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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 780L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Dial (June 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803733038
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803733039
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,351,603 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Starred Review. Grade 5-8 Moxie Roosevelt Kipper, 13, has always felt too ordinary for her extraordinary name, and she plans to reinvent herself now that she has gone away to boarding school on a music scholarship. At the Eaton Academy for Girls, she tries out several personas, including Mysterious Earth Goddess (MEG), Hale and Hearty Sports Enthusiast (HHSE), and Detached, Unique, Coolly Knowing Individual (DUCKI). Moxie keeps a logbook just to remember which personality she's been using with whom. It's exhausting, but she's holding it together, just barely, until she realizes that her journal is missing. She's terrified it might land in the wrong hands. Moxie is every young teen who believes that other people's lives are more exciting than her own and wants to make herself special, too. While her misadventures are hilarious, Moxie is an endearing, complex character with whom young adults can easily identify. In the end, she realizes that true friends like you for who you are and enjoy differences as well as similarities. This great book has a good message without ever becoming preachy. Nancy P. Reeder, Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, Columbia, SC
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From Booklist

When 13-year-old Moxie Roosevelt Kipper goes to boarding school, she seizes the opportunity to leave behind her less-than-colorful personality and assume a new identity. But which one? Unable to choose, she takes on several, becoming “Mysterious Earth Goddess,” “Hale and Hearty Sports Enthusiast,” “Detached, Unique Coolly Knowing Individual,” “Assertive Revolutionary Activist,” and “Amish” in turn. Finding it increasingly difficult and exhausting to remember what she has said to whom and which role she needs to fill when, Moxie reaches a crisis point and survives, with a little help from her friends. Through Moxie's witty, first-person narrative, Kimmel explores one girl's quest for identity within the hothouse environment of a girls' school. Moxie's angst is believable, her mistakes are amusing, and her self-deprecating narration makes her actual personality seem as vibrant as those she is trying on for size. Although the topic of identity has its serious side, Kimmel's latest novel brings out the humor as well. Grades 5-7. --Carolyn Phelan

More About the Author

Elizabeth Kimmel Willard, the pen name for Elizabeth Cody Kimmel, is a lifetime Little House enthusiast. She is the author of many books for children, including the Lily B. series. She lives in Cold Spring, New York, with her husband and their daughter.

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Moxie Roosevelt is a well written novel that I would recommend to everyone.
Cynthia A Sawyer
I would suggest this book to every one of my friends, I just think that it really reaches a point in a13 year old girls life.
Chastity Underwood
It has alot of different characters each one of them with a completely different behavior.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Tina on June 24, 2010
Format: Hardcover
First, I have to comment on the cover of this book which, in my opinion, was a perfect fit for the storyline.

The Reinvention of Moxie Roosevelt is a wonderful read - I loved everything about it, from the main character Moxie who has so much to offer the world, if only she would believe in herself to the storyline itself which is an absolute delight and a mixture of "sending a positive message", blended in with humor and a little bit of sadness.

Moxie is now at boarding school and is taking advantage of it - she is going to reinvent herself and turn into that person that everyone will love and look up to. Through a series of "reinventions" that are more or less successful, Moxie learns that not everything is as it appears and that sometimes, you should just let "life" take you where it will....

I loved that the message in this book is - go ahead and try to change yourself and twist yourself to meet this "ideal" that only seems to exist in your own head, but you will also discover that you are who you are going to be in the end - and that is just fine!

Very well written - not remotely preachy and at times, pretty funny, this YA is a great read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Lee on June 13, 2011
Format: Hardcover
As a mother who screens everything her daughter reads, one criterion I have for actually buying the books we like is that they have to be worth a second read. Well, both of us had a great giggle at "The Reinvention of Moxie Roosevelt." We'd previously enjoyed Elizabeth Kimmel's "Suddenly Supernatural" series, but this is our first review of one of Ms. Kimmel's work. So I looked up the cost of downloading it to said daughter's new Kindle - and it was *cheaper to get a hardcover*!!!!! Er, hello!!! I get that the cost of the Kindle version would go down once the hard copies and paperbacks are sold out, but I think $10.99 for a book that can be read over a 45-minute car ride is a bit much, no? Even if that book was a fabulous read and well worth being purchased? Still, we are grateful for the options available (sigh) and will be looking forward to our very own copy of "The Reinvention of Moxie Roosevelt" in the mail pretty soon. Meanwhile, a prayer for all the trees in the world ... and the book in the words of said daughter:

"The book, `The Reinvention of Moxie Roosevelt' by Elizabeth Kimmel was a hilarious book on finding your true self.

"Moxie Roosevelt Kipper is a normal girl with a passion for music. In other words, she is very average as far as she and her classmates are concerned. But when Moxie is given a music scholarship to Eaton Academy, she decides to give herself a complete character makeover. But what should she be? A Mysterious Earth Goddess? A Hale and Hearty Sports Enthusiast? An Assertive Revolutionary Activist? An Amish girl? Or a Detached Unique Coolly Knowing Individual?? But as Moxie's lies start to pile up to the size of Mt. Everest, can Moxie keep herself from tumbling down the mountain?
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Format: Hardcover
There is always talk in teen and tween novels about kids wanting to reinvent themselves, but rarely does a book for those age groups look at the variety of ways in which one can do just that. So along comes Elizabeth Cody Kimmel's THE REINVENTION OF MOXIE ROOSEVELT, and the YA reinvention novel is born.

Granted, Kimmel uses a time-worn device to help Moxie along on her new adventure --- having her leave a conventional school for boarding school. And, since she is 13 and of a mind for introspection, Moxie determines that it is high time she become something more than she is at the moment. Going to a new school, meeting new kids, being in a place where none of her past has to follow her unless she wants it to, Moxie decides to try on a variety of emotional disguises and pose as something more than the Moxie Roosevelt everyone knows at home.

Kimmel doesn't waste her time giving you a sense of the place and time in which this is going on. The little details she uses in describing the Eaton Academy could place it anywhere from a contemporary school with long-standing traditions in privileged academia to a Dickensian outpost for bright, rich kids. It is the inner housing of these characters that she attends to with vigor and humor, and it is in that lighted part of her ever-expanding soul that we get to see the real Moxie Roosevelt.

"There's no place like home" or "Wherever you go, there you are" are tired maxims that you could boil this story down to, if you didn't notice the ferocity of direct and non-flowery language that Kimmel uses to build the new architecture of Moxie's attempts at a new personality.
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Format: Hardcover
Thirteen-year-old Moxie has never felt that she lived up to her name (not only Moxie, but Moxie Roosevelt Kipper). She's never felt that she was anything special. When she goes off to a nearby boarding school, she figures that this is her chance to reinvent herself. The problem is that with every different person she meets and likes, she ends up showing a different new personality -- from the Mother Earth Goddess, the Juvenile Delinquent, to the Sporting Enthusiast, to the Activist, to even -- accidentally and most inexplicably -- the Amish girl.

This book celebrates friendship, and reminds the reader that a person is more than what is on the outside. I liked the authentic and eye-opening relationship that Moxie had with two of her teachers (helping her to see that adults are people too). It's also funny, which is always a hit. Though the conclusion was somewhat predictable (Moxie comes to term with her own unique gifts and personality), the way that Kimmel wrapped up the story was not predictable and completely satisfying.
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