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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.

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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.
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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: #7,114,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Kindle Edition
It is a story with a strong moral storyline, which is that the people who love you will stand by you no matter what. When a rebellious teen gets shipped off to her Uncle and cousins, because she has made one mistake too many, she sets off a string of events that will determine her future and that of the people around her. I think the book is reading material for teens, but perhaps less suited for younger adults. It was pleasant, but stayed a little safe for my liking, because I felt the adults reactions to her attitude and actions were much to marshmallow and honeydew. The storyline of Katie's vengence and the subsequent build up and situation that blows out of control, was well thought out and realistic for our era. Unfortunately lack of boundaries and impulse control makes teenagers violent and dangerous opponents in todays world. I received a free copy of this book for my review.
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Format: Kindle Edition
Book Title: "Misfit McCabe" & "Nowhere Feels Like Home"
Author: L.K. Gardner-Griffie
Published By: Shanlian Wordlit Press
Age Recommended: 14+
Reviewed By: Kitty Bullard
Raven Rating: 5

Review: L.K. Gardner-Griffie is a profound writer that knows teenagers so well! Both of her novels address very real issues of teenagers today and her heroine, Katie McCabe is fantastic. These books make for a great read for youngsters 14 and older. Both, Pearson Prize, Teen Choice Award winners they are by far some of the best, realistic teen novels I have read.
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Format: Paperback
A story brimming with all the right ingredients for that `awkward' age: growing up, relationships, finding a place in the world...

Packed with action from the start, this well written tale will have readers wanting to turn the pages.

I particularly liked the underlying humour, although mixed with a seriousness that borders the disturbing events, it shines enough to give us a glimpse of the true identity of the heroine...one to like and champion.

Certainly one for those `in-between'.
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Although this is a YA novel and I am no longer a young adult, I really enjoyed LK Gardner-Griffie's book, "Misfit McCabe." It transported me back to a time when I was responsible only for myself. My youthful experiences were different from Gardner-Griffie's main character Katie McCabe, but there were situations in my life that could have gone the same route as Katie's. "Misfit McCabe" made me think about the direction my life took and how easily things could have changed had I reacted to life differently.

Reading Misfit McCabe was a thought-provoking adventure. I was especially moved when Katie McCabe's father passed away. It was very real and very sad.

I am happy to say I am continuing on with losing myself in the next of the series with "Nowhere Feels Like Home."
I think LK Gardner-Griffie has written a wonderful series and I hope it has much success. It deserves the awards it has received and I highly recommend this series for all teenagers and big kids like me.
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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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