Freckle Juice

Freckle Juice


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What’s a guy gotta do to get some freckles? This perennial bestselling favorite from Judy Blume has a fresh new look!

More than anything in the world, Andrew Marcus wants freckles. His classmate Nicky has freckles—they cover his face, his ears, and the whole back of his neck. But when Andrew asks Nicky where he got them, Nicky just says he was born with them. Some help he is!

That’s when Sharon offers Andrew her secret freckle juice recipe—for fifty cents, she promises, Andrew can look just like Nicky. His freckleless days are over! He rushes home to whip up the concoction. Grape juice, vinegar, mustard…

But what starts out as a simple freckle juice recipe quickly turns into something disastrous. Andrew is still determined to get his freckles, and to show that pesky Sharon that she doesn’t know everything—and he has the perfect solution! Or does he?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781481411028
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 05/27/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 64
Sales rank: 9,976
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 10.60(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile: 570L (what's this?)
Age Range: 7 - 9 Years

About the Author

Judy Blume, one of America’s most popular authors, is the recipient of the 2004 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. She is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of beloved books for young people, including Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, and novels for adult readers, including Wifey, Smart Women, and Summer Sisters. Her work has been translated into thirty-two languages.Visit Judy at or follow her on Twitter at @JudyBlume.

Debbie Ridpath Ohi is the author of Where Are My Books?. Her illustrations also appear in Sea Monkey and Bob, written by Aaron Reynolds; I’m Bored (a New York Times Notable Book) and Naked!, written by Michael Ian Black; as well as ten Judy Blume chapter books and middle grade titles. For more info, visit or @InkyElbows on Twitter.


New York's Upper East Side, Key West, and Martha's Vineyard

Date of Birth:

February 12, 1938

Place of Birth:

Elizabeth, New Jersey


B.S. in education, New York University, 1961

Read an Excerpt


Andrew Marcus wanted freckles. Nicky lane had freckles. He had about a million of them. They covered his face, his ears and the back of his neck. Andrew didn’t have any freckles. He had two warts on his finger. But they didn’t do him any good at all. If he had freckles like Nicky, his mother would never know if his neck was dirty. So he wouldn’t have to wash. And then he’d never be late for school.
Andrew had plenty of time to look at Nicky’s freckles. He sat right behind him in class. Once he even tried to count them. But when he got to eighty-six Miss Kelly called, “Andrew… are you paying attention?”
“Yes, Miss Kelly,” Andrew said.
“Good, Andrew. I’m glad to hear that. Now will you please pick up your chair and your reading goup? We’re all waiting for you.”
Andrew stood up in a hurry. His reading group giggled. Especially Sharon. He couldn’t stand that Sharon. She thought she knew everything! He picked up his chair and carried it to the corner where his reading group sat.
“You may begin, Andrew,” Miss Kelly said. “Page sixty-four.”
Andrew turned the pages in his book. Sixty-four…sixty-four. He couldn’t find it. The pages stuck together. Why did Miss Kelly have to pick him?
Everybody else already had their books opened to the right page.
Sharon kept giggling. She covered her mouth to keep in the noise, but Andrew knew what was going on. He finally found page sixty-four. Right where it was supposed to be…between pages sixty-three and sixty-five. If he had his own freckles he wouldn’t have to count Nicky Lane’s. Then he’d here Miss Kelly when she called reading groups. And nobody would laugh at him.
Later, when the bell rang, Andrew poked Nicky Lane.
“What do you want?” Nicky asked, turning around. “I was wondering about your freckles,” Andrew said.
“Oh yeah? What about them?”
Andrew felt pretty stupid. “Well, how did you get them?”
“What do you mean how? You get born with them. That’s how!”
Andrew thought that’s what Nicky would say.
Some help he was!
“Line up, boys and girls,” Miss Kelly said. “Time to go home now. Sharon, you may lead the girls. Andrew, you may lead the boys.”
Some luck! Just when he got to be leader he had to stand next to Sharon!
When they were in line Sharon whispered to Andrew. “Psst… I know how to get them.”
“How to get what?” Andrew asked.
“Freckles,” Sharon said.
“Who asked you?”
“I heard you ask Nicky about his.” Sharon ran her tongue along her teeth. She was always doing that.
“Do you want to know how to get them?” Sharon asked.
“Maybe,” Andrew told her.
“It’ll cost you fifty cents. I have a secret recipe for freckle juice,” Sharon whispered.
“A secret recipe?”
Sharon’s tongue reminded Andrew of a frog catching flies. He wondered if Sharon ever got a mouthful of bugs the way she opened her mouth and wiggled her tongue around. Andrew inspected Sharon’s face.
“You don’t even have freckles!” he said.
“Look close,” Sharon said. “I’ve got six on my nose.”
“Big deal! A lot of good six will do.”
“You can get as many as you want. Six was enough for me. It all depend on how much freckle juice you drink.”
Andrew didn’t believe Sharon for a minute. Not one minute! There was no such thing as freckle juice. Andrew had never heard of it before!

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Freckle Juice 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 57 reviews.
austen_enthusiast More than 1 year ago
I remember reading this when I was younger, so I wanted to have my son read it as well. Perfect book to teach a lesson with humor and to have it read within one to two sittings. Also introduces them to the "wonderful world" of Judy Blume. Although it is considerably "dated" and there may be some events, etc (hence 3 stars rather than 4 stars). that would be handled differently today, it can still serve as an enjoyable discussion starter for you and your young reader.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read this book before. IT WAS AMAZING!!!!!! But, dont get the sample beacause it doesnt give any of the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
its a very nice book about a boy freddie he wants freckles and everyone tells him some kind of way to get them you will love this book for a big laugh.please try.....there is even more judy blumes fudges are best.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a little old to read this book but I read it when I was younger. It was a great book! I Love it! At school my class is aloud to write a report on our favorite book, this one is mine!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Are your kids bored? How about a fun book that is easy to read, not too long, and funny?

Do you want freckles as much as Andrew does? What happens when he buys a freckle recipe from a girl in his class? Will Andrew have as many freckles as Nicky? They cover his face, ears, and back of his neck. After mixing the ingredients at home and drinking the juice, Andrew gets a big surprise!

Freckle Juice is also a good choice to read aloud to kids, as with a number of other Judy Blume books.

As a children's book author, I highly recommend 'Freckle Juice' to kids and grown-ups. It's a wonderful book that will be read over and over for many years!

Richard W. Carlson Jr., Children's Book Author

5thgradestudents More than 1 year ago
I like this book because it was interesting. The character, Andrew, wanted freckles but the freckles were fake. It was interesting because he drank nasty freckle juice. He drank something no one would ever drink. The freckle juice got him sick. The teacher gave Andrew a recipe to take off the freckles. This was a funny, interesting book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A book that hits close to home for me because I remember how gullible we boys were in school as opposed to the girls.
Guest More than 1 year ago I 1st read this book when I was nine years old Good Book For all Ages! I gave this book 4 Stars because I diddn't really get it. I don't care if your 60 or 7 this book is good!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is a good book. Just not for me. I am sure little kids would love it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I remember my fourth grade teacher, Mrs.Gordon, reading Judy Blume's books to our class on rainy days in the winter. That was some 23 years ago! Now that my 10 year old is reading Judy's books, it has brought back all my memories of reading them as well. I forgot how funny they were and had to keep my mouth shut every time my daughter gave me a briefing on each chapter she read! I wanted so bad to blurt out the next thing that would happen. Freckle Juice is a cute little story and I loved being able to talk about this book with my daughter and neice.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Freckel Juice is about a boy and he has a friend that has a hole face of freckles. So one day a girl said that if he gave her a quarter then she would give him the recipe for freckle juice. So she gave him the recipe, and wait till you find out what she wrote. Well I will just tell you that it didn't work out as he planned it would. He didn't want to go to school without freckels so he colored dots on his face with a brown marker.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wonderful story about a grade school boy who desperately wants to look like someone else, and in the end learns to love himself just the way he is. Wonderful way for children to learn respect and self-esteem. Should be required reading for grades K-3.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I have never read it before ,but when i read the 'About The Publiser' I loved it!
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rfewell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Q loved this book. We had lots of fun with it, and I'm excited to share the rest of Judy Blume's books with him!
emilylock on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a Contemporary Realistic fiction book about a boy who wants to have freckles like his friend. He doesn¿t like his appearance and thinks that having freckles will make him look better. He gets some ¿freckle juice¿ which he thinks will make him grow freckles and it tastes horrible. Needless to say he was not able to get the freckles, but was able to learn that appearance isn¿t everything. I remember reading this book in elementary school and loved it. It was a great book to think about yourself and realize that everything isn¿t about looks. It is a great book for kids to read, since it helps the kids to see themselves in another angle and let them understand the concept of self-image.
Samantha_Wright on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Freckle Juice is a very cute well written book. The main character Andrew Marcus wants to have freckles like some kids in his classroom. He pays 50 cents to get a secret receipt that ends up turning out bad and just making him sick. In the end he realizes that some children that have freckles wish they did not have them and that he was special and perfect just the way God made him. This book would be a great connector application for 1st-3rd grade students because most children growing up go thru a stage where they are not confident in the way that they look and so by reading Freckle Juice it can show them that each person is very unique and special in their own way.
jl624 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The book tells a story about how a boy named Andrew Marcus wants to have freckles like his friend. He doesn't have a positive self-image about his appearance and he tries to have freckles in order to get away from what he doesn't want to do. He tries every possible means to get freckles, even including drinking a distasteful "freckle juice". The book deals with the issue of positive self-image. Andrew of course doesn't succeed in growing freckles on his face. It is his perspective of his self-image getting challenged. It is a funny book and very interesting to read through. It is a great book for kids to read, since it helps the kids to see themselves in another angle and let them understand the concept of self-image. Recommended for children in grade 3-5.
mannperkins on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have read this books many times in the classroom but I just read it for the first time to my 6 year old son. He loved it! It is a very easy read that kids really enjoy listening to.
angietangerine17 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Judy Blume is the best! I love the whimsical and fun loving way she writes. Any child of any age would find something to like about this book. I certainly enjoyed it.
EmilyBush on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I give it 4 stars. It was a good book. The main story theme seemed to resonate as "Be yourself. No one else." Personally, I love that theme. The age group this type of reading is targeted toward is typically the "coming of age" years. So a non-conformity book is just what is needed. Having freckles as a kid, this book would have made me at ease with my differences.
Necampos on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Freckle Juice was a childhood favorite of mine! Andrew was so intrigued by one of his classmates with freckles that he wanted them himself. After getting a recipe from hiss classmate, Andrew creates what is "freckle juice." He comes to realization that he should be content with who he is, without looking for something else to make him different. This is a great story to teach kids that they each are unique in their own ways.
rheasly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Judy Blume has an honest and candid style that is easy to relate to. In Freckle Juice, one boy is determined to find out what life is like with a freckled face. He is given a recipe for freckles from his classmate, and upon trying it he (eventually) comes to the realization that he should find happiness and satisfaction with who he is naturally, instead of striving to be what he is not. A great story for kids of any age, and also a great story for teachers, as the teacher is a great hero in this tale. Ages 8 and up.
mlsweatman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is one of the first novels that by Judy Blume and she writes about a second grader named Andrew and his friend Nicky that has freckles. Of course Andrew wants freckles because his mother always says he is dirty and he thinks that she will not be able to see the dirt if he has freckles. So the wise girl named Sharon in his class sells him a recipe for freckles and of course the rest of the book is him trying to make it and realizing he got tricked. It was a very funny book but it is defiantely a childrens book.