Written by Meg Cabot
Most enjoyed by girls in 3rd through 5th grade
Allie Finkle is 9 years old and she's moving. Her parents have decided to move the family into a fixer-upper so Allie's mom can do the home improvement projects she enjoys so much. But how could her parents make Allie leave the home she loves, her best friend, her school, and her rock collection? To Allie, the new house looks haunted, and, thanks to the advice of a new neighbor, is sure there is a zombie hand hidden in the attic just waiting to attack her. Despite the promise of a new kitten if she goes along with the move, Allie is determined to sabotage it whenever she can. But a missing 'For Sale' sign and a deadly rock collection collapse don't seem like they'll stop the big move. Will Allie's never-ending list of rules help her adjust to her new life?
Meet Allie Finkle, a fresh new voice for younger chapter book readers. Allie loves collecting rocks (geodes, as she'll quickly correct you), ballet, and baseball (except the part where you have to wait your turn, which seems to take forever). Her best friend is Mary Kay who only wants to play one game, lions, leaving Allie with rug burns on her knees. And take a look at Allie's list of rules. It's quite long and contains some interesting ones. Take, for instance, the first rule - Don't Stick a Spatula Down Your Best Friend's Throat. Now what could that be all about? Oh, and did I mention she's an animal rights activist, too? Just ask her about the turtle in the pond at the Chinese restaurant.
So, are you ready to meet Allie?