Best Friends and Drama Queens
Best Friends and Drama Queens
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Annotation: Nine-year-old Allie Finkle's list of rules helps her navigate a tricky situation with a new girl at school.
Catalog Number: #33773
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Copyright Date: 2009
Edition Date: 2009
Pages: 202 pages
Availability: Indefinitely Out of Stock
ISBN: Publisher: 0-545-04044-2 Perma-Bound: 0-605-23627-5
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-545-04044-0 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-23627-1
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2008032678
Dimensions: 20 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Allie looks forward to starting school again after winter vacation, but the arrival of a new girl, Cheyenne, changes everything. Within days, Cheyenne gathers a clique, starts a chase-and-kiss game at recess, and bullies most of her classmates into pairing off and "going with" each other, even though they're not sure exactly what that means. Using Allie's fresh voice and believable fourth-grade perspective, Cabot gets across her "let children be children" message in a way that will make sense to other kids. The third Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls book sympathetically portrays the broad emotional range of fourth-graders.
Horn Book
Allie is thrilled to have a new girl in her class--until Cheyenne takes over Room 209, forcing her classmates to "go with" one another and chasing boys to kiss them. But all Allie needs are her rules, her best friends, and a little courage to get through. Without being condescending or saccharine, Cabot reassuringly acknowledges that fourth grade can be stressful.
Kirkus Reviews
Friendship and loyalty carry the day in this spirited third title of Cabot's Rules-for-Girls series ( The New Girl , 2008, etc.). Nine-year-old Allie Finkle and her troupe of four best friends (all with nicely distinctive personalities) at Pine Heights Elementary are appalled by the bossiness of a new girl from Toronto, Canada, who arrives after the winter break in much-coveted high-heeled suede boots and a T-shirt that declares "TNT: Talent Not Talk." Cheyenne O'Malley doesn't have time for the recess games that Allie and her pals delight in playing, but instead engineers a class-wide kissing game that demonstrates her superior maturity and throws Allie for a loop. Why would anyone want to kiss the back-of-the-class boys they all know are creepy, or even "go" with them somewhere? The irony is hilarious and touching, and the author addresses preteen agony by rendering boys and girls alike in a three-dimensional light, even Allie's pesky younger brothers and her quirky young Uncle Jay, who suffers from a broken heart. A pleaser. (Fiction. 8-12)
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Wilson's Children's Catalog
Word Count: 35,780
Reading Level: 4.9
Interest Level: 2-5
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.9 / points: 5.0 / quiz: 129371 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:5.5 / points:9.0 / quiz:Q46477
Lexile: 840L

#1 New York Times bestselling author Meg Cabot's first middle-grade series!

Allie Finkle is excited when a new girl, who comes all the way from Canada, joins her class at Pine Heights Elementary. Now Allie won't be the new girl anymore!
But her excitement turns to dismay when the new girl, Cheyenne, starts telling everyone in the fourth grade what to do! Soon Cheyenne has everyone, including Allie's best friends, Caroline, Sophie, and Erica, believing that if they don't do what she says, they'll be what Cheyenne accuses them of being - babies!

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