Cabot, Meg. 2008. ALLIE FINKLE’S RULES FOR GIRLS BOOK ONE: MOVING DAY. New York: Scholastic. ISBN 9780545039475 [Suggested Grade Levels 3-6]
As you read the first few pages that spell out in details the RULES, it is obvious that this is the first of many more delightful tales to come. Nine-year old protagonist Allie must leave her home and room she loves (rock collection too) and her not-so-wonderful-best-friend and start a new unglamorous life in a run-down old-Victorian plus, *gasp*, go to school in a worn-out building. How can a fourth grader stop this chain of events and rescue a captive turtle? This fun-loving, humorous novel presented in first-person is chock full of good intentions, warm-hearted, quirky, child-like ideas and of course a list of rules for girls.
A great read aloud; children can discuss their own fears, as well as the fears that Allie faced and overcame such as moving into a new house. Kids can use technology in a useful way by making PowerPoint slides about their school’s environment and procedures. These presentations can be uploaded to the school website. Kids can problem solve what they want on the slides and, with help from the counselor and school staff, launch a school-wide movement to help make new students feel welcome.
Other books in this series:
ALLIE FINKLE’S RULES FOR GIRLS BOOK TWO: NEW GIRL. ISBN 9780545040495
ALLIE FINKLE’S RULES FOR GIRLS BOOK THREE: BEST FRIENDS AND DRAMA QUEENS. ISBN 9780545040433
More suggestions of similar series books:
McNally Barshaw, Ruth. ELLIE MCDOODLE: HAVE PEN, WILL TRAVEL. ISBN 9781599902760
McNally Barshaw, Ruth. ELLIE MCDOODLE: NEW KID IN SCHOOL. ISBN 9781599902388