Original publication: 1982, Dutton
From the flap:
"Julia Redfern - and trouble - seemed to go hand in hand. 'Julia never means to do anything - it just doesn't turn out right,' her friend Maisie's mother, Mrs. Woollard, always said. And everyone, from Mama and Daddy to large bossy Aunt Alex, had to agree.
Julia did try, but 'Mrs. Woollard things' kept happening. Riding her brother Greg's bike straight down the hill - and nearly into Aunt Alex - was one. So was giving her big, flossy doll Felony to the grinling, the creature who lived in the garden.
But strange, and sometimes wonderful, things happened to Julia, too. Things that had to do with her father's dream of becoming a writer - and with the people she loved most.
Aquella Julia Redfern (Spanish translation), Ediciones Alfaguera, 1985
Paperback, Puffin, 1989, $4.95