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It's 1974, and Julie Albright has just moved to a new neighborhood and started at a new school. So when she finds out the basketball team is "boys only," Julie is determined to fight for her right to play. Will a petition with 150 names be enough to make the coach change his mind and give her a chance?


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It's 1974, and Julie Albright has just moved to a new neighborhood and started at a new school. So when she finds out the basketball team is "boys only," Julie is determined to fight for her right to play. Will a petition with 150 names be enough to make the coach change his mind and give her a chance?

30 review for The Big Break: A Julie Classic Volume 1

  1. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca (whenallotherlightsgoout)

    The story was good but I'm not a huge fan of turning the original books into the Beforever format. The first two stories fit pretty seamlessly together, but the last story didn't really fit. Most of the historical note is gone too. There are literally only two pages in this book about the historical time. It really only talked about Title IV, but didn't include the real people in situation like Julie's as the original books did. And all the holiday information that relate to the last story wasn' The story was good but I'm not a huge fan of turning the original books into the Beforever format. The first two stories fit pretty seamlessly together, but the last story didn't really fit. Most of the historical note is gone too. There are literally only two pages in this book about the historical time. It really only talked about Title IV, but didn't include the real people in situation like Julie's as the original books did. And all the holiday information that relate to the last story wasn't included.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    I read this with my American Girl Book Club members and they gave it 4 stars, but I only gave it three. The story is compelling and for the most part well written. My issues with it mostly stem from the fact that it was originally published as three different books. The book felt like it ended about 2/3 of the way through. Then there is a whole sequence with Julie celebrating Chinese New Year with Ivy. The editor should have done a better job of fitting these stories together.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Azra Benić

    Really good book shows how the mind set for women was in 1974 and is really good

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    for work

  5. 4 out of 5

    SundayAtDusk

    Although I have seen some American Girl movies, which I mostly liked, this is the first American Girl book I have ever read. Author Meghan McDonald does a good job telling the story of Julie, who has to deal with moving, going to a new school, sex discrimination, and being a child of divorced parents. All the references to the 1970s seem pretty natural in the story, too. It’s not one of those “historical fiction” books where the author obviously has a long list of research notes about a time per Although I have seen some American Girl movies, which I mostly liked, this is the first American Girl book I have ever read. Author Meghan McDonald does a good job telling the story of Julie, who has to deal with moving, going to a new school, sex discrimination, and being a child of divorced parents. All the references to the 1970s seem pretty natural in the story, too. It’s not one of those “historical fiction” books where the author obviously has a long list of research notes about a time period, and then proceeds to cram in historical facts left and right, making them stick out like sore thumbs. What is wrong with this well-written story? Well, it’s not something that is actually wrong as it is unbelievable. At least it will be unbelievable to many children of divorce, particularly back in the 1970s. Julie’s parents get along so well in this story. There is no animosity whatsoever between them, no anger when Julie’s father misses events, no bad-mouthing, no serious complaints or concerns about money. In the 1970s, divorce was not yet that common, and there was not yet a great deal of parenting advice about helping children deal with divorce. Thus, many parents were mostly focused on their own feelings, not the feelings of their children, and many of those parents were angry or playing victim. In addition, the pet rabbit in the story is treated and behaved more like a stuffed animal. Julie has to leave her rabbit behind with her father, who is a busy airline pilot. Supposedly, Julie’s best friend Ivy will take care of the rabbit when he is off on flights. The rabbit, who once lived inside, is now put outside in a hutch. When Julie stays on the weekend, though, she brings the rabbit inside, and the rabbit apparently just sits in her favorite place--a laundry basket. Yeah, sure. That scenario is totally unrealistic, and Julie never expresses any real concern about the situation either. It’s like the entire story--everything will be okay and work out well. Oh my, now I don’t have all the positive feelings I had about American Girl stories before reading this book. (Note: I received a free copy of this book from Amazon Vine.)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Zoe

    This book is a really great kid's book. It follows the story of Julie growing up in the mid 1970s. Her parents have gotten divorced and she is moving to a new apartment with her mother and her older sister. Julie is worried about starting over at a new school and wants to keep in touch with her best friend Ivy. Julie finds it hard to balance living with her mom during the week and seeing her father on the weekends. Julie's sister does not want to join her at their father's on the weekend and Jul This book is a really great kid's book. It follows the story of Julie growing up in the mid 1970s. Her parents have gotten divorced and she is moving to a new apartment with her mother and her older sister. Julie is worried about starting over at a new school and wants to keep in touch with her best friend Ivy. Julie finds it hard to balance living with her mom during the week and seeing her father on the weekends. Julie's sister does not want to join her at their father's on the weekend and Julie does not understand why her sister is so angry. This book would have really helped me as a child. I think it is a really great read for any kid who is going through or has already experienced divorce.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    An expanded version of the original first Julie book, The Big Break is all about the 1974 American Girl doll. The story is well-written and has lots of little callouts to the time period. The last couple pages give non-fiction information about life as Julie would’ve experienced it and explains why certain things were included (like Julie struggling with her parents’ divorce and working to get on the boy’s basketball team at school). I recommend this book to kids who enjoy American Girl books. I An expanded version of the original first Julie book, The Big Break is all about the 1974 American Girl doll. The story is well-written and has lots of little callouts to the time period. The last couple pages give non-fiction information about life as Julie would’ve experienced it and explains why certain things were included (like Julie struggling with her parents’ divorce and working to get on the boy’s basketball team at school). I recommend this book to kids who enjoy American Girl books. It makes an excellent family read-aloud!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    My daughters have read all the AG books and this was my first one. I was pleasantly surprised. Maybe I just related...same name, same generation, divorced parents, California raised, I even did my 4th grade bio on the same person (Clara Barton). I thought this was well done and honestly looked at what it is like to be a child of divorce without being overly dramatic.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Amorette Novoa

    This book is really good it’s about this girl name Julie her parents are divorced and she goes to a new school has a basketball team where she loves basketball her life starts changing and now she is meeting a lot of new people and then Julie finally find her place in 1970‘s San Francisco if you like stories that are non-fiction

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ansley

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. It was a really good book I definitely recommend it. It has a section at the end talking about what it was like when Julie was growing up so it's even a bit educational. I loved it and American Girl Doll books aren't even my thing.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Amber

    Slow but my 5 year old loved it

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sophia

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. i love this book Julie faces her fears and talks about her parents divorce!!!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lexyen

    This is a really great book, that shows if you believe in yourself that you can do anything.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Super Good!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    Of course everything American Girl touches turns to gold right? Pretty much! As a fan of the dolls and the delight they bring to me and my daughter, I was overjoyed when I was recently given a Julie doll as a gift. With it came this book and I immediately read it so that I could appreciate the story of the doll even more. When I brought the book out to my daughter to read she said "Mom, you read it all last night?" The book is a short read and touches upon life in the 1970's when I was a little Of course everything American Girl touches turns to gold right? Pretty much! As a fan of the dolls and the delight they bring to me and my daughter, I was overjoyed when I was recently given a Julie doll as a gift. With it came this book and I immediately read it so that I could appreciate the story of the doll even more. When I brought the book out to my daughter to read she said "Mom, you read it all last night?" The book is a short read and touches upon life in the 1970's when I was a little girl. Also, Julie is the first character (not sure if there have been other dolls since) where she has to deal with the divorce of her parents. I liked that the author touched on hardships that girls of all walks of life experience.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Bella

    This is not the best Beforever book, but it's okay. I like that Julie stands up for herself. She is a great role model to young girls who want to do something they can't. I like that Julie tries something new. Julie is a young girl who loves Basketball. When she moves she gets nervous. Soon she realizes that the school she is going to only has a boy Basketball team. Julie will have to fight to get on the Basketball team. Will she make it or not? Read the book to find out.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

    Great my My daughter loved this book she couldn't take her eyes off this great book five stars for sure

  18. 4 out of 5

    Glenna

  19. 5 out of 5

    Carri

  20. 4 out of 5

    Anna Sue

  21. 5 out of 5

    Riley

  22. 5 out of 5

    Deana

  23. 5 out of 5

    Cyndy Jackson

  24. 5 out of 5

    Autumne Hart

  25. 4 out of 5

    Molly

  26. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

  27. 4 out of 5

    Olia

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sofia Torricella

  29. 4 out of 5

    Nora

  30. 5 out of 5

    Julia

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