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  • 0:02 What Do We Want? Freckles!
  • 1:20 A Business Deal
  • 2:26 Drinking the Juice
  • 3:24 The Results Are In
  • 5:57 Lesson Summary
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Instructor: Erica Schimmel

Erica has taught college English writing and literature courses and has a master's degree in children's literature.

Andrew Marcus wants freckles so badly. His friend Nicky has so many, but Andrew has none! Will Sharon's secret family recipe give Andrew the freckles he dreams of having? In this lesson, we will summarize Judy Blume's ''Freckle Juice''.

What Do We Want? Freckles!

If you could change one thing about your appearance, what would it be? Would you change your hair color? Maybe your height? For Andrew Marcus, the main character in Judy Blume's Freckle Juice, it would be his freckles. Or rather, his lack of freckles. Nicky Lane has freckles. Nicky has so many freckles that Andrew cannot count them all. But Andrew has none. And he wants them. He really wants freckles.

How do you get freckles, though? Nicky says he was just born with them. That answer does not help Andrew. But Sharon overhears. Andrew does not like Sharon. She laughs at Andrew a lot, and she thought she knew everything! But Sharon says she has an old family recipe for freckle juice. That is how she got the six tiny freckles on her nose. Andrew can have lots of freckles if he drinks lots of the freckle juice. And the recipe will only cost him fifty cents. Andrew has trouble believing Sharon. He has never heard of freckle juice, so it probably does not even exist. Right?

A Business Deal

Have you ever been unable to stop thinking about something? Maybe to the point you cannot sleep? Andrew cannot sleep because he is thinking about Sharon's freckle juice! Fifty cents is five whole weeks of allowance. But what if the juice works? Andrew decides he will buy the recipe, and if it does not work, he will just ask for his money back. He will even look at it before he gives Sharon the money. If something seems fishy, he will not buy it.

Sharon has different ideas, though, and will not give Andrew the recipe without the money. Finally, he decides it is worth a shot. He tosses her the money during class. She tosses the recipe back to him. But when he tries to pick up the paper, Andrew falls out of his chair! Miss Kelly is not happy and asks to see the note. But instead of throwing it away or ripping it up, she just tells Andrew he can have it back at the end of the day.

Drinking the Juice

Do you ever have trouble paying attention in school? Andrew has trouble sometimes, and today is no different. As soon as school is over, he runs all the way home. He has an hour to prepare the recipe before his mom comes home. Luckily, he does not need to cook anything. The recipe calls for ingredients his mom always has around: 'grape juice, vinegar, mustard, mayonnaise, juice from one lemon, pepper and salt, ketchup, olive oil, and a speck of onion.' When he mixes everything together it smells terrible! Andrew holds his nose and drinks his big glass of freckle juice as fast as he can. He feels like he is going to be sick. He makes it to his mother's room to sit down in front of her big mirror. Then, he waits.

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