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Moving Day (Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls Series #1)

Moving Day (Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls Series #1)

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by Meg Cabot, Allie Finkle

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#1 New York Times bestselling author Meg Cabot's middle grade debut!

When nine-year-old Allie Finkle's parents announce that they are moving her and her brothers from their suburban split-level into an ancient Victorian in town, Allie's sure her life is over. She's not at all happy about having to give up her pretty pink wall-to-wall carpeting for creaky


#1 New York Times bestselling author Meg Cabot's middle grade debut!

When nine-year-old Allie Finkle's parents announce that they are moving her and her brothers from their suburban split-level into an ancient Victorian in town, Allie's sure her life is over. She's not at all happy about having to give up her pretty pink wall-to-wall carpeting for creaky floorboards and creepy secret passageways-not to mention leaving her modern, state-of-the-art suburban school for a rundown, old-fashioned school just two blocks from her new house.

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Allie Finkle is just nine years old, but she's convinced that the good part of her life is over. Her parents have moved her and her brothers from their moderately stylish home to a creaky old Victorian house in the weirdest part of town. Allie's adjustment to this pre-adolescent apocalypse is the subject of this exciting novel by Meg Cabot, best known as the author of the Princess Diaries.
Lauren Mechling
Though its tone is slightly younger than Cabot's books for teenagers, Moving Day still brims with vintage Cabot humor and inventiveness. There's the heroine's absurd swirl of know-it-all-ness and cluelessness ("I am older than Mary Kay by a month. Possibly this is why I don't cry as often as she does, because I am more mature. Also, I am more used to hardship, not being an only child") and the droll details that are effortlessly tossed off, like the little brother who dreams of having a bedroom with velvet wallpaper and the boy who gives Mary Kay this charming birthday card: "Too bad Allie's moving, now you'll have no friends at all. Happy Birthday!"
—The New York Times
Publishers Weekly

Sands, known to audiobook aficionados as the teen gumshoe in Wendelin Van Draanen's Sammy Keyes series, brings all the angst of a powerless tween to bear in voicing this novel, first in a series. Nine-year-old Allie is unhappy that her parents are moving to a Victorian fixer-upper across town. Sands excels at conveying Allie's righteous indignation at the tumult her parents have caused, while also finding a conspiratorial tone to deliver Allie's plan for thwarting the sale of her current home. She also has fun squeaking out the dopey ideas of Allie's little brothers (one requests velvet pirate wallpaper for his new bedroom), although they sound a bit alike. Allie's mother is voiced in a syrupy parody of a sitcom mother-knows-best, which works, but emphasizes the material as better suited for tweens with headsets than the whole family on the car speakers. Ages 8-12. Simultaneous release with the Scholastic hardcover (Reviews, Feb. 11).(Apr.)

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Children's Literature
AGERANGE: Ages 7 to 12.

Allie Finkle is a fourth grader who enjoys subjects like science and math--they have specific rules to follow in order to get a correct answer or result. Other subjects such as English and…well…friendship are hard because there are not any set rules to make a good English paper or the perfect friend. That is why Allie has decided to come up with a book of rules for girls (such as "don't stick a spatula down your best friend's throat" or "don't put your cat in a suitcase"). If Allie writes down the rules, then she might be able to figure out how to be a good friend. The only problem is that her parents have decided that their family is moving. Now Allie has to juggle trying to sabotage the move (i.e. stopping the sale of their house) and try to keep up with her best friend, who hates her guts (she did stick the spatula down her throat). Allie's adventures are both humorous and entertaining. Elementary school readers will love Allie's quirky thought process as she navigates the world of best friends and neighborhood animal rights. With the first glance of Allie on the cover (who happens to look like a ten-year-old Mary Kate/Ashley Olsen), readers will fall in love with this spunky character. Reviewer: Joella Peterson

School Library Journal

Gr 3-5- At first, nine-year-old Allie Finkle seems rather unlikable. She's hard on her best friend (who is very quick to tears) and acts bratty when her parents tell her the family will be moving. And even though she's promised a kitten, and prefers her new school and the more engaging friend she'll have next door once they move, she's determined to sabotage the event. However, the girl's worries are nuanced and age-appropriate. By the book's end Allie does show a more caring side, even though her methods are not always appreciated by the adults around her. Chapters all begin with one of Allie's rules ("Don't Stick a Spatula Down Your Best Friend's Throat," or "When You Finally Figure Out What the Right Thing to Do Is, You Have to Do It, Even If You Don't Want To") that, while amusing, may quickly become tiresome for some readers. With good intentions and reckless results, 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.-Tina Zubak, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA

Kirkus Reviews
Like every other kid lately, nine-year-old Allie Finkle is developing her list of rules for friendships, school situations, family and overall life. Dos and don'ts for any newly minted tween can get pretty complicated when an already unsettling relationship with a so-called best friend is augmented by one's parents' decision to sell their comfortable suburban dwelling and move to an un-renovated Victorian-style, 100-year-old gloomy and possibly haunted house in the city. And, what about the new (really old and crowded) school and a fourth grade filled with unfriendly faces? Allie is stressed but decides to take charge by hatching a scheme to prevent the sale of her suburban house and thus, the move. Cabot's endearing, funny and clever protagonist will have readers simultaneously chuckling and commiserating as succeeding chapters introduce individual "rules" for Allie to contemplate and accept. Lessons on friendship and fickleness, sneaky behavior, lying, animal cruelty and theft (although paying for a "rescued" pet turtle that was never for sale may raise some eyebrows) merge to create a humorous and heartwarming story. Allie's first-person voice is completely believable with just the right amount of tongue-in-cheek wit. Despite the now-overdone rules concept, readers will eagerly await Allie's next installment in her new home, school and neighborhood. (Fiction. 8-11)

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Scholastic, Inc.
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Allie Finkle's Rules For Girls Series , #1
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Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.80(d)
850L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet 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.

Brief Biography

New York, New York
Place of Birth:
Bloomington, Indiana
B.A. in fine arts, Indiana University, 1991

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Moving Day 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 245 reviews.
IHeart2Read More than 1 year ago
My first book of Ms. Cabot's was The Boy Next Door (which I loved and still recommend quite often) and from there I was introduced to the Heather Wells mystery series. I've enjoyed her books so much, that I spent most of my time last year reading her young adult collection. So when I heard she was working on a new children's series, I was curious to know more about it. Meet Allie Finkle. She's nine years old, currently in the fourth grade, big sister to Mark and Kevin and best friends with Mary Kay. Okay, may be Allie would like to have a new best friend. Someone who doesn't cry all the time. Or someone who will allow Allie to decide what game to play next. Other than that, Allie's life is pretty good. Until her parents say these two small words: "we're moving". Why would her parents leave their gorgeous home only to move into a falling-down Victorian? (Let's not even talk about that fact the house is probably haunted!) On top of that, her new school isn't so "new". The building is rundown and the gym is also the lunchroom! (Eww.need I say more??) Allie has to think of something quick before her parents ruin her life. She's promised to be on her best behavior and not complain about the move. If she keeps her promise, her parents will allow her to have her very own pet: a kitten (the family also has a dog). The question is, can she stop the move, but still get the kitten? I love Allie Finkle! Allie is a cute girl, with a big heart, who is trying to do the right thing all the time. To make sure she stays on the right path, she created rules for herself. Here are some of her rules: * When you finally figure out what the right thing to do is, you have to do it, even if you don't want to. * Don't be a braggart. * Sometimes (but not always) it's better just to keep things to yourself. * You can't let your family move into a haunted house. * If you get a new best friend, it's rude to show off about it. If I were nine again, I would want Allie to be my friend. She's creative, energetic, spunky and just fun! I loved reading Moving Day and cannot wait to read more from this series. Random tidbit: Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls series would be a wonderful selection for a mother/daughter book club. 4.5 Stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved Allie Finkle's Rules For Girls! I read it last year because it was at my school's Book Fair, and I didn't expect it to be as good as it was! I own all 3 books and I can't wait to get the 4th one. Meg Cabot created a great character when she wrote this book: Allie. They way she talks is just like a real kid, and they way she copes with her little brothers and school and life in general is realistic and funny. If you like books that draw you in so much you feel like you are right there with the character, along with events you can relate to, you'll love Allie Finkle's Rules For Girls: Moving Day. I sure did!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am 22 yrs old and I was a huge fan of the Princess Diaries series in middle school. Meg Cabot does such a wonderful job of bringing the characters to life, you can imagine yourself as Allie. This book is so funny and believable. Allie learns many life lessons in her short chaotic journey during this "tough" time in her life. It's a great story for girls of all ages. I highly recommend this to anyone who wants a fun story to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My favorite seris cant get over them i am 12 and still love them and once i start i cant stop and put the book down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When i read this book i fell in love. I had to buy the others. I would recamend this book to ages 9 to 12. I would think this book would be more for girlz...... but if guys like it then they can go right ahead. I would totally recamend this book!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am reading this book right now even though not on my nook i still love it i think it can also be for teens because i am 13 and i still like this book and will like it years later recomend for all ages even teenagers
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is such a spectacular book! I loved it! :)
soccergirl310 More than 1 year ago
This book is HILLARIOUS! I love how Allie keeps a book of rules! I also love it how her rules are so funny and then she also is going through a move, which I am, too. It's hard fitting in and going through that so this book cheers me up! I reccommend this book to everyone who has moved and needs some cheering up, or just anyone in need of a good laugh!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book will make you very curious. If you like mysterys, you'll defintilly like this. I wouldn't say this is a mystery, but it sure will make you want to read it more and more! I love these series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was so good! I was reading it nonstop for 2 days straight the book was so good. I literally could not put the book down. (I mean I couldn't put my NOOK¿ down.) I was so into the whole concept od the story, too. I mean I know what it's like to move to a whole new house. Only when I moved, we didn't switch schools. We actually moved closer to our school. But I still know how it feels to be under the pressure of moving. So I guess the story stood out not only because it was really good, but also because, in a way, I connected to it as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Allie is ausome. She is so funny. I cant beleve she stole the turtle from lun chung
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved these books in fouth grade even though hey are simple they are cute and funny about a fourth grade girl that juat wants to fit in
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Purfect great awesome book for 8-12
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best book ever i highly recomend it to anyone but whats funny is that im also in 4th grade though im ten years old. Now people if you read this please for the sake if people like me who write the date please write the exact date please. I write that every time i write a review. Best book ever. You will not regret buying this. (Write the date please) 4/19/2012
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ive red the whole series and its pritty good. Its funny and fun to read. It also shows how being the new girl can be supper hard.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a good book,im gonna read all the series.Im on #2
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thats a lot I mean 4.91 for a book!? But it dose look good!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have just started reading this book and i know its going to be real good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow so can some one post some thing for me its my birth day
iloveyou23 More than 1 year ago
I read the first book of Allie finkle this year, 2009. It was the greatest book EVER! I finished it in less than a week because it was SO interesting and funny. I discovered allie finkle from my school's library and from reading the princess diaries series from Ms.Cabot also. I just love this book and im hoping to check out the second book from the library!
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Reccomended for... umm... oh wait, NOBODY!! Except for maybe... nevermind.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book. I read it and I coulden't put it down. I really think should read this book