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Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls: The New Girl

By Terreece Clarke, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

More spunk and "rules" from Cabot's popular series.

Book Meg Cabot Friendship 2008
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age 9+

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age 8+


I read this beforehand (because some books like fine but aren't) and it was incredibly dull. Horrid. What other families should know about this book: INCREDIBLY DULL. I had no interest! Not a good book, so make sure you don't buy this one!
age 10+

Perfect for kids who do not like reading

My daugther does not like reading and after reading this book she is totally inspired to read

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The second book in Meg Cabot's Allie Finkle series is light and fun. The title character has some cool attributes -- she knows how to stand up for herself and is considerate of her friends. But one thing that distracts from the story is the dialog. It feels a little too simple, too little girlish -- almost like an adult speaking how they think a 9-year-old would speak.

What Cabot does well is exploring interpersonal dynamics from a kid's perspective. It's great to see Allie trying to work through both family issues and conflicts with friends. Readers will identify with Allie's struggle of wanting to belong and be accepted while also trying to remain true to herself and the things she values, like being nice to others. Allie's a born leader and it's interesting to watch where she leads others.

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