I'm just a 9-year-old girl who's just trying to make sense out of the 4th grade, so I jot down rules to help myself remember how to be a good sister, student, and friend – and also not to eat anything red. That's a rule!
Want to know more of my rules? Then read these books, all about moi!
Allie's excited about her class field trip. Sure, it's to a historic one-room schoolhouse, built back before there was the Internet or even cell phones, and Allie's teacher is encouraging everyone to dress up in old timey costumes, which some of Allie's friends are actually doing. GAH! But at least she gets to ride on a bus, which she's never gets to do, living so close to school that she actually has to walk there every day!
But then Mrs. Hunter announces that every student in Room 209 has been assigned a "buddy" for the day--from Allie's old 4th grade class at Walnut Knolls Elementary School, with whom Pine Heights Elementary is pairing up for the trip. And Allie's buddy just happens to be her ex-best friend Mary Kay, who betrayed Allie right before she moved! Allie is going to have to spend a whole day sharing an old-timey desk with a big crybaby!
Allie plans on having the best weekend ever when she finds out Erica's sister Missy is in the regional Twirltacular baton competition-until Allie's mom announces that she has to go to Brittany Hauser's birthday party instead. But Allie doesn't even like Brittany Hauser, nor does she want to go to a party with Brittany and all her snobby friends.
But when Allie finds out Brittany's party includes taking a stretch limo to Glitterati, the store of the girls' dreams, and spending the night at a deluxe hotel suite, she decides maybe Brittany's not so bad after all.
Mrs. Hunter's fourth grade class is putting on a play! But Allie's theatrical hopes are crushed when she doesn't get cast as the princess -- the part that she wanted! Instead, Allie is cast as the evil queen. But as opening night approaches, Allie learns it's not the size of the part, it's the size of the heart that really matters.
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!
Allie is very excited for her first day of school at Pine Heights Elementary. She is going to be in the same class as her new friends Erica, Caroline, and Sophie, and she loves her new teacher, pretty and stylish Mrs. Hunter. Plus, she’s getting a new kitten – the first pick of showcat Lady Serena Archibald’s litter!
There is only one problem in Allie’s perfect new life: one of the girls in Allie’s new class, Rosemary, doesn’t like her. In fact, Rosemary says she’s going to beat Allie up after school!
Everyone has an opinion on how Allie should handle the situation: Erica thinks she should tell Mrs. Hunter. Caroline thinks Allie should handle it with nonviolent conflict resolution. Dad teaches Allie how to fight, while Uncle Jay says you have to psych out your opponent. How can Allie tell who’s right?
When Allie's parents announce that the family is moving, Allie's sure her life is over. She's not at all happy about having to give up her pretty pink wall-to-wall carpeting for creaky floorboards and creepy secret passageways . . . not to mention leaving her modern, state-of-the-art suburban school for a rundown, old-fashioned school just two blocks from her new house.
With a room she's half-scared to go into, the burden of being "the new girl", and her old friends all a half-hour car ride away, how will Allie ever learn to fit in?
About the Author
Meg Cabot is the author of more than 50 books for both adults and teens. Her books have sold over 15 million copies worldwide, many of which have been #1 New York Times bestsellers.
The most notable of these is The Princess Diaries series, which is currently being published in over 38 countries and was made into two hit movies by Disney.