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I’m so excited about the many upcoming releases for my fellow Class of 2k7 members! It’s gonna be one busy spring. 😉

Congratulations to Julie Bowe for the April 1st release of her mid-grade novel, MY LAST BEST FRIEND!


As Ida May begins fourth grade, she is determined never to make another best friend–because her last best friend moved away. This is a doable plan at first. Thanks to bratty, bossy Jenna Drews who hates Ida, no one in class has ever really noticed her before.

It’s when the sparkly Stacey Merriweather comes to her school that her plan goes awry. Ida reaches out despite her fear, but doesn’t say hello—instead she writes Stacey anonymous notes. Soon their friendship develops without Ida ever having to reveal her real identity. Until she has no choice. And that’s when the true friendship begins.

Debut author Julie Bowe tells a charming story that will win the heart of any girl who’s faced her fear sideways.

…Ida’s humorous outlook is engaging, and the situation is realistic… Ida’s cleverness and wit in coping with day-to-day problems will certainly appeal. A good selection for reluctant readers as well as those adjusting to the pressures of growing up. (Kirkus Reviews)

Sounds great, Julie, congratulations! I wish all the best. Julie will also be joining us tomorrow in the Shop Talk Tuesday!

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