Julep O'Toole: Confessions of a Middle Child

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Julep O’Toole, an endearing and hilarious 11-year-old middle child, is invisible. At least, that’s what she thinks. Her older sister, Harmony, is Miss Perfect, and her younger brother, Cooper, gets lots of attention because of his asthma and allergies. And Julep is stuck in the middle—hidden. But miracles do happen, and one day, the most popular girl at school invites Julep to a Halloween party. Could it be that someone important finally notices her?! Then a life-or-death situation causes Julep to choose between the girl she wants to be and the person others need her to be. Will Julep get her chance to shine or will she forever be Invisible Girl?

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Trudi Trueit lives with her husband in Seattle, Washington.

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Grade 4-6–With an older sister who appears to be perfect and a younger brother who is highly asthmatic and spoiled, 11-year-old Julep feels invisible. She is absorbed in the ordinary trials of life, wishing to be popular, agonizing over what to wear for her school picture, hating her red hair and freckles, and resentful at having to look out for her brother. The low point of her existence is when she suddenly throws up in gym class with all eyes on her. Her priorities and her sense of self-worth, however, take a dramatic turn when her parents are away and she must take charge when her brother has a severe asthma attack. Julep comes across as imaginative, real, and often funny. Her concern over being a middle child, however, borders on obsession; the text mentions it repeatedly throughout. Still, readers who also feel unappreciated, or who can overlook this element, will enjoy the realistic school and family dynamics and will identify with her everychild concerns. Lightweight, with a rather standard plot, this is still fun and will serve a purpose in collections needing to balance the many novels filled with loss and grief.–Faith Brautigam, Gail Borden Public Library, Elgin, IL
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