Don't stick a spatula down your best friend's throat.
It doesn't count if it doesn't hurt.
Always wear a helmet when you're skateboarding because if a car hits you, your brain will splat open, and kids like me will spend their time waiting for the cars to go by so they can cross the street looking for bits of your brain the ambulance might have left behind in the bushes.
You can't let your family move into a haunted house.In this first book, she learns that her parents have bought a new house, and that they will be moving at the end of the school year. She's not too sure how she feels about this. On one hand, maybe she'll have a new best friend, since she's not entirely thrilled with the current one, who cries whenever she doesn't get her way and always wants to play the same game, over and over, without letting Allie have a turn to be the character she wants. On the other hand, moving will mean she'll have to get rid of her wonderful rock collection (10 grocery bags of rocks are, according to her mother, "simply too many").
When they go to see the new house, which is a rundown old Victorian with gingerbread trim that her mother adores, all Allie can think is that it looks horrible, old, and definitely haunted. Things are not looking good - until she meets Erica, the girl who lives next door, who is just her age, friendly and fun - and definitely does not cry at the drop of a hat. Her house is similar to the new one, but it's been fixed up and looks warm and welcoming, not haunted.
Allie is just starting to think that moving might not be so bad, when Erica's big brother says something about the attic of the new house - and warns her not to go up there. Immediately Allie thinks of a horror movie she'd watched with her uncle, about a zombie hand that was up in the attic, and she knows with a dreadful certainty that they must absolutely not move into that house. Visions of the creepy zombie hand making its way from the attic in the middle of the night make her want to scream and run out of the house. Of course no one believes her, so she hatches a plan to make sure they will not move after all.
My second grader adores this series and urged me to give it a try. I have enjoyed Cabot's Princess Diaries series and have been meaning to try more of her books, and this one was just as enjoyable. I loved the humor that resulted from the way Allie narrates the story, the way she says things that give the reader information without realizing their true import herself. She is fiesty and kind, and is not afraid to stand up for her convictions when it really matters, despite knowing at the time that her actions may well have unpleasant consequences. And she discovers a few important facts about friendship along the way. I'm looking forward to continuing with this sweet, funny series.
Books in the Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls series:
1. Moving Day
Moving Day (#1 in the Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls series) by Meg Cabot (Scholastic Press, 2008)