The Battle of Darcy Lane
It is summertime, and twelve-year-old Julia Richards cannot stand the anticipation. Everyone on Darcy Lane seems to be holding their breath waiting for the cicadas to emerge, but what Julia and her best friend, Taylor, want is some real excitement. Which arrives in the form of a new neighbor named Alyssa, who introduces a ball game called Russia . . . and an unwelcome level of BFF rivalry.

Suddenly nothing stands unchallenged—not Julia's friendships, her crush, or her independence. But while Julia realizes that she cannot control all the changes in her life, she hangs onto the hope that everything will go in her favor if she can just win one magnificent showdown.

Acclaimed author Tara Altebrando's middle-grade debut features a voice that is true to the adolescent experience, where everything is felt acutely in a whirlwind of all-or-nothing emotion.

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  • Jacobe D.
    Dec 31, 1969

    Jacobe D.

    The Battle Of Darcy Lane is about a twelve year old girl named Julia. Julia lives on the street of Darcy Lane, and is ecstatic for summer. Her list of things to do include: spending time with her best friend ever who lives next door (Taylor), seeing her crush Peter (hopefully getting a...

  • Beth
    Dec 31, 1969


    Julia and Taylor are best friends who live on the same street and do everything together. Until one summer day, a new girl their age named Alyssa moves in and everything changes. Alyssa introduces the girls to a game called Russia and suddenly a fierce rivalry and battle for loyalties ...

  • Ben E
    Dec 31, 1969

    Ben E

    The Battle of Darcy Lane is a fantastic book, it was so good i read it all in one day. This book is definetly for you if you liked Middle School: The worst Year of My Life when reading the book I felt sad but happy at the same time because of all the funny and depressing scenes. The bo...

  • Mimi W
    Dec 31, 1969

    Mimi W

    this was one of my favorite books. But it is a little girly. let me summit up for you. Two girls are battling their friendship over drama and a new girl in town. I like this book because it shows that you don't have to only have one friend and if someone is bossing you around and being...

  • Christine S.
    Dec 31, 1969

    Christine S.

    Julia and her best friend Taylor have been best friends since Julia moved to Darcy Lane last year. They live right next to each other and do everything together, and summer is coming up and Julia is planning to spend it all with her playing millionaire. Everything is going as planned u...

  • Tatum M
    Dec 31, 1969

    Tatum M

    The Batte of Darcy Lane is a book about...a 12 year old girl named Julia Richards.Julia Richards lives on Darcy Lane Street.She lives right next to her B.F.F Taylor,and on the other side of the fence is her CRUSH...Peter! Will she get her first kiss? UNTIL...a girl with long brown hair...

  • Ms. Yingling
    Dec 31, 1969

    Ms. Yingling

    Julia and Taylor are enjoying summer but also waiting... waiting for the cicadas to come, and also for someone to move in across the street. Alyssa shows up, and while she is pushy and rude, Taylor is enthralled with her. One of Alyssa's obsessions is a complicated ball game called "Ru...

  • Tavi B
    Dec 31, 1969

    Tavi B

    It's the first week of summer things aren't already going as planned for Julia Richards. First of all it's the 17 year arrival of the cicadas (Gross). Taylor her best friend seems to think that Julia doesn't exits because they never talk anymore and Taylor lied to her multiple times. T...

  • Zaida S.
    Dec 31, 1969

    Zaida S.

    This book, The Battle Of Darcy Lane Is about a girl named Julia facing friendship with her best friend... Taylor, her crush... Peter and the new mean girl that just moved in named Alyssa. Alyssa shares this game called Russia. Alyssa goes head to head against Julia on Russia to see who...

  • Cate Brooks
    Dec 31, 1969

    Cate Brooks

    Oh the pangs of adolescent I felt reading this one! The excitement and humiliation of bra shopping, the mean girl moving in who makes you the third wheel with your fair weather pal, the parents you don't know whether you love or hate, the loneliness, the baffling feeling of your changi...