Reviewer: Connie Payne
Title: Moving Day – 1st in the Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls series
Author: Meg Cabot
Release Date: March 2008
Genre/Sub-genre: Youth/Tween Fiction
Publisher’s Age/Grade Recommendation: Ages 9-12
OUAR’s Age/Grade Recommendation: Ages 8-13
Year/Setting: Present day
Overall Rating: 4.5
Meg's Website: www.megcabot.com
She likes rules. Without them people wouldn’t know how to act. That’s Allie Finkle’s thinking, anyway. In fact, she thinks it would be a good idea to make a book of all the rules, including the ones she makes up. Just in case she forgets, you know. And sometimes she does forget. Forgetting cost Allie her best friend Mary Kay, crier though she is.
Perhaps she can look for a new best friend…one that doesn’t cry so much.
That may harder than you think. You see, Allie and her family are going to move, which means a new school and neighborhood. She’ll be the new kid.
Too bad that’s only one of her worries. Her new house isn’t new at all! It’s old and creaky and ugly and old! She’s sure it’s haunted and no way is she going to allow her family to live in a zombie inhabited house. If that’s not bad enough—you’d think it would be—her "new" school is about as new as their new house, plus it smells.
There’s got to be a way to save her family, even her two little brothers, from this horrible fate.
Allie is a good kid. Well, she tries to be, as much as she can. She has a flair for the dramatic along with a fabulous imagination. Her compassion for animals is second to none—when she was at Brittany’s and they were playing "the game" my heart just fell…
Poor Allie, it sure is hard being nine! She just seems to be in a jam much of the time. You can’t help but commiserate with her all the while cheering her on whole-heartedly.
What afun story! Every minute I spent with Allie was a blast. Her story is heartfelt, funny, and a delight! Every young girl should be fortunate enough to read Allie’s stories. I hope I’m lucky enough to read the rest of the books in this series.
Meg Cabot definitely knows how to entertain readers of all ages.
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