The Encyclopedia of Me

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Overview


A is for "Tink Aaron-Martin," "Aardvark," and "Amazing" in this wonderful alphabetical novel!

Tink Aaron-Martin has been grounded AGAIN after an adventure with her best friend Freddie Blue Anderson. To make the time pass, she decides to write an encyclopedia of her life from "Aa" (a kind of lava--okay, she cribbed that from the real encyclopedia) to "Zoo" (she's never been to one, but her brothers belong there).

As the alphabet unfolds, so ...

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Overview


A is for "Tink Aaron-Martin," "Aardvark," and "Amazing" in this wonderful alphabetical novel!

Tink Aaron-Martin has been grounded AGAIN after an adventure with her best friend Freddie Blue Anderson. To make the time pass, she decides to write an encyclopedia of her life from "Aa" (a kind of lava--okay, she cribbed that from the real encyclopedia) to "Zoo" (she's never been to one, but her brothers belong there).

As the alphabet unfolds, so does the story of Tink's summer: more adventures with Freddie Blue (and more experiences in being grounded); how her family was featured in a magazine about "Living with Autism," thanks to her older brother Seb--and what happened after Seb fell apart; her growing friendship, and maybe more, with Kai, a skateboarder who made her swoon (sort of). And her own sense that maybe she belongs not under "H" for "Hideous," or "I" for "Invisible," but "O" for "Okay."

Written entirely in Tink's hilarious encyclopedia entries, THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF ME is both a witty trick and a reading treat for anyone who loves terrific middle-grade novels.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Rivers (What Is Real) uses a clever format—the story unfolds in encyclopedia entries instead of chapters—to introduce Isadora “Tink” Aaron-Martin, a candid, biracial almost-13-year-old who has some time on her hands while she’s grounded over the summer. Inspired by her father’s set of “ancient” encyclopedias, Tink sets out to write her own version (complete with footnotes), inviting readers to examine the people, places, and significant events in her corner of the universe. From Aa (“Almost always the first entry in any encyclopedia”) to “Zetroc Prom, The,” Tink recounts her tumultuous family life (one of her older brothers is autistic), her vacillating frustration with and loyalty toward her BFF, and her crush on “Boy, Blue-Haired, Who Just Moved in Next Door.” Tink lives up to her early claim of being an “unstoppable force of encyclopedia-writing brilliance,” providing pearls of adolescent wisdom, dazzling accounts of adventure, and one near brush with fame. Tink’s first-person narrative is vibrant and exuberantly opinionated, whether she is describing life with her hairless cat or pondering the meaning of her first kiss. Ages 10–14. Agent: FinePrint Literary Management. (Sept.)
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"Diminutive, biracial, freckled Isadora “Tink” Aaron-Martin is grounded for most of the summer after an incident with her best friend. She decides to write an encyclopedia, and in spite of the artificiality of the alphabetical format, Rivers has created a warm, funny, fast-paced story about an endearing middle schooler who keeps her cool and sense of humor when events spin out of control. Tink explains her role as the “Peacemaker” in a dysfunctional family whose lives tiptoe around the moods and rages of Tink’s autistic older brother, Seb. As the summer progresses she finds friendship and a tender and diffident love interest in the boy next door, is humiliated in a disastrous photo shoot for a magazine article about families living with autistic children, and becomes good at skateboarding, an activity that replaces the detested ballet classes she has been taking at her mother’s behest. When Seb becomes violent, leaving his twin brother badly hurt, Tink finally decides she has had enough of her peacemaking role. “Z” finds her in the arms of her boyfriend at the Zetroc Prom. Rivers delivers an appealingly heroine in Tink. She is original and authentic, and her story flows easily in spite of the tricky format." - Jane Barrer, School Library Journal starred review
Kirkus Reviews
Cleverly woven through the titular encyclopedia--with entries as seemingly mundane as "Apple" and "Oxen"--is the touchingly real and often humorous story of a preteen's struggles with family, friendship and first love. Isadora "Tink" Aaron-Martin, nearly 13, means to make the most of her recent grounding by using her time on house arrest to write an encyclopedia, heavily annotated with footnotes. Frustrated by her reputation as the peacemaker, Tink's entries about life with an autistic brother are fresh and painfully honest. Rivers doesn't tiptoe around the destructive impact the syndrome can have on a family. Rather, through Tink, she explores what it's like to grow up in a house where everyone is constantly walking on eggshells, waiting for the next violent outburst. But family isn't the only place where Tink feels invisible. She also walks in the shadow of her "best friend," Freddie Blue Anderson, who seems to care more about being "pops" (popular) than about Tink. It isn't until a blue-haired skateboarder named Kai moves in next door that she gradually finds the strength to put herself first, both at home and at school. Though the footnotes feel gimmicky and distracting, readers will likely be able to look past them (or just skip over them) and cheer for Tink as she comes into her own. (Fiction. 12-14)
School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—Diminutive, biracial, freckled Isadora "Tink" Aaron-Martin is grounded for most of the summer after an incident with her best friend. She decides to write an encyclopedia, and in spite of the artificiality of the alphabetical format, Rivers has created a warm, funny, fast-paced story about an endearing middle schooler who keeps her cool and sense of humor when events spin out of control. Tink explains her role as the "Peacemaker" in a dysfunctional family whose lives tiptoe around the moods and rages of Tink's autistic older brother, Seb. As the summer progresses she finds friendship and a tender and diffident love interest in the boy next door, is humiliated in a disastrous photo shoot for a magazine article about families living with autistic children, and becomes good at skateboarding, an activity that replaces the detested ballet classes she has been taking at her mother's behest. When Seb becomes violent, leaving his twin brother badly hurt, Tink finally decides she has had enough of her peacemaking role. "Z" finds her in the arms of her boyfriend at the Zetroc Prom. Rivers delivers an appealingly heroine in Tink. She is original and authentic, and her story flows easily in spite of the tricky format.—Jane Barrer, Steinway Intermediate School, Long Island City, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545310284
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2012
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 776,978
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 760L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Karen Rivers writes rich and funny novels for middle-grade readers, young adults, and the occasional grown-up. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia, with her two children and a noxious-smelling dog. Visit her online at http://www.karenrivers.com and @karenrivers.
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  • Posted September 4, 2012

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    The Encyclopedia of Me takes you on a journey through Tinker¿s e

    The Encyclopedia of Me takes you on a journey through Tinker’s everyday life in an encyclopedia format. To be honest, I was wary of this type of format, since I am not the biggest fan of verse novels and I was afraid the plot wouldn’t flow and the story would be distorted. However The Encyclopedia of Me was full of laughter, useful information (its an encyclopedia!) and a cute 13-year old female protagonist that has the funniest thoughts, ideas, and interesting tales. My only problem with her was her naivety towards her supposed best friend.
    The story revolves around Tinker, a 13 year old girl who decided to start writing an encyclopedia because she got grounded over something oh so hilair (yup, this word is part of the encyclopedia) but her parents thought otherwise. Her everyday life is integrated in the encyclopedia through the alphabetical letters. We’ve got the Blue haired boy, Hairless cat (which won’t stop scratching her!), Skateboarding (her new hobby), and more. The footnotes are also amaz (Yup, another word from her pops lingo). I honestly was cracking up because Karen Rivers knew how to portray a witty, smart, 13 year old. One with spunk, creativity, and everyday life problems a 13 year old would face. Adding in some angst with the so ever annoying best friend, a blue haired crush, and a bit of trouble and you've got yourself Tinker's Encyclopedia!
    Karen Rivers has written a cute, hilarious (how many times have I said that?) contemporary novel that appeals to all teenagers. Since this is a middle grade novel, and I am no middle grader, my rating is perspective. I honestly think middle graders would switch to this encyclopedia and ditch the other boring ones as soon as they get their hands on this book!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2013

    beetle

    read this boik! its awesome!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2013

    It was a great sample and really want to read the book...

    Soooooooooo good! Defenitly going to buy the book( if i have enough $)

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2013

    Should i read rhi Should i

    Do you rhink i shhould read this book? This is not my nook so my sister might get mad at me

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2013

    Awesome

    This is a book about tinks or isadoras life she starts to like the new neighbor then boyfriend!!!!!!but wat about her friend wat if she likes him?

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2013

    Keendie

    Your mean!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2013

    For All You Cats

    whats with the whole cat thing? id appriciate it if u cat people just stopped. its so wrong that u guys communicate here because its ment to be for book reviews. just stop okay????? if you don't well you'll get your reward. and let me tell u.... u won't like it at all

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    Posted February 12, 2013

    Flameclan message

    We would like to joint clans with you we are flameclan.
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    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2013

    Raintail

    Layed in nest and sared off into space. He layed his head in hia paws and stated to doze off.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2013

    Switchfoot

    "Miststar's expecting kits!"

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2013

    Shadowclaw

    Want to do it now mate *he says sed.uctivly*

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2013

    Ashfur

    "Um.. Im Ashfur, if its ok i want to join as med cat..."

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  • Posted January 13, 2013

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    Tink decides that an encyclopedia of her life would be just the

    Tink decides that an encyclopedia of her life would be just the right thing to help her get through middle school and all the drama in her life.  She is the child of a "white redhead" and an African-American, she is short, and her two older twin brothers often just make her crazy.  One of the twins, Seb, has autism.  Tink's BFF, Freddie Blue, is a true blue friend, at least for a little while.  There seems to be a competition between the girls as to who will have the first boyfriend, and while Tink always assumed it would be Freddie Blue, there is a certain boy who just moved in next door who has caught Tink's eye.  The teen drama is authentic, from Freddie Blue's ditching of her oldest friend for the mean, popular girl, to the nervous fluttering of hearts as Tink and Kai smash lips for the first time, to the breakfast of champs on the first day of eighth grade. ("Then I ate four Oreaos for strength.") Tink interjects footnotes on many of the pages, a reference note many middle school students may (sadly) not be familiar with.  Lots of humor, lots of teen drama.  A great addition to middle school libraries.  For an alpha-biography from a teen boy's point of view, check out the fantastic "Totally Joe" by James Howe. 

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted January 5, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2013

    Lightheart

    Hello love. Licks stormfurs head. (U r RPing Emberkit). Specklekit, look look its Daddy. Daddy Daddy. Lightheart looks at them with love in her eyes.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2013

    Stomfur

    Sighed. "Well, this clan is dead" Takes a stick and writes a note on the ground. "Miststar - Bye. Im sure well meet again. The truth is.... I Love you.... so anyways, hope you have a good future. Signed, Stormfur". Then, he padds out, his silver tail the last thing ou saw

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2012

    This book is amazing! It is written in the form of an encycloped

    This book is amazing! It is written in the form of an encyclopedia, so everything is alphabetical. But she is still able to tell her story in a way that makes sense. I would reccomend this book to all teenagers. 

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2014

    Wow!!!!!

    This will forever be my favorite book. Recondamation is 100%!!!!! READ IT NOW!!!!!!!! :D

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    Starshine

    Flies past.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2014

    The best

    I love this book it was a genius mix of alphabetical order and the everyday life of a girl like me.

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