Books for Tweens by Meg Cabot
"Is Allie me? Absolutely. But I think there's a little Allie in all of us--
any of us who've ever broken a rule, that is.
Especially a rule we made up ourselves."
Praise for Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls
A New York Times Bestseller
“In Cabot's first foray into novels for kids who are still in single digits, her trademark frank humor makes for compulsive reading...Allie is funny, believable, and plucky."
-Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Your new rule? This book must be read...now!"
“Meet the most likable heroine since Pippi Longstocking...”
-Copley News Service
“Allie will appeal to children who enjoyed reading about Ramona, Amber Brown, Junie B., and the other feisty girls found in beginning chapter books. This novel proves that the master of young adult popular fare is able to adapt her breezy style for a younger audience."
-School Library Journal
“Offering a new series for preteens, Meg Cabot brings her signature ear for dialogue to a younger group, and she gets 4th grade right."
“Cabot's winning tone and characterizations will make Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls a surefire hit with its target audience as well as parents who care to provide their children with role models you can't find in other media created for this age group. Long live Allie Finkle!"
Videos/Media Coverage Highlights
Q&A with Meg Cabot in the Miami Herald (November 8, 2009)
Julie Andrews introduces Meg Cabot as one of the featured speakers at the Children's Book and Author Breakfast at Book Expo America Convention in New York (June 2009)
"Cabot knows drama tweens" in the Houston Chronicle (April 2009)
Why the Princess Diaries author Meg Cabot has a new generation of fans on Better TV (March 2009)
Meg Cabot and comedian Caroline Rhea chat with tweens in a live webcast (March 12, 2009)
Meg Cabot on ABC 6 News Chicago (February 19, 2009)
Meg Cabot decodes the world of 7- and 10-year-old girls in an article in The Wall Street Journal (January 20, 2009; Presidential Inauguration Issue)
Kid reporter talks to Meg Cabot in Time for Kids (February 2009)
Allie Finkle is featured in a segment about great gift books for the holidays on The Martha Stewart Show (December 15, 2008)
Allie Finkle in The New York Times Book Review (June 15, 2008)
"Allie Rules!" in Time for Kids (April 25, 2008)
"Meg Cabot revisits her childhood for new character" in Reuters (March 19, 2008)
"Life after the Princess Diaries" interview with Meg Cabot on Newsweek.com (February 2008)
Meg Cabot talks about Allie Finkle in Publishers Weekly (January 17, 2008)
About the Books
Book 1: Moving Day
When nine-year-old Allie Finkle’s parents announce that the family is moving from their suburban split-level into an ancient Victorian house in town, Allie’s sure her life is over. With a new 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? With Meg Cabot’s signature wit and amazing ability to channel girls, Allie Finkle is a winning character with real problems, lots of spunk, and is bound to be everyone’s favorite fourth grader.
Book 2: The New Girl
Bullies beware. Fun and feisty Allie Finkle is the new girl at Pine Heights Elementary, and she’s very excited. She already loves her new fourth grade teacher Mrs. Hunter as well as classmates Erica, Caroline, and Sophie—plus, she’s getting an adorable new kitten named Mewsette. But 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. Who knew it was going to be so hard being the New Girl? With new rules like “It’s not polite to stare,” and, “You can’t let a bully know she’s bothering you, otherwise the bully wins,” Meg Cabot delights readers once again with her trademark wit and charm.
Book 3: Best Friends and Drama Queens
Allie Finkle is excited when a new girl, who comes all the way from Canada, joins her class at Pine Heights Elementary. Now Allie won’t be the new girl anymore! 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! But Allie isn’t sure she’s ready to be all grown-up yet—not if it means chasing boys at recess, not playing “queens” anymore, and especially… not being herself!
Book 4: Stage Fright
Sassy and simply awesome Allie learns to be a lead in Stage Fright. In this fourth book in the series, the fourth grade puts on a play written by Mrs. Hunter. Allie is sure she will walk away with the most coveted role–that of the princess, naturally–but one of her friends gets the part! What Allie doesn’t realize is that the part she does get–that of the evil queen–is actually the starring role. But Allie isn’t content with just starring in the play. She goes full-on method and borrows some false eyelashes to wear for the play, which (what else is new?) causes a great deal of excited controversy. Allie learns it’s not the size of the part, it’s the size of the heart that matters.
Book 5: Glitter Girls and the Great Fake Out
Allie's back with a brand-new set of rules! To Allie, going to the regional Twirltacular baton competition with her best friends sounds like the best weekend ever...until Allie's mom announces that Allie has to go to Brittany Hauser's birthday party. Allie doesn't even like Brittany, but riding in a stretch limo to a big blowout birthday bash at Glitterati and spending the night in a deluxe hotel suite in the city does sound like fun. Allie has a hard choice: real fun or real friends. Which will it be?
- Meg Cabot bio
- Meg Cabot author photo (credit: Ali Smith)
- Q&A with Meg Cabot
- Allie Finkle discussion guide
- Moving Day cover
- The New Girl cover
- Best Friends and Drama Queens cover
- Stage Fright cover
- Glitter Girls and the Great Fake Out cover
- Blast From the Past cover
- Announcement Press Release