Julia Gillian (and the Dream of the Dog)

by Alison McGhee, Illustrated By Drazen Kozjan

Scholastic Press
May 2011

Ages 9 – 12 . Grades 4 – 7

Library of Congress: 2009027129

Lexile measure: 810L

DRA: 50

Guided Reading: U



Julia Gillian is a true dog person.

She likes all dogs, but she loves the Dog of her Dreams, Bigfoot, best of all. Julia Gillian and Bigfoot have grown up together and they can even understand each other's telepathically beamed thoughts. So when Bigfoot starts to slow down because he's getting old, Julia Gillian's world goes topsy-turvy and she does everything she can to keep him safe.

More than ever, Julia Gillian needs her friends and family to see her through the toughest time of her life.
Drazen Kozjan

Drazen Kojzan is the illustrator of several books for children, including Diary of a Fairy Godmother by Esmé Raji Codell, and How to Tame a Bully by Nancy Wilcox Richards. He lives in Ontario, Canada with his family. You can visit him at
Alison McGhee

Alison McGhee is the author of numerous award-winning books for young readers and adults, including the New York Times bestseller, Someday, illustrated by Peter Reynolds. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with her family. You can visit her at


  • Julia Gillian (and the Art of Knowing)
    Minnesota Book Award Finalist
    “McGhee’s book . . . …is exactly what kids this age are thinking about, and boys have been as crazy about [it] as girls.” —The Los Angeles Times

    “[A] sensitively crafted tale filled with wisdom and humor.” —The Midwest Book Review

    “Illustrations of Julia Gillian’s masks and super size St. Bernard add a whimsical note to the book.” —School Library Journal

    Julia Gillian (and the Quest for Joy)

    “McGhee’s . . . affectionate, humorous portrayal of Julia Gillian’s emotional state reveals a keen perception of elementary-school worries.” —The Horn Book

    “Highly relatable.” —Publishers Weekly


--- - ! "If no one else was going to do anything, Julia Gillian would.
\t\"Honey, Bigfoot will keep slowing down,\" said Dr.Gowdy. \"He'll sleep more often and for longer periods of time.\"
\tHoney. There it was again.
\t\"We can control for variables,\" said Julia Gillian, ignoring what Dr. Gowdy was saying. \"That's what we can do.\" Someone had to do something, and if it had to be Julia Gillian, then fine, she would do it. She would not give up. She would make a list of Bigfoot variables, and she would control for them. In this way, she would keep her dog safe."
Paperback / softback

Perfect-bound Paperback

ISBN: 9780545033534

336pp. | 5-¼ x 7-⅝