sean Barr, is coming to direct a production of The Wizard of Oz, she doesn’t think that it is a good idea. She does try out though, and all of a sudden, she is at her first rehearsal as a munchkin! She meets Olive, a little person, and they become close friends, because they can relate with being short! She also meets Mrs. Chang who makes her munchkin costume. When Sean Barr falls and hurts himself, she visits him and he gives her some words of advice. He is back soon, and they prepare for opening night. Then, Sean Barr decides to have Olive and Julia be winged monkeys! Mrs. Chang says that she can help, but she wants to be a winged monkey as well! Then, there is drama with the guy who does the ropes with Olive, and the actress of Dorothy! Finally, the cast gets to perform on live stage. Can they do it?

Short was a very good book. I enjoyed it because it was told from Julia’s point of view and wasn’t told from the author’s point of view. I also liked it because Julia had gone through something hard, and was trying to get over it. I know exactly how she feels, so it was nice to relate. Lastly, I liked Short because Julia was a kid and she was interacting with adults and was noticing the things that they did and tried to act more like them. They acted as examples for her and she learned from them. Though Julia did act annoying throughout the book, I think that it was what made her, her. She stood out in my mind and was different from the rest of the cast. Short is a very good book and I would advise it! ( )
  HShaha.ELA3 | Oct 21, 2019 |
One of the things I regretted last summer was that I wasn't more in touch with the books selected for the Summer Reading program. So I decided as soon as the list was given to us that I would read as many books as I could so that I'd be better prepared for recommending them to our patrons. This is why I picked up Short by Holly Goldberg Sloan. The story is told through the eyes of Lydia, an 11-year old girl, who is super sensitive about her height...until she is chosen to be a Munchkin and Winged Monkey in her town's production of The Wizard of Oz where it suddenly becomes an advantage. She discovers that her height is just a small (no pun intended) part of her. She makes friends with a fellow cast member named Olive who is herself a dwarf as well as an older neighbor named Mrs. Chang who turns out to have many years of experience with the theater and costume making. My favorite part about this book was the main character, Lydia, who was absolutely hysterical.

An example from page 26-7 as she describes the director of the play she's performing in:
He is for sure older than my parents, who are old, because they are forty-two and forty-four. He might be super-super-super-old. Is he fifty-five? I have no idea.

Sloan totally gets the 'voice' of a child. They have zero concept of age (I've been told I'm 84 so I know from experience) and they also have zero reason to lie to you. Lydia is a well-rounded character who not only makes hilarious asides but also conveys depth of feeling.

When confronted with an awkward conversation about death:
My voice is small. I whisper, "Life is a cabaret." I don't even know what this means, but I heard Shawn Barr say it to Mrs. Chang a few days ago and they both laughed. It works, because she smiles. I'm guessing a cabaret is a kind of wine. I hope she'll have a tall glass. - pg 240

Overall, this was a delightful little read and I've been more than happy to recommend it to the children and parents at my library. If you're a fan of the theater or looking for a book full of heart (or both) well I think you've found your book match. ;-)

A/N: If you're triggered by repeated mentions of pet death then don't come near this book. It's not a spoiler to tell you this is a running theme throughout the book beginning in the first couple of pages. Grief is a large theme explored in this book but I didn't find it as compelling as the self-discovery/acceptance experienced by Lydia. ( )
  AliceaP | Jun 29, 2018 |
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