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Allie Finkle's Rules For Girls: Moving Day Hardcover – March 1, 2008

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From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. SignatureReviewed by Rachel VailIn Cabot's (the Princess Diaries) first foray into novels for kids who are still in single digits, her trademark frank humor makes for compulsive reading—as always. The first installment of a new series presents a nine-year-old girl attempting to impose rules for living on her increasingly complex world. Allie is funny, believable and plucky (of course; all girls are plucky, at least in books), but most of all, and most interestingly, Allie is ambivalent.As the book starts, Allie learns that her family is moving across town. It is a mark of Cabot's insight to understand that, to a nine-year-old, a car ride's separation from the world she has known makes that distance as vast as the universe. Allie will be enrolled in a different elementary school, and will therefore be that most hideous thing: the new kid. To make matters worse, the Finkle family will be moving to a dark, old, creaky Victorian, which, Allie becomes convinced, has a zombie hand in the attic. Moving will mean leaving behind not only her geode collection but also her best friend. And here is where the story deepens. Allie's best friend is difficult. She cries easily and always insists on getting her own way. To keep the peace, Allie makes rules for herself, often after the fact, to teach herself such important friendship truisms as Don't Shove a Spatula Down Your Best Friend's Throat.Mary Kate is the kind of best friend anybody would want to shove a spatula down the throat of, is the thing.As Allie marshals her energies to fight the move in increasingly desperate ways, sophisticated readers may well conclude ahead of Allie that the friends she is meeting at the new school are more fun and better for her than spoiled Mary Kate and the cat-torturer, Brittany Hauser. Coming to this realization on their own, however, is part of the empowering fun. Told from the distinctive perspective of a good-hearted, impulsive, morally centered kid, this is a story that captures the conflicted feelings with which so many seemingly strong nine-year-olds struggle. Ambivalence is uncomfortable. It is also a sign of growing up. Early elementary school is all about primary colors, where rules, imposed by adults, are clear guidelines to good behavior and getting along. The more complex hues of the second half of elementary school, when complicated friendship dynamics begin to outpace the adult-imposed rules of home and school, leave many kids floundering and confused. In the character Allie Finkle, Cabot captures this moment of transition and makes it feel not just real, but also fun, and funny. Rachel Vail's forthcoming novel, Lucky (HarperTeen, May), is the start of a trilogy about three sisters.
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From School Library Journal

Grade 3–5—At first, nine-year-old Allie Finkle seems rather unlikable. She's hard on her best friend (who is very quick to tears) and acts bratty when her parents tell her the family will be moving. And even though she's promised a kitten, and prefers her new school and the more engaging friend she'll have next door once they move, she's determined to sabotage the event. However, the girl's worries are nuanced and age-appropriate. By the book's end Allie does show a more caring side, even though her methods are not always appreciated by the adults around her. Chapters all begin with one of Allie's rules ("Don't Stick a Spatula Down Your Best Friend's Throat," or "When You Finally Figure Out What the Right Thing to Do Is, You Have to Do It, Even If You Don't Want To") that, while amusing, may quickly become tiresome for some readers. With good intentions and reckless results, Allie will appeal to children who enjoyed reading about Ramona, Amber Brown, Junie B., and the other feisty girls found in beginning chapter books. This novel proves that the master of young adult popular fare is able to adapt her breezy style for a younger audience.—Tina Zubak, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 850L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press; First Edition edition (March 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545039479
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545039475
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,434,435 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Never be a catcher when Brittany Hauser is up to bat, you can't let your guests starve, and don't stick a spatula down you best friend's throat are three out of the many rules from the book Allie Finkle's Rules For Girls.
Allie Finkle is a spunky nine-year old girl who collects geodes, writes rules, and loves animals. Her life is going pretty well until her parents drop the big news on her. She's moving! Even with the promise from her parents to get a new kitten and there is neighbors with a nice girl her age she is still not convinced. But one thing she is convinced about is that there is a zombie hand living in her new houses attic. Once her parents tell her she is moving her life starts going down hill. Her so called "best friend" Mary Kay is no longer her best friend and when Brittany Hauser tries to get them to be friends again she ends up making it even worse then it already is. Will Allie ever be happy? Will she actually move into the "haunted house" ?
My favorite part of the book is when Allie saves a turtle at the Lung Chung restaurant from being made into turtle soup. Allie hides in the back of a car while people including the staff at the Lung Chung restaurant and her own family runs around looking for her.
I like that part the best because I love animals and if I were Allie I would probably do the same thing. Also because it was really funny.
There is only one part in the book that I didn't like. It was when Brittany played lady business executive and shoved her mother's fancy show cat into a suitcase and ran around while swinging it.
Some of the characters from this book are:

Brittany Hauser- a spoiled brat that abuses animals and throws bats.

Mary Kay Shiner- Allie's "best friend" that cries when things don't go her way.
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Allie Finkle, a precocious, adventurous, and outspoken nine-year-old, is on a mission. A mission to keep her parents from making the worst decision of their lives and moving her and her brothers out of their perfectly fine suburban home and into a creaky, dark, and gloomy Victorian house.

Even such incentives as a new best friend, a new school, and a kitten all her own aren't enough to convince Allie that moving may actually be fun. Because Allie has a rule for everything...and one of them is: You can't let your family move into a haunted house!

For any Meg Cabot fan in training, MOVING DAY, the first installment in the ALLIE FINKLE'S RULES FOR GIRLS series, is a must read. Working the charm that won over the teenage set, Cabot expertly brings Allie to life in this laugh-out-loud story.

A lively narrator, Allie will keep you entertained with her many exploits and her stark honesty. This is a book that Cabot readers, new and old, young and not-so-young, will all enjoy. Meg Cabot is on the fast track to the top of kids lit, with the promise of many more stories to come.

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Don't stick a spatula down your best friend's throat. You also can't let your guests starve. Those are two of the rules featured in Meg Cabot's wonderful book, Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls: Moving Day.
This book is about a forth grade girl named Allie Finkle, who just found out she might be moving into a creepy looking, old fashioned, Victorian house that could be haunted. Who would want to live in a haunted house? Allie is positive that her parents are making the biggest mistake of their lives. Just to move into a house like that is enough. Allie also has to give up her geode collection and be a new kid at a school that looks as old as the house. But is moving worth getting an adorable kitten, living right across the street from Dairy Queen, and possibly getting a non- crying best friend? Will Allie Finkle make the move?
I enjoyed every part of this book, but my favorite part was when Allie "accidentally" started a food fight. How Allie made this huge mess, was by shoving a cupcake in bat thrower, Brittany Hauser's, face. But the class took this the wrong way and everybody started throwing cupcakes. I really liked this part because it was unexpected and it was one of the many laugh out loud parts in this book.
From secret telling Scott Stamphley all the way to cry baby Mary Kay, all the characters in Meg Cabot's book came alive. For example, the main character Allie Finkle is outgoing, loves animals, is funny, and ALWAYS keeps the book interesting. She also makes hilarious schemes throughout the book to do stuff like rescue turtles. She makes the book so much fun to read. One part of the book that made me laugh was when Allie rescued the turtle at the Lung Chung restaurant.
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The first in a series of Allie Finkle's Rules for 8- to 10-year-old girls. Allie has to move, and she is NOT happy about it. She will have to leave her friends and become the New Girl, which is a scary idea. But even scarier is the 100-year-old falling-down Victorian house that her parents have bought. Allie's mom promises she can have a kitten when they move, which is the most awesome idea -- until Allie thinks about her creaky new bedroom on the 3rd floor, and the zombie hand which she is sure lives in the attic just above her bedroom. She can't move in there!

In order to deal with life as a 9-year-old, Allie keeps a journal in which she writes down rules to help her navigate the uncertain waters of 4th grade. About half are conventional: Don't scare your little brothers, and you should only say nice things to your friends. But Allie also has her eye out for those important rules that the average 4th grader might not have learned yet, such as don't get a pet that poops in your hand, or don't put your cat in a suitcase.

Great fun for 3rd and 4th grade girls, but becomes juvenile very quickly after that.
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