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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (February 24, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142500364
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142500361
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.1 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,758,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 3-5-Lizzie, 9, resents her New Year's Eve birthday (too close to Christmas), hates being the middle child (squeezed between Norman the tormentor and copycat Ellie), and wishes her father lived nearer. But life looks up with the discovery of her mother's old manual typewriter that once traveled the world during Mom's early days as a journalist. Lizzie decides to use it to record the story of her year, and this novel is the collection of the monthly short stories she writes. Eccles captures the daily joys and traumas of school and new teachers, learning new skills, and getting along with siblings. Lizzie is a fairly precocious kid and a good typist to boot, but this title is an example of realistic fiction with lots of humor that will appeal to the target audience.

Anne Connor, Los Angeles Public Library

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist

Gr. 3-6. In Eccles' debut novel, nine-year-old Lizzie decides to pursue a writing career when she finds an old typewriter in the closet. Each of the book's chapters is a journal entry covering one month in Lizzie's life as she waits to turn 10. The pages are filled with mostly expected events: sibling rivalry, new teachers, and the problem of being a child in a divorced family. This falls into the category of friendly, familiar, middle-grade fiction; situations and characters will ring true to readers. The format, which features some "type-written" sections of the text, is a clever addition. The striking cover of Lizzie typing as her dog intently watches will draw kids right in. Ilene Cooper
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MQ on January 26, 2005
Format: Paperback
My 6-year-old daughter designated this her favorite book on her class questionnaire. She cherishes her own copy and gave it to two friends for Christmas. Author Mary Eccles has a wonderful ability to write of family dynamics with humor and insight and to create very believable child characters and situations. The format is also appealing: Each chapter corresponds to a month in one year of 9-year-old Lizzie's life. I read the book aloud to my daughter--but it is a good read-alone for young people ages 8 to 10. And I won't give away one surprise but will say that, once you read this book, you will never again pour dry cereal from a box without first checking inside. My daughter is hoping for a sequel and a chance to share more adventures with Lizzie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 30, 2001
Format: Hardcover
BY LIZZIE is an exciting novel.Lizzie is a nine year old in the middle of her family. She has an annoying older brother named Norman, and a younger copycat sister named Ellie. The story starts on January 1, the day after Lizzie's ninth birthday. Lizzie is looking for her dog Winston's leash,and ends up finding her mom's old typewriter. She decides to record and write down the year before she turns ten.Lizzie writes a story for each month. My favorite month is March, when Lizzie calls swimming lessons "water torture", because she's the oldest in the beginner class by far, and she can't swim! Mary Eccles uses many details in her writing. I highly recommend this book for eager readers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kitson Flynn on October 10, 2001
Format: Hardcover
By Lizzie is a great story with characters that young readers will identify with, laugh with, and care about through the end of this book and beyond. I am already looking forward to reading more stories "By Lizzie" and Mary Eccles. Young readers (and adults!) will enjoy this glimpse into Lizzie's year -- from the trials of family life to laughing through her escapades... mice in cereal boxes, secret codes, Brownie the puppy, getting even with her big brother and more. Lizzie and her story are both winners!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 5, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I enjoyed the way this book is structured: a 9-year-old girl is frustrated with aspects of her life, and desides to chronicle each month as she waits to turn 10. Each chapter is an account of a difficulty she faces at school or at home. The problems are ones all children would recognize--annoying siblings, worries about a new teacher, for example. The chapters are written with good humor and not a trace of condescension.
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