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Misfit McCabe: (A Misfit McCabe Novel) Paperback – September 26, 2009

4.7 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
Book 1 of 2 in the Misfit McCabe Series

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I loved Misfit McCabe! The descriptions were amazing. I was glued to Misfit McCabe like a fly stuck to fly tape. This is a great book. Gardner-Griffie has outdone herself. -- Flamingnet.com Book Review, April 2008 - Student Reviewer --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

From the Back Cover

The flames shot to the side as Katie beat them with a branch. The intense heat of the fire caused sweat to drip into her eyes and her lungs burned from the smoke. Katie was losing the battle against the fire and could only hope that help would be there soon. The fire department quickly put out the flames and Katie was appalled by the destruction she had accidentally caused. This had to be the worst day of her life. Little did she know it was only the start. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 172 pages
  • Publisher: Shanlian WordLit Press; 2nd edition (September 26, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984238301
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984238309
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,316,204 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

LK Gardner-Griffie is a two-time teen choice award winning author for her Misfit McCabe series. Daughter to a rocket scientist and an artist, LK combines the traits of both into a quirky yet pragmatic writer. In addition to writing, LK holds down a full-time job with an international transportation company as a process and efficiency expert. Her leisure time is spent with her husband sharing a love of music, singing, and college baseball. She writes into the night with the help of her three long-haired miniature dachshunds. Night is when imagination takes flight.

Customer Reviews

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Format: Paperback
Misfit McCabe sucks the reader into young Katie McCabe's life as she transitions from her normal, every day life into a new town full of new people. The pace is quick, but I was never left behind for a moment wondering what was happening. Truly a fast, satisfying read. LK Gardner-Griffie writes fluid prose with very few hiccups along the way. The characters in the story are so real, though the mundane actions they take carry weight.

I had trouble settling into the story and noticed a few awkward phrases, but after the first few pages, I was hooked. Katie McCabe is a troublemaker, and she knows it. What sets her apart though, is that she doesn't mean to make a mess of things: it just happens. The story starts fast, like a jump into a cool lake. Katie is smoking and drinking with her best friend Timmy out in a shed.

Gardner-Griffie shows us Katie at her weakest and strongest. Katie does not get away with anything she does, and yet I cheered on almost all of her decisions, though as bad as some were, it felt good to see her stand up to a bully--and in this case the bully isn't some low brow jock, an interesting twist. Katie McCabe, not living up to the traditions of her family name, doesn't know what she's in for when she starts a ripple through the town with her arrival.

Katie is faced with tough choices, and she has to mature rapidly in her ever-changing world. She is dumped from the hands of her frustrated, loving (and sick) father, to her unsuspecting Uncle Charley. Throughout the book Katie zips from one emotion to the next. One minute I was jubilant, the next, I wanted to cry, and right after, I wanted to punch someone: I felt like a teenager again.

This story isn't for those who want to read fluff.
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I bought Misfit McCabe for my 12 year old daughter to read. I was lucky enough to read it first.

Misfit McCabe is the story of 14 year old Katie McCabe. Katie's mother died when she was very young and her father has his hands full with her mischievous behavior. After Katie and her best friend Timmy burn down a shed, her father sends her to live with his brother Charlie and his family. To make matters worse, Katie's father is ill and is going to the hospital for tests.

Katie does not want to be with Uncle Charlie, his two sons Matt and Mark, and Charlie's niece Sarah. She feels like an outsider in a house full of rules and she plots to make them send her back to her father. To make matters worse, she makes an enemy in record time-- Harvey, Jr. Harvey, Jr.'s father owns the bank and most to the town. Harvey, Jr. wastes no time in throwing this in Katie's face and insulting Katie's family. Katie, not one to back down from a challenge, punches Harvey Jr. in the park-- right in front of 3 football players.

Just as Katie begins to settle into her new home and get a new boyfriend, Tom- one of the football players, she finds out that her father died. With her entire world ripped out from underneath her, Katie struggles to find her place in her new life while struggling to deal with her grief.

I loved this book. Misfit McCabe portrays a 14 year old in accurate light. As the mother of multiple teens, I am qualified to say this. ;-) What I loved about this book is that it was a wonderful story. Although Katie does have a love interest, it is not the entire premise of the book, unlike several book series my 12 year old reads. The true test was whether or not my 12 year old enjoyed the book. She loved it too.
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Many a year has passed since I was a 14 year old year girl so being taken back into the mind of one was a novel experience. And LK Gardner-Griffie does a remarkable job of portraying a teen's thoughts and emotions through Katie's narration. I could so relate to Katie McCabe, and so will teens who read Misfit McCabe, and any adult who (honestly) recalls their teen years. You must remember when you thought your hometown was boring and didn't want to be stuck there your whole life. When you needed so passionately to be seen as an individual and not an extension of your family. When running away when you'd messed up seemed the best option, even though you knew that would result in a worse punishment than if you'd stayed put.

Have you ever looked at your own teen and wondered, why are you so contrary? Just what is in that head of yours?

I couldn't help but like Katie McCabe even though she is about as contrary as a teen can be. The teen years are terribly complex, while they try to cope with emotional and physical changes and conflicting feelings. I think teens who read Misfit McCabe will identify with her.

I won't go into the plot as other reviewers have already outlined it. I will say that in Misfit McCabe, Katie's world is turned upside down and she must learn to live with a terrible loss, learn to accept the solace and friendship she is offered, and is plunged into many difficult and, at times, dangerous situations. Through it all, Katie grows as a person.
Misfit McCabe is beautifully written and Katie is an engaging central character. LK Gardner-Griffie truly understands young teens and takes you into their world, with all their insecurities and uncertainties.

I'm sure that more adventures await Katie, more "growing pains" and more lessons from life, in the coming sequel to Misfit McCabe. I can't wait to read it.
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