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In this heartwarming and funny middle-grade novel by the New York Times bestselling author of Counting by 7s, Julia grows into herself while playing a Munchkin in The Wizard of Oz Julia is very short for her age, but by the end of the summer run of The Wizard of Oz, she'll realize how big she is inside, where it counts. She hasn't ever thought of herself as a performer, but when the wonderful director of Oz casts her as a Munchkin, she begins to see herself in a new way. As Julia becomes friendly with the poised and wise Olive-one of the adults with dwarfism who've joined the production's motley crew of Munchkins-and with her deeply artistic neighbor, Mrs. Chang, Julia's own sense of self as an artist grows. Soon, she doesn't want to fade into the background-and it's a good thing, because her director has more big plans for Julia! Bubbling over with humor and tenderness, this is an irresistible story of self-discovery and of the role models who forever change us.
Publisher: New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, [2017]
ISBN: 9780399186233
Characteristics: 1 online resource (296 pages)


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ArapahoeMarcia Feb 20, 2019

I highly recommend this heartwarming story about Julia, who blossoms one summer while rehearsing for the Wizard of Oz. Full of memorable characters.

Dec 13, 2018

The story has a lot of good bits and observations from Julia. The characters compliment this great story about both the theater and memories. However, the ending left something to be desired. Youv'e just been whacked.

IndyPL_SteveB Nov 14, 2018

A short girl with low self-confidence gets talked into being a Munchkin in a community semi-professional theatre production of *The Wizard of Oz*. But it’s better than that. Julia Marks Her elderly dog died recently and she has been mourning. She’s not gifted in school and has no direction. But her singing younger brother wants to try out for the musical and her mother talks her into trying out, too. Of course she is cast as a Munchkin which just sounds humiliating to her – until she finds a mentor – Olive – who is an adult true dwarf with acting experience.

Part of the treat is watching Julia paying real attention to adults for the first time and starting to understand what she might become as she changes into something beyond a child. The other treat is the magic of the theatre, with all of the dramatic ups and downs, on-stage and off, portrayed by a writer who has obviously been a part of it. *Short* is lots of fun, with good insights into theatre and into life – which is really a lot like theatre anyway.

dcl_jessica Jan 09, 2018

It's summer break and Julia is not known for being very productive with her free time. To promote summer involvement and help Julia work through her grief from the recent death of her beloved dog, her mom encourages Julia and her younger brother, Randy, to try out for a local production of the Wizard of Oz. Both Julia and Randy are cast as Munchkins. While most of the Munchkins are younger children, Julia is selected because she is very short for her age. However, she doesn't like the word short.

Set over the course of a summer, this book has a cast of unforgettable characters including:
Sean Barr - the eccentric and aging director who suffers a fall at one of the first practices and has to be carried to practice on a board after that because the show must go on.
Mrs. Chang - Julia's 76 year old neighbor who was a prima ballerina and fashion designer in her youth. She becomes involved as a costumer for the Wizard of Oz, but she doesn't want to be paid. She only wants the chance to be a flying monkey.
Olive - a local adult who is also cast as a Munchkin because of her short stature. Olive is wise and kind, and Julia embraces her as a mentor.

Jan 09, 2018

Fun book about Julia who had specific plans for her summer that totally changed when her mother has her try out for the local play, "The Wizard of Oz" and she's cast as a munchkin. She meets inspiring, quirky people and learns that she has more to offer than she ever realized!

May 02, 2017

I have heard nothing by praise for Holly Goldberg Solan’s Counting by 7s, and it’s a book I’ve been meaning to get to (and will, I hope!). Short is her latest effort, and it’s a pretty endearing little story of life, death, and friendship. In fact, I love the dual meaning of the title given that this book refers to life being “too short” and that Julia is in fact “short.”

Julia’s narrative is absolutely infectious. She’s curious, endearing, kind and understanding. Julia wants to know anything and everything, and it’s so apparent in the story to the reader that she is nothing if not filled with good intentions. There’s a lot of beauty in the way in which she understands the world around her. Julia’s loss of her beloved dog, Ramon, causes her to feel so much sadness, but in her sadness you see a beautiful young woman developing understanding, especially when it comes to Olive, another Munchkin in the production of Wizard of Oz who has dwarfism. Their interactions in the story were easily the bits of the novel that stole the spotlight.

Actually, Julia’s interactions with other characters just felt very genuine and spot on. I loved reading her relationship with Mrs. Chang, especially towards the end of the novel when Julia realizes that they share something in common. I also loved the way Goldberg Sloan integrated The Wizard of Oz into the story, adding such a larger, more important message about life being what you make of it, but you can’t turn back — you can only go forward. This is a huge lesson for Julia throughout the story, and how this gets tied into Oz is really special.

This book is adorable, and oh so cute. It will make you laugh, smile, cry, and it’s simply full of feeling. The book understands how children feel when dealing with loss, and I feel like Julia’s portrayal is very realistic. While I didn’t always enjoy being trapped in Julia’s head, I always appreciated her sentiments towards others. Short is one of the sweetest little middle grade reads that has a huge heart.

A charming novel about being in a quality theatre production. You feel you are a part of the ensemble, getting to know the characters and enjoying the humor of the lessons they learn. Recommended for upper elementary kids interested in acting.
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ArapahoeStaff2 Mar 20, 2017

For what this novel lacks in action, it makes up for in the characters and wit of the writing. The novel intricately follows Julia's inner monologue as she is thrown into a semi-professional production of the Wizard of Oz. Although the plot is rather subdued, Julia is witty, funny, introspective, and very self-aware. This is an enjoyable read from start to finish.

storytimekelly Feb 22, 2017

This book is a sweet delight! I fell in love with Julia -- a charming, earnest protagonist with a limited filter. "Short" is a thoughtful and humorous look at a moment in a child's life when she starts to see herself and the world around her with more mature eyes. I smiled, I laughed, and I even may have shed a tear at the end.


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