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After All, You're Callie Boone

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“Oh, fishsticks, tartar, and a side of fries!”

 

Runaway ferrets, former BFF drama-trauma, and one GIGANTIC (and very, very public) belly flop. No doubt about it, Callie Boone’s summer is CRUMMY. The only things keeping her afloat are dive practice with her dad and a top-secret Olympic dream. Then a boy named Hoot—who is NOT her boyfriend!—moves in next door and turns her world upside down and right-side up.

 

Just when things start looking up, real disaster strikes ...

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Overview

“Oh, fishsticks, tartar, and a side of fries!”

 

Runaway ferrets, former BFF drama-trauma, and one GIGANTIC (and very, very public) belly flop. No doubt about it, Callie Boone’s summer is CRUMMY. The only things keeping her afloat are dive practice with her dad and a top-secret Olympic dream. Then a boy named Hoot—who is NOT her boyfriend!—moves in next door and turns her world upside down and right-side up.

 

Just when things start looking up, real disaster strikes and Callie feels like she’s stuck at the top of the high diving board with no way down. What if she can’t fix all the things that need fixing? She’ll just have to try! With a little luck, a solid plan, swimming, and a whole lot of teamwork, she just might make it through.

 

After all, she’s Callie Boone!

 

After All, You're Callie Boone is a 2011 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Callie’s process of self-discovery is realistic and appealing, as are the story's themes about the importance and rewards of compassion and support." —Booklist

 

“Good pacing leads the story to a climactic family tragedy in which Callie believably realizes the true meaning of friendship as well as the value in a strong, supportive, if quirky, family. Dive in, this story is fine.” —Kirkus Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this affable, sweet story, 11-year-old Callie Boone is devastated after her best friend inexplicably abandons her just before summer break. Her family, "officially the weirdest family on the block," with her former drill sergeant mother, ferret-loving uncle, and absentminded grandmother, doesn't make life any easier. When "total skateboarder" Hoot moves in next door and is determined to hang out with her, Callie thinks her summer can't get any worse. But Hoot turns out to be a supportive sidekick, as Callie trains with her father to make the diving team. Mack does an admirable job of making Callie realistically self-absorbed and dramatic, leaving readers both sympathetic toward and frustrated with her as a result. Callie's story moves along in a leisurely fashion--until the last few chapters, in which a heated argument erupts between Hoot and Callie and Callie's father suffers a heart attack. Young female readers should be attracted to Mack's earnest characters and hopeful message. Ages 9-12. (June)
School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—Eleven-year-old Callie's summer has gotten off to a bad start. Her large extended family, "the weirdest family on the block," embarrasses her in full view of the neighbors and her ex-best friend, Amy, who has dumped her in favor of snotty Samantha, leaving Callie feeling hurt and betrayed. Callie loves to swim but a humiliating belly flop finds her banned from the community pool. She yearns for a friend who still prefers riding bikes to mooning over boys. Then Hoot moves in next door and becomes an unexpected pal. The summer turns out to be an eventful one after all, with diving lessons with her dad, the chance to try out for an elite diving team, and a near-tragedy at home. Callie is a well-limned child with recognizable flaws and a rueful inner voice. The novel sometimes feels overfull of characters and story lines, but Mack's well-drawn personalities and lighthearted touch keep the narrative lively and engaging. Youngsters will find themselves laughing at Callie and her colorful family, even as they recognize themselves in her story.—Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA
Kirkus Reviews
Callie's summer looks glum. Hurt from being inexplicably dumped by her best friend and then banned from the community pool after a very public belly-flop, things seem like they can only get worse. Enter new next-door neighbor, Hoot, an easygoing boy who, refreshingly, does not get caught up in what everybody thinks. Soon Hoot's companionship and her beloved father's dedicated diving lessons help Callie evolve from a self-absorbed, self-conscious, easily influenced and rather self-pitying little girl into an understanding, hardworking, thicker-skinned and confident young adult. Mack has a knack for getting her well-developed characters' voices right, especially Callie's when she is caught in yet another embarrassing moment: "I felt hollow inside, like there was nothing but stale air where my bones and organs were supposed to be." Good pacing leads the story to a climactic family tragedy in which Callie believably realizes the true meaning of friendship as well as the value in a strong, supportive, if quirky, family. Dive in, this story is fine. (Fiction. 8-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781250027351
  • Publisher: Square Fish
  • Publication date: 6/25/2013
  • Edition description: STRIPPABLE
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,439,765
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.34 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

WINNE MACK was raised in Vancouver, where she was on the Otters swim team until she decided she “otter” stick with soccer. She has written lots of adult novels under another secret name, but After All, You're Callie Boone is her first novel for young readers. Now, she lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband, Mike, who is a much better diver than she is.

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  • Posted May 27, 2010

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    great mother and daughter read

    This is another book I truly loved reading to my 9 year-old daughter. What makes this book so appealing is that its themes are just as valuable to a parent as to a child-friendship, family values, doing your best is just as good as winning. What a bonus! Written with insight, humour, and lots of family interaction, author Winnie Mack-a writer of many adult novels under another pseudonym- has given us a great debut novel for young readers.

    Callie Boone is a likable kid, almost twelve, and experiencing the worst summer of her life. Her best friend ditches her for someone more "awesome", her family is the weirdest on the block and she may never live down her recent humiliation at the community pool. But then a boy named Hoot moves next door and teaches her the true meaning of friendship and family appreciation.

    Callie has a great relationship with her Dad who takes her regularly to diving practice and nurtures her dream to one day perform at the Olympics. But her Mom is an ex-drill-sergeant and always seems to be on her case. As the summer comes to an end, Callie will learn that relationships are two-way and require time and effort. Unlike some middle grade books that introduce boys and dating, in this story meeting Hoot is not about discovering the opposite sex but rather discovering a true friend. His friendship becomes important to Callie, especially when she has a hard time dealing with some family issues. For me, as a parent, this was a great message to a generation that begins to discover their sexuality too early.

    My daughter told me she also liked this book because it was about her favorite topics: friends, swimming and family. We really liked Callie's family. Through them we were able to see that all families have some dysfunctional aspects, but loving and respecting one another is paramount. The book comes to a satisfying conclusion, and Callie learns to be proactive in dealing with the things she struggles with. This book is perfect for mother and daughter book clubs or as a gift for that growing girl in your family.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2012

    Coolio


    I love this book so much!!!!! I just think that callie shouldn't care what other people think. Just be yourself.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2012

    D

    This book was awesome!! I loved it! But it does have a weird ending.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2012

    Awesome

    Best book ever! Loved it !

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 24, 2011

    An awesome read

    After all,your callie boone is an amazing read. It even made a stone soup book reveiw!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2014

    Anonymmouse cheese

    Weird cover how is thus book

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  • Posted March 21, 2014

    i have read all the comments all of ya guys made (well, not real

    i have read all the comments all of ya guys made (well, not really,,,, only the first 7....LOL) the first one helped a lot, so, I'm nine, for crying out loud,
    and i've been reading books since i was first born,  i was born with a book in my hands, (Litarly!) well, i wasn't exactly born with one in my hands but right after i was born someone gave me a book!
    i lost it a long time ago and i forget whats its called, Each book i read gives me a feeling inside of me, i feel like I'm gonna never be able to smile again after i finish a book, i hate finishing a book, i 
    wish books went on forever and ever, never stoping, can some more people tell me.... WHATS UP WITH THE BIKINI ON THE COVER?!?!?!? MY MOM WONT LET MY BUY IT FOR CRYING OUT LOUUD!
    and please, don't cry out loud, it hurts my ears. If anyone here will take the time to read this then i will tell you this....    READ Divergent! the only reason I'm doing a four is because i never read it before

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2012

    Help

    Okay so i need a book to read just for fun but i need to know if i should get this book

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2012

    OMG

    The sample makes me want to buy it and i am a DIVER MYSELF

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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