The Summer Before Boys Reviews
"The intimate tone and absent-mother theme found in several of Baskin's previous books...echo in this coming-of-age novel about the growing pains endured by Julia, the daughter of an American soldier." - Publishers Weekly
"Baskin perfectly captures friendship among girls on the edge of puberty, especially the way big dramas work out in small moments...A poignant story of children on the homefront and the ways that a first love can break up longtime friendships and change things forever." - Booklist
"Starred Review. Baskin adeptly portrays Julias ambivalence and anxiety in this thoughtful tale that artfully brings the war to the homefront." - Kirkus Reviews
"[C]ombining the discovery of the opposite sex with serious concerns about war, compounded by the unusual family dynamics, makes the book feel unfocused and less than satisfying." - School Library Journal
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