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Best Friends And Drama Queens (Allie Finkle's Rules For Girls #3) Hardcover – March 10, 2009


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Allie looks forward to starting school again after winter vacation, but the arrival of a new girl, Cheyenne, changes everything. Within days, Cheyenne gathers a clique, starts a chase-and-kiss game at recess, and bullies most of her classmates into pairing off and “going with” each other, even though they’re not sure exactly what that means. Using Allie’s fresh voice and believable fourth-grade perspective, Cabot gets across her “let children be children” message in a way that will make sense to other kids. The third Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls book sympathetically portrays the broad emotional range of fourth-graders. Grades 3-5. --Carolyn Phelan

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Praise for the Allie Finkle series:

"Brims with vintage Cabot humor and inventiveness." —The New York Times Book Review

*"In Cabot's first foray into novels for kids who are still in single digits, her trademark frank humor makes for compulsive reading . . . Allie is funny, believable, and plucky." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Your new rule? This book must be read . . . now!" —Discovery Girls

"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." —School Library Journal

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 840L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press (March 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545040434
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545040433
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 6.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,012,600 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Meg Cabot is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of books for both adults and tweens/teens. There have been over 25 million copies of Meg's nearly 80 published books sold in 38 countries. Her last name rhymes with habit, as in "her books can be habit forming." She currently lives in Key West, Florida with her husband and various cats.

Meg's first ever adult book in the Princess Diaries series, "Royal Wedding", will be available in Summer 2015, along with an installment of the series for younger readers, "From the Notebook of a Middle School Princess". "Remembrance", a new book in the Mediator series will be available in February of 2016.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Shopping Mom of 3 on April 29, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I just picked this book up because I thought my 7 year old daughter would like it and boy was I right! She couldn't put it down and really enjoyed it. We didn't realize until she was finished that it is #3 in the Rules for Girls series. She can't wait to read the first 2 books. I do need to note that while my daughter is in the 2nd grade, her reading level is at a 4th grade level, so this may be a little long for a 7 year old (200 pages).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on June 20, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Allie thought her life was going pretty good during holiday vacation. Her family got a new game system and she was anxious to share it with her friends when they came home from vacation.

Right before school starts up, one of her friends tells her that their teacher said they are going to have a new student when they come back. At first, Allie isn't too excited about this. But once she finds out that the new student is a girl and from Canada, the excitement sets in.

Though on her first day back, Allie is asked to sit in the back of the classroom with all the annoying, gross boys so the new girl, Cheyenne, can sit up front with the girls and feel welcome in her new class . Not long after Cheyenne starts going to Allie's school, she and her friends realize that she isn't that great.

Mostly, she's just bossy and rude. She thinks that all the girls in the fourth grade should be "going" with boys because that is the mature thing to do. Pretty soon, she ends up getting most all of the girls to even go with all the boys, but not Allie. Allie is determined to stand her ground and to not be bullied by this bully.

This was a really cute third book in the ALLIE FINKLE'S RULES FOR GIRLS series. Meg Cabot has the perfect voice of a girl in the fourth grade. I can just picture Allie and her friends. I thought some parts of this book were a little out there, but even so it was a cute read. I'm sure young girls (and even boys) around the world will enjoy this book, and the rest of the series.

I love all the little rules she makes up. My favorite rule in this book was: "Boys can seriously be so stupid sometimes. Also deeply thoughtless." So true!

Reviewed by: Breanna F.
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Format: Hardcover
Allie Finkle has been the new girl at school for a while now, but it's a position she's happy to relinquish to another student.

In BEST FRIENDS AND DRAMA QUEENS, the third installment in Meg Cabot's Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls series, that person is Cheyenne, a haughty girl with a world-weary attitude who seems to think that everyone around her is "immature." Allie and her best friends try to include Cheyenne in their games, only to have that "i" word thrown in their faces. With that insult, they march off, determined not to be her friend. But Cheyenne, in a flurry of sophistication, decides to transform the regular schoolyard games into a kissing match, and Allie and her friends are left to their own devices. Since they aren't interested in running after boys and kissing them, the gang becomes a target of Cheyenne's nasty derision, and many of the classmates follow suit --- until it's Allie and Cheyenne in the great slumber party showdown. Guess who wins?

Allie Finkle is an EveryGirl who is easy to like and root for. She's kind, caring, confused, funny, indignant, learning and yearning her way through prepubescence with the right balance of sassy drama and little-girl breakdown. This is a great series, and BEST FRIENDS AND DRAMA QUEENS, as this segment is so aptly named, keeps the quality stories running. From elementary school through middle school, Allie experiences friendship difficulties and traverses the early path of boy/girl relations with a degree of practicality and a refreshing nod towards wanting to stay a "kid" longer and not move too quickly into the grown-up realm in which Cheyenne thinks the rest of them are living.

Allie and her friends arrive at a level-headed decision not to "go with" the boys in their class, but it's not a choice based on fear.
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While I find the insertion of 'the rules' at every possible point and the long sentences a bit annoying, my 10yo daughter, who is not usually a particularly enthusiastic reader, really loves these books and finds a lot to relate to in them. Each of the books she has read this year has coincided with something similar happening in her own life, eg, moving house (as Allie Finkle does in Moving Day), starting a new school (New Girl) and now dealing with the pressure to view boys as potential "boyfriends" rather than just friends or classmates. As a mother, I think the lessons in these books (eg, standing up to peer pressure, not being in such a hurry to grow up) are helpful ones and if these books get my daughter reading, then they definitely get my vote! I also like the portrayal of the relationship between Allie and her various family members, especially the mother.
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This is the 3rd book in the series of Allie Finkle's Rules for 7- to 10-year-old girls. Allie's rules have helped her adapt to a new home and a new school, but she has to come up with a whole new set of rules when Cheyenne comes to town. Cheyenne is the New Girl who moved to town, creating drama and telling everyone what to do. Allie is delighted not to be the new girl any more, but Cheyenne quickly gathers a tight group of friends. Allie and her best friends are shocked at Cheyenne's chase-and-kiss game at recess, and they hate being bullied into choosing "boyfriends." It's difficult for Allie and her friends to resist Cheyenne's social pressure, but when they do stand up for themselves, they are happy.

Lots of fun and social situations give rise to entertaining new rules for Allie's list for 3rd and 4th grade girls.
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