Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls: Moving Day

cover image for Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls Book 1Cabot, M. (2008) Allie Finkle’s Rules For Girls: Moving Day.  New York, NY: Scholastic


Allie Finkle may be only nine years old, but even she knows it’s selfish to choose getting her very own kitten over saving her family from danger and possibly even certain doom.  She also knows that one shouldn’t tell secrets to Scott Stamphley and that you should say nice things to your friends, even if they aren’t true.  Or at least, she knows that now.  And to make sure that she doesn’t forget, she’s writing all these rules down in her notebook.

Navigating the increasingly complicated interpersonal relationships of the tween years is hard, and Allie tackles this challenge with an open-hearted but methodical approach that will appeal to many girls who feel lost and overwhelmed themselves.  In typical Meg Cabot fashion, Allie is flawed but earnest and the characters that inhabit her world – parents, brothers, an uncle, friends old and new, classmates, and even friends’ parents – have personality to spare while still feeling very real.  Yes, even the friend’s mother.

Meg Cabot’s trademark humor is more than evident in this series even though it’s intended for a younger audience than her usual fare.  The fact that her wit often centers around the tension between maintaining one’s social standing and finding one’s own voice makes this very much a tween series.  While it follows in the tradition of other humorous girl stories such as Ramona Quimby and Judy Moody, the themes found in Allie Finkle’s rules means that it will appeal to a slightly older audience than these classic series.

Best for ages: 7-11

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. macsa
    Nov 03, 2011 @ 00:04:49

    I like this book


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