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Remarkable Hardcover – April 12, 2012
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What I liked and disliked about it:
I liked that some people weren't really who they were and they were actually somebody else. That made the story more interesting. I liked the Lake Monster named Lucky because she was cute and it was cool that only some people could see her. I wouldn't like to be in Jane's family because everybody was always too busy and they all pretty much ignore her.
Even if it was a long book, it was not too hard to read it. I didn't like that Jane's Grandpa had to go to jail - that part of the story made me sad.
My bottom line:
I loved, loved, loved this book. I think girls and boys my age and older would also love, love, love this book.
What I liked and disliked about it:
I knew once I read the preface to the book, that I was going to really enjoy reading it. In fact, I would say that the preface is necessary in setting the tone for the book: wry, quirky, and whimsical. Foley's descriptions of the people in Remarkable, their inner thought processes, and the dialogue between characters had me laughing out loud.
Outside of Jane who is largely ordinary, each of the characters is so over-the-top outrageous but Foley describes them in such a way that you can imagine the people in your life having those same characteristics in real life - only in this book, it would multiplied by 100.Read more ›
"'Remarkable' by Lizzie K. Foley is a very funny, interesting book.
"Have you ever wondered where remarkable people go to live? The musicians who rival Mozart, the scientists who win three Nobel Prizes, the artists and authors whose works are known all over the globe?
"They all live in Remarkable.
"In the quaint town of Remarkable, *everyone* is remarkable: they either have perfect pitch, a dog that's won 61 national dog shows, are able to make perfect pies or something else. Either way, they are all remarkable.
"Everyone, that is, except for Jane.Read more ›
Our heroine has the misfortune of being an, on the surface, average girl born into a highly above average family, that lives in a town full of brilliant over-achievers...along with a few scallywags and math whizzes. "Now all babies are beautiful, but some babies are less beautiful than others, and then there are some babies who are just beautifully plain." Enter Jane Doe, a girl whose only crime is that she is average. In that town, Jane might as well be invisible, her only claim to fame being that she might be an authority on mediocrity, a condition no one else could possibly know anything about. Jane's grandpa is also under-degreed and un-sparkly, so they are fast friends and cohorts, strange allies who move through their days virtually invisible UNTIL suddenly they both find themselves up rubbing elbows with pirates, getting thrown in jail, (Grandpa John a real jail, Jane a birdcage) keeping secrets, and having something to do with a weather machine. The book is great fun and the dialogue a joy, where people say things like : "How dare you! As a prizewinning novelist, I order you to take those cuffs off immediately!Read more ›
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Every name is remarkably long, every description unremarkably contains the word remarkable. If the title of my review and the use of remarkable is already getting to you, than... Read morePublished 1 month ago by HawkTail
I read Remarkable with my 5 and 7 year old (boy and girl), and we all loved it. Excellent writing, fun vocabulary, interesting story, and nice message. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Rachel A. Dale
This is one of the best books I've ever read. It is funny and suspenseful. Remarkable is about Jane Doe, who along with her grandfather, John Doe, are remarkably ordinary in a... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Blessed Mama
Such an amazing book! I personally think this is one of the best books in the world. I think it gives you the chance to see who you really are. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Pam
I love this book not only do the characters all have a secret or something that u never knew but there is always a new surprise just around the corner I just love this book read it... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Schaef!
Jane Doe is an ordinary girl in a town full of people with remarkable talents. Her brother is an amazing painter, her sister a math whiz, her father a noteworthy novelist, and her... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Katharine Manning
My 4th grade daughter enjoyed the book but felt it was a bit predictable.Published 13 months ago by RWM
Here's what one of my 10-year-old students had to say about the book:
"If you haven't read Remarkable yet, you should go get it! Read more