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The New Girl (Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls, Book 2) Mass Market Paperback – August 1, 2009

4.8 out of 5 stars 51 customer reviews

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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
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #371,626 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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This is my favorite book in the Allie finkle series! Its definitely the funniest book in the series. I love how much trouble Allie's grandmother causes over the stove. Allie's starting at a new school, and she's excited, but when a girl in her class threatens to beat her up, Allie isn't sure what to do! She gets advice from family and friends, but the decision is hers alone. Its such a funny book!
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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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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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Hi! I'm 8 years old and in the 2nd grade. This is a great book, but just one bad thing. Allie wrote in her essay, "But I will do anything for my little kitten, because she deserves it!". Yet, Allie didn't even see her kitten yet. Other than that, the book is great! The characters are sweet and funny, the plot is clean and interesting, and Allie is a sweet girl with a good brain. They don't have pictures, but that just means you have to use more of your imagination. Bye!
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This was purchased for my daughter, who is the same age as Allie Finkle. I got this for her to read during our move. She absolutely loved the book and requested to read the rest of the series. It's a great read for girls age 7 to 11.
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I got this book for my fourth grade girl, she and I just love the series. We read a couple of chapters each night, it's so funny! I think my daughter can really relate to Allie Finkle, there are some great lessons in the book. I would recommend it to any girl or any mom who has a older elementary school age girl.
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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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