Thursday, November 25, 2010

Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls: The New Girl (#2)

Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls: The New Girl (#2) Meg Cabot. 2008. Scholastic. 230 pages.

Mom didn't think I should wear a skirt with jeans on my first day at my new school.

Allie Finkle is nervous about her first day at a new school. True, she's already made a good friend, Erica, and met a few girls with good potential, Caroline and Sophie, but she's nervous all the same. Will the kids at Pine Heights Elementary like her? Or will they think she's weird? Will they want to be her friend? Or will they laugh at her?

The New Girl is all about the many changes going on in Allie Finkle's life. The changes going on at home and at school. It isn't easy getting along with two brothers--Mark and Kevin--especially when one of them insists on wearing a pirate costume after Halloween. And there's some tension in the house between Allie's mom and Dad. He's invited his mother to visit them a few weeks. Her mom is NOT happy. She's still unpacking, for one thing, and the house is far from being a cozy home. It's definitely still a work in progress. And Allie's grandmother, well, she's something else. (I really felt for Allie at Red Lobster--when her grandmother was criticizing her for not eating seafood.)

But while many things are changing, some things stay the same. Allie is still super-super excited about getting a kitten. But even that comes with a surprise or two!

I liked The New Girl. I am excited about continuing on in this series by Meg Cabot.

© Becky Laney of Young Readers

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