All Mixed Up! #1

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All Mixed Up! #1 by Kim Wayans, Kevin Knotts, Soo Jeong

After years of being home schooled, Amy Hodges is excited to start fourth grade at a ?real? school. On Amy?s first day, she gets teased not only because she is new, but also because she looks different. Amy is part Asian, Caucasian, and African American. Eventually, Amy meets a group of nice kids and one of them even affectionately gives her the nickname ?Amy Hodgepodge? since she?s a mix of so many races. But when their teacher announces that the annual talent show is coming up, Amy wonders if her new friends will want to include her, too.

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ISBN-13: 9780448448541
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date: 05/29/2008
Series: Amy Hodgepodge Series
Pages: 112
Product dimensions: 7.56(w) x 5.08(h) x 0.23(d)
Lexile: 580L (what's this?)
Age Range: 7 - 10 Years

About the Author

The Wayans Family is known for outstanding comedy, and Kim Wayans boasts an impressive track record with her acting, writing, producing, and directing. Kim made her debut in the 1990s, starring in the groundbreaking sketch-comedy show In Living Color, with brothers Keenen, Damon, Shawn, and Marlon. Most recently, Kim and her husband, Kevin Knotts, both worked on the TV sitcom My Wife and Kids; Kim as a writer, producer, and director, and Kevin as an actor and writer.

Kevin Knotts is an actor and writer. In addition to guest starring on and writing for My Wife and Kids, Kevin has penned three screenplays, one with his wife and writing partner, Kim Wayans. They live in Los Angeles, California.

Soo Jeong lives in Los Angeles, California.

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All Mixed Up! #1 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
AnnetteOC More than 1 year ago
I stumbled across the <i>Amy HodgePodge</i> children&rsquo;s book series (2008) while browsing the gift shop at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles. The cover clearly advertised what book one was about: a black girl and a white girl picking on a mixed girl. Gee, where was stuff like this when I was eight? Multiethnic and tri-racial, shy Amy Hodges has to adjust as both the new girl in town and as an ex-homeschooler now attending Emerson Charter School. Unlike Cady Heron (Lindsay Lohan) in <i>Mean Girls</i> (2004), Amy is shunned by her more popular classmates for looking a bit strange. With the help of some cool new friends &ndash; other strange-looking outcasts &ndash; Amy builds self-confidence. The outcast&rsquo;s experience is something of a theme with black author Kim Wayans, who also played the part of a concerned religious mother in the drama <i>Pariah</i> (2011), a story about the &ldquo;coming out&rdquo; of a lesbian teen. It&rsquo;s unclear whether Wayans work at all reflects her personal experiences, reactions to her interracial marriage with white co-author Kevin Knotts. From a homeschooling perspective, too much about the story was left unsaid. Amy insists on attending school, but it&rsquo;s never made clear why. Feelings of claustrophobia? Desire to socialize with kids her age? Boredom? We&rsquo;re never told. And I was puzzled as to why her parents chose to homeschool in the first place. I was purposely sheltered from the cruel racist world, and I&rsquo;ve met many mixed kids who&rsquo;ve voiced opinion that they wish they&rsquo;d been home educated as well. If this was Amy&rsquo;s parents&rsquo; reason, I would&rsquo;ve expected them to be more sensitive to the bullying and isolation she experienced at school. From a race perspective, it was nice that Amy presents the readers with details about her family in such a matter-of-fact way. That&rsquo;s how I remember life being for me: I was normal, the default setting. It was the other kids who were abnormal, until I was informed otherwise, as Amy is by her rude classmates. It&rsquo;s rather difficult to believe that such a racially-integrated crowd could be so intolerant. Back in the 1980s, I was snubbed by more racially-homogenous groups of black, white, and Hispanic kids. Amy of the 21st century is snubbed by a blond singer and her backup, one black girl and one Asian girl. Yes, there are people of every race who decry miscegenation but promote living together as God&rsquo;s children in harmony, but that&rsquo;s the kind of attitude that I&rsquo;ve found more often in adults. Racially-aware children tend to gravitate towards those who are more like themselves, and that means mixed kids often have an advantage over the pure bred &ldquo;Other.&rdquo; Despite being teased, Amy cherishes her heritage. This is what I appreciated most about All Mixed Up!: the heroine doesn&rsquo;t feel as though she has to choose from among a long list of possible identities. She&rsquo;s comfortable being Japanese, Korean, African American, and white&hellip;all at the same time. Unfortunately, in the actual narrative, her English Hodges-ness takes a back seat. The authors never mention her paternal grandfather or white ethnic heritage, which is likely also mixed. However, I&rsquo;ll postpone judgment on that point since I haven&rsquo;t read the rest of the series.
EGHunter01 More than 1 year ago
*Enjoyed the illustrations. *Engaging storyline and characters are sure to hold the readers' attention (ages eight to eleven years old). * The premise of the novel is sure to "hit home" for some readers when they realize why the protagonist is called Amy HodgePodge. *Nice novel for teaching the lesson of accepting others and to avoid cruel words directed at other people. If you enjoy this novel for young readers, you may enjoy the Keena Ford series of novels as well as Liberty Porter First Daughter series of novels.
LIV2read More than 1 year ago
Amy Hodges is dubbed with the moniker 'Amy Hodgepodge' because she is biracial. After being home schooled all her life, Amy's trying to adjust and find her place in a real school. In this book, by Kim Wayans, Amy finds acceptance with a cute group of fellow misfits. Amy and her new group of friends band together to enter a talent show. I like the way Ms. Wayans approached the topic of being multi-racial and found it to be a positive story about friendship. My grand kids love the series now and have read most of the books. They are easy to read and have cute illustrations.
mzshell More than 1 year ago
This book relates to real life sooooooo much.This book is for all ages. It's about a girl named Amy going to a new school and you have to read it
HermosaBeachMom More than 1 year ago
We saw this book one day and were immediately drawn to it because Amy looks so much like my daughter. Although the reading level was too advanced for my 6yr old, I read it to both of my girls and they loved it and begged for more. I'm so glad to see there are more books in the series. I can't wait for the day they can read them all by themselves! It was nice to read about a girl who is multicultural. Very refreshing. A great moral lesson to boot!
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kandiladi20 More than 1 year ago
i like this book because it taught me a life lesson ,about liking who u are . accepting the fact that we all look diffefrent on the outside. were more alike on the inside then on the outside.
Frankleigh More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I ever read. It's probably even better than my favorite series, Mercy Watson. Amy would be a nice pretty girl and I don't like the people who make fun of her in the book. I like how the author decribes her feelings. It's super good and I would love to have a friend like Amy. (Frankleigh's 3rd grader reviewed this book)
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Eve72 More than 1 year ago
My daughter is 8 and brought this book last week at her school bookfair. She fell in love with the charters. I went on B&N to see if Kim Wayans and Kevin Knotts had other books. And I'm glad to say that they do. I will buy the other two that are out, and will wait until November so I can get the newest one. I have never seen my daughter so excited about a book, and she reads every night. Great Book, I can't wait for more in the series. Yolonda
Guest More than 1 year ago
My 8 year old daughter Alli loved this book. She is not big into reading, but 2 mornings in a row show woke up at 6 am to read! We went out and purchased the next book in the series, Happy Birthday To Me, which she read in 2 days and we are anxiosly awaiting the 3rd book coming out October 2!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this book, and I didn't think I would. I was amazed and surprised at how the authors were able to bring back those sometimes painful feelings of being insecure as a child, and make it okay through the hero Amy. A definite keeper!A fan of this wholesome series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading the first book in the Amy Hodgepodge series with my 7 year old niece, it was so sweet and entertaining. My niece doesn't read very much but this book totally enticed her, she sat on her bed for the whole day and read the whole book. I came online to order the second book in the series. I had just finished reading the book with her for a 2nd time and it inspired be to tell other parents what an amazing book it is. Ive never posted a review before but it made me happy to see my niece be so into a book. Hope this inspires other parents