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Misfit McCabe: (A Misfit McCabe Novel) Paperback – September 26, 2009
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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.
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'.
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.
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.Read more ›
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You all know the drill... teen protagonist makes a mistake, suffers the consequences, learns a tidy life lesson and they all live happily every after. This isn't that book. Read morePublished on February 2, 2011 by Dan Marvin
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. Read more
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. Read morePublished on April 13, 2009 by Linda Welch