The Reinvention of Moxie Roosevelt

The Reinvention of Moxie Roosevelt

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by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel
     
 

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Moxie Roosevelt Kipper is an ordinary girl with an extraordinary name, but that is about to change. She's starting boarding school, and it's time to reinvent herself-to become worthy of a name like "Moxie." So she tries a bunch of personalities to try to figure out which one suits her best. But she quickly loses track of who she actually is and who she's supposed

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Moxie Roosevelt Kipper is an ordinary girl with an extraordinary name, but that is about to change. She's starting boarding school, and it's time to reinvent herself-to become worthy of a name like "Moxie." So she tries a bunch of personalities to try to figure out which one suits her best. But she quickly loses track of who she actually is and who she's supposed to be at any given moment! And as Moxie deals with new friendships and new situations, she comes to realize that boarding school is not what it seems and she's not the only one who isn't what she claims to be.

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Children's Literature - Annie Laura Smith
When Moxie Roosevelt Kipper enters Eaton Academy, a prestigious girls' boarding school, on a music scholarship, she struggles to fit in. How can a girl maintain named after an obscure 1920s soft drink, two dead presidents, and a pickled herring maintain a shred of self respect in school? Never mind that her roommate is named Spinky Spanger and has crew cut green hair, piercings, a dog collar, and tattoos. Should Moxie assume a different identity? How about Mysterious Earth Goddess (MEG)? Hale and Hearty Sports Enthusiast (HHSE)? Assertive Revolutionary Activist (ARA) or Detached, Unique, Coolly Knowing Individual (DUCKI)? As she tries all of these identities, and more, she keeps a journal of her endeavors. Along the way she meets others with equally complicated identities. Others she meets are not who they appear to be. When her journal disappears, Moxie fears her fake identities will be exposed. This is a funny story about a very sympathetic character, on the complicated journey to self-discovery. When Moxie finally realizes that true friends like you for who you are, she embraces her real identity. This is an excellent read for young readers, many of whom are also on same path to self-discovery and can relate to Moxie's journey. Reviewer: Annie Laura Smith
School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—Moxie Roosevelt Kipper, 13, has always felt too ordinary for her extraordinary name, and she plans to reinvent herself now that she has gone away to boarding school on a music scholarship. At the Eaton Academy for Girls, she tries out several personas, including Mysterious Earth Goddess (MEG), Hale and Hearty Sports Enthusiast (HHSE), and Detached, Unique, Coolly Knowing Individual (DUCKI). Moxie keeps a logbook just to remember which personality she's been using with whom. It's exhausting, but she's holding it together, just barely, until she realizes that her journal is missing. She's terrified it might land in the wrong hands. Moxie is every young teen who believes that other people's lives are more exciting than her own and wants to make herself special, too. While her misadventures are hilarious, Moxie is an endearing, complex character with whom young adults can easily identify. In the end, she realizes that true friends like you for who you are and enjoy differences as well as similarities. This great book has a good message without ever becoming preachy.—Nancy P. Reeder, Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, Columbia, SC
Kirkus Reviews
Thirteen-year-old Moxie is fully cognizant of the burdens attendant upon being named after two presidents and an obscure soft drink. Feeling that she has failed to live up to her moniker, the burgeoning pianist longs to shed her perceived bland persona. A music scholarship to an all-girls boarding school provides Moxie with the opportunity for change. Like a human chameleon, Moxie adjusts her personality to reflect the intriguing people she meets. Her reluctant participation in a confidence-building comedy workshop provides Moxie with the tools to overcome her insecurities. Ultimately she learns to test her mettle, musically and personally, leading to her recognition of the parallels between her musical endeavors and the development of her identity. Kimmel's sharply observed novel reflects a keen understanding of the agony of self-definition that is adolescence. Readers will cheer for Moxie as she charts her path toward self-acceptance. (Fiction. 10-14)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142418703
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
06/09/2011
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
10 Years

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Elizabeth Cody Kimmel lives in Cold Spring, New York.

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