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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

About the Author

MEG CABOT'S many series and books for adults, teens, and tweens have included multiple #1 New York Times bestsellers and have sold more than fifteen million copies worldwide. Her Princess Diaries series has been published in more than thirty-eight countries and was made into two hit films by Disney. Meg also wrote the New York Times bestselling Mediator, Airhead, Insatiable, and Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls series, as well as the award-winning novels All-American Girl and Avalon High. Meg lives in Key West with her husband and two cats. Visit Meg online at www.megcabot.com.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Mass Market Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press; Reprint edition (August 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545040426
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545040426
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Kramer Bussel VINE VOICE on August 27, 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
After reading Moving Day, I'm now officially a fan of Allie Finkle. Faced with a new school and her often-annoying little brothers, not to mention a tendency toward quirkiness, Allie boldly marches into 4th grade wearing a skirt over jeans, only to find she's made a big fashion faux pas. She proceeds to get in trouble for talking to one of her new friends, and makes an enemy of school bully Rosemary. She also has to deal with waiting for her promised kitten to be born, a meddlesome mom, and a stressful visit from her grandmother.

She may be pint-sized, but Allie has all the plucky traits I've come to expect from a Meg Cabot heroine. She's her own person, and stands up for herself in her often hilarious set of rules. She never fears standing up to her parents, her friends, her brothers and, by the end, the school bully. Allie isn't a tomboy, but she's not all sugar and spice - the games her and her friends play are creative and she isn't afraid to get dirty. I'm looking forward to reading more of her rulebooks and seeing what (mis)adventures she can get into. Though I'm far, far past the age group this book was intended for, I enjoyed every page, especially when Allie gets indignant over things like being told by her grandmother she should order fish at a seafood restaurant, rather than her preferred hamburger, and arguing for the kitten she desperately wants. She isn't above learning from those around her, but doesn't take what adults say at face value, either. She's spirited and quirky and, yes, funny, but not in the way she thinks. Another winner from the prolific Cabot.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on August 17, 2008
Format: Hardcover
After having moved with her family to a new neighborhood in a slightly creepy old house, Allie is the "New Girl" at Pine Heights Elementary.

Being the New Girl isn't all that easy. Sure, she's made some great new friends and she loves her new teacher. She even gets to go home for lunch because her house is only two blocks away from school. But there is a girl in her class, Rosemary, who isn't so fond of Allie and even threatens to beat her up. Allie keeps getting advice from everyone about what do about the whole Rosemary situation, but she has no idea which thing is the right thing.

During all of this school drama, Allie is also worrying about her future kitten, Mewsette. The mother of her kitten gave birth to her litter early, so all the little kitties are premature.

Poor Allie, what's a New Girl to do?

Awww, this was a really cute second book to the ALLIE FINKLE'S RULES FOR GIRLS series. I loved it! I'm happy Ms. Cabot started writing for younger readers. My cousin is going to love this when I give it to her for her birthday next month. Definitely have your little sisters (or even little brothers) check it out. Hopefully, they'll like it -- Allie is such a fun girl!

Reviewed by: Breanna F.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on September 7, 2008
Format: Hardcover
It is such a good book.I hope Meg Cabot will write more Allie Finkle books. She gets upset when this mean girl in her class says she going to beat her up.I have read a lot of books and this is one of the best.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Compulsive Reader VINE VOICE on August 5, 2008
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After moving to a big, slightly creepy house in a new neighborhood, rescuing a turtle from certain death, and becoming a mother-to-be of a kitten all her own, you'd think that being the New Girl would be no problem to Allie Finkle, right? But things get off on the wrong foot right away when Allie's parents insist on walking her and her younger brothers to school on their first day. And then she gets caught talking in class! But the worst thing of all? Allie's new classmate Rosemary says she's going to beat her up after school!

Allie asks everyone she knows (except people who are going to tell her mom, because moms just make things like this worse!) what she should do, but no one seems to be able to give her an answer. And on top of it all, Lady Serena Archibald, mother of Allie's kitten Mewsette, gets sick, and Allie's dreams of having a kitten all her own are in jeopardy! What's a girl to do?

Meg Cabot has proven herself just as adept at reaching the younger set of girls as she is at getting through to teenagers in this fun filled, frank, and quick witted sequel to Moving Day. Allie Finkle shines as she continues to stun and delight readers and faces a whole new set of problems and takes on an issue that is very relevant to kids today--bullying. Her reactions are understandable and relatable, and her despair and confusion are emotions that are sure to ring true with many younger readers as Allie takes on her problem and searches for a solution among many that she believes is right, and grows up a little in the process. Also present are the many smaller fiascos and escapades which Cabot pulls together to create a story that flows fluidly together, coupled with dry wit and a dash of irony that has made her voice so popular among the younger generations, but will not fail in beguiling anyone of any age.
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Allie Finkle's life is rough. She has moved to a new neighborhood, and has been forced to make new friends and start the academic year at a brand-new school. With a brother for whom pirate wear is his school uniform, Allie fears she won't fit in. However, with the help of her new friend from next door and some other nice girls, she finds a comfortable place on her first day.

But as soon as things get cooking in the classroom, a bully begins picking on her. With little provocation, Rosemary, a big nasty girl, has decided that Allie is her next victim. And so begins THE NEW GIRL, the second Allie Finkle adventure by Meg Cabot. When Rosemary tells Allie that she plans to beat her up, Allie starts creating new rules to help herself figure out what she needs to do.

Meg Cabot is a funny writer; her humor is warm and sitcom-pitch perfect. Since these are books for tweens, starring a tween protagonist, it walks a nice line between kiddie lit and a general sophistication, a knowing sense of what makes children of this era tick. Allie is a delightful creation --- with all the usual neuroses and a touch of stand-out definition in her wacky family --- and her foibles and tribulations feel very, very real but new at the same time.

Sometimes, Cabot has a tendency to make things cutesy, particularly where Allie's little brother Kevin is concerned. This is Judy Blume-lite, a volume that would be at home next to the Fudge series of books: kids with issues, solving their problems and learning something in the process. THE NEW GIRL is cute, funny and occasionally original --- exactly the perfect book for reading for fun.
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