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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 9
  • Lexile Measure: 760L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books; 1 edition (September 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545310288
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545310284
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #384,171 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 5-8-Diminutive, biracial, freckled Isadora "Tink" Aaron-Martin is grounded for most of the summer after an incident with her best friend. She decides to write an encyclopedia, and in spite of the artificiality of the alphabetical format, Rivers has created a warm, funny, fast-paced story about an endearing middle schooler who keeps her cool and sense of humor when events spin out of control. Tink explains her role as the "Peacemaker" in a dysfunctional family whose lives tiptoe around the moods and rages of Tink's autistic older brother, Seb. As the summer progresses she finds friendship and a tender and diffident love interest in the boy next door, is humiliated in a disastrous photo shoot for a magazine article about families living with autistic children, and becomes good at skateboarding, an activity that replaces the detested ballet classes she has been taking at her mother's behest. When Seb becomes violent, leaving his twin brother badly hurt, Tink finally decides she has had enough of her peacemaking role. "Z" finds her in the arms of her boyfriend at the Zetroc Prom. Rivers delivers an appealingly heroine in Tink. She is original and authentic, and her story flows easily in spite of the tricky format.-Jane Barrer, Steinway Intermediate School, Long Island City, NYα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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"Diminutive, biracial, freckled Isadora “Tink” Aaron-Martin is grounded for most of the summer after an incident with her best friend. She decides to write an encyclopedia, and in spite of the artificiality of the alphabetical format, Rivers has created a warm, funny, fast-paced story about an endearing middle schooler who keeps her cool and sense of humor when events spin out of control. Tink explains her role as the “Peacemaker” in a dysfunctional family whose lives tiptoe around the moods and rages of Tink’s autistic older brother, Seb. As the summer progresses she finds friendship and a tender and diffident love interest in the boy next door, is humiliated in a disastrous photo shoot for a magazine article about families living with autistic children, and becomes good at skateboarding, an activity that replaces the detested ballet classes she has been taking at her mother’s behest. When Seb becomes violent, leaving his twin brother badly hurt, Tink finally decides she has had enough of her peacemaking role. “Z” finds her in the arms of her boyfriend at the Zetroc Prom. Rivers delivers an appealingly heroine in Tink. She is original and authentic, and her story flows easily in spite of the tricky format." - Jane Barrer, School Library Journal starred review

More About the Author

Karen Rivers is the author of fourteen novels for adults, young adults and middle-grade readers. Her books have been nominated for numerous awards. She lives in Victoria, BC, with two kids and a dog named Happy.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Maggie Knapp on December 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Eighth grader Tink Aaron-Martin decides to write an encyclopedia about her life, including entries for her older twin brothers (one is autistic, one isn't) her parents (different races), her BFF, the boy she likes, the embarrassing things that happen at school, mundane bits of life and more more, complete with footnotes and cross indexing. Lots of cleverness that feels like it's trying awfully hard but is still fun. This books reminded me of Georgia Nicholson's diaries (ANGUS, THONGS AND FULL FRONTAL SNOGGING et al) but felt more effortful. For a funny, politically correct romp of a book, young teens should considering reading this. And if you don't agree with all the entries...well...too bad! Tink declares, via "The Supreme Court of Me" that it's her encyclopedia and There Are No Rules!
About me: I'm a middle school/high school librarian
How I got this book: purchased for the library
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Juhina & Farah @ Maji Bookshelf on September 4, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
The Encyclopedia of Me takes you on a journey through Tinker's everyday life in an encyclopedia format. To be honest, I was wary of this type of format, since I am not the biggest fan of verse novels and I was afraid the plot wouldn't flow and the story would be distorted. However The Encyclopedia of Me was full of laughter, useful information (its an encyclopedia!) and a cute 13-year old female protagonist that has the funniest thoughts, ideas, and interesting tales. My only problem with her was her naivety towards her supposed best friend.
The story revolves around Tinker, a 13 year old girl who decided to start writing an encyclopedia because she got grounded over something oh so hilair (yup, this word is part of the encyclopedia) but her parents thought otherwise. Her everyday life is integrated in the encyclopedia through the alphabetical letters. We've got the Blue haired boy, Hairless cat (which won't stop scratching her!), Skateboarding (her new hobby), and more. The footnotes are also amaz (Yup, another word from her pops lingo). I honestly was cracking up because Karen Rivers knew how to portray a witty, smart, 13 year old. One with spunk, creativity, and everyday life problems a 13 year old would face. Adding in some angst with the so ever annoying best friend, a blue haired crush, and a bit of trouble and you've got yourself Tinker's Encyclopedia!
Karen Rivers has written a cute, hilarious (how many times have I said that?) contemporary novel that appeals to all teenagers. Since this is a middle grade novel, and I am no middle grader, my rating is perspective. I honestly think middle graders would switch to this encyclopedia and ditch the other boring ones as soon as they get their hands on this book!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Little Willow on September 3, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Middle school librarians would be wise to add The Encyclopedia of Me by Karen Rivers to their shelves this fall. The book is, in a word, awesome. This memorable chronicle of one almost-thirteen-year-old girl's summer leading into her eighth grade year makes footnotes fun and reminds readers that the coolest thing to be is yourself.

Tink Aaron-Martin has decided to write a book called The Encyclopedia of Me. True to its title, the book includes detailed entries about all sorts of things, arranged in alphabetical order. As Tink leads us through her life from A to Z, we get to know her brothers (see Aaron-Martin, Sasha Alexei (Lex) and Aaron-Martin, Sebastian (Seb)), her father, her mother, her best friend (see Anderson, Freddie Blue), her worst enemies, and her new neighbor (see Boy, Blue-Haired, Who Just Moved in Next Door).

This is a great coming-of-age story. Tink makes it through a realistic mix of serious and not-so-serious dilemmas, ranging from wiping out while skateboarding to having your first crush to surviving an embarrassing birthday party. She also has to deal with older brothers: one of them is stinky, the other autistic. Tink is often called the Peacemaker in her typically chaotic household. Though her family often frustrates her, she does love them. As she comes to realize things about her best friend, her family, and her future, she takes the time to appreciate what she has and who she is, and she's not afraid to stand up for the people she cares about, or for herself.

Tink tells it like it is. Though she sometimes holds her tongue when her best friend does something she thinks is phony or out-of-character, she's always honest with herself, and honest in her narrative. She's a very reliable narrator.
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By Jude on September 17, 2014
Format: Hardcover
~3/5

[More of my reviews are available on my blog, Geeky Reading, to which there's a link on my profile.]

When I picked this up, I thought it was going to be a short, cute young adult novel. Instead, it’s a middle grade novel, and that changed a lot of things.

I will say that I love the premise of the book. Telling a story by the alphabet, like in an encyclopedia, is a great idea. And the cover is adorable, so that helps. The set-up, and even some of the book, was rather cute. Very light hearted. And there was some development, which I liked. I really liked Tink’s family, and their progress.

But the characters were much more immature than I thought they would be. Although, if I was younger, I definitely would have liked that a lot more. But I’m over the whole, making new words, talking in text speak, having crushes on boys and liking the popular girls and then moving on from one thing to another in days. None of that really works for me anymore. I didn’t really relate to the character, either, probably because she isn’t quite like I was when I was that age. Although, I still think I would have liked it more had I read this while in middle school. Particularly the writing, which is immature, with all capped words and exclamation points and text speak and made up words. I just don’t care for that too much anymore.

I did find some of this book cute--I did like how Tink matured by the end, and I did like her family, and even some of her thoughts on things, especially the view on autism. It was a bit cute, and very fast. But overall it just isn’t really my type of book.
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