Category Archives: Allie Finkle

April 23, 2009

3 Qs for Mary Kay, Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls

Posted by at 7:15 am in Allie Finkle, Reads | Permalink

Alliefinklemovingday_130 I think Allie Finkle has the right idea. Rules are great — they remind us to look both ways before crossing streets, to not eat too much candy before dinner, and to not blame the dog if we didn't do our homework.

I just finished Moving Day, Book 1 in the Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls series, and I decided I needed to ask Allie's former best friend, Mary Kay, some questions. See, Mary Kay ends up betraying Allie in a pretty specific way, but I think overall, she probably means well. She was just hurt and probably a little afraid.

So here's what I would ask Mary Kay if I had the chance:

  1. Why do you cry so much?
  2. Why would you want to be friends with someone like Brittany Hauser?
  3. Do you miss Allie now that she's moved away?

Who else out there likes Allie Finkle? Tell me what you'd want to ask Mary Kay in the comments!

— Morgan, Scholastic Staffer

March 19, 2009

Meg Cabot Rocks the Super Sleepover

Posted by at 4:19 pm in Allie Finkle, Authors, Reads | Permalink

Things I didn’t know about Meg Cabot at this time last week:

• Meg’s first cat was named Jenny.
• Meg got the cat as a present from her parents after they moved the family across town.
• Meg had a window seat in her new bedroom.
• Meg has two younger brothers.
• Meg won’t eat things that are red or swim in the ocean.
• Her little brothers’ favorite restaurant was Red Lobster.

If you missed it, I learned all these things at the Allie Finkle’s Super Sleepover webcast. The full webcast archive is up for on the Allie Finkle website.

AllieFinkleWebcast 013 The webcast was hosted by the super awesome Caroline Rhea, whom some of you might know as Aunt Hilda from Sabrina the Teenage Witch or Ilsa Shickelgrubermeiger-Von Helsing der Keppelugerhofer from Disney’s The Suite Life of Zack and Cody. She’s also the voice of Mom on Phineas and Ferb.

Caroline and Meg treated us to a night of comedy and insight on Allie Finkle. Like – the one way that Meg isn’t Allie is that Meg is bad at math. And that’s one of the reasons Meg isn’t a vet, like Allie wants to be. Apparently, you need to be good at math to be a vet.

After Meg gave up her dream of being a vet, she wanted to be an illustrator. Take a look at some of her illustrations:

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During the webcast, there was a lightning round of questions, in which Meg gave 60 seconds worth of answers all about herself. For example, did you know that Meg’s favorite accessory is purses? Well, it is.

Meg also revealed the top ten rules from the the Girl’s Life “Allie Finkle’s Super Rules” contest — as selected by Meg from submissions from kids around the country. The winning rule will be in Allie Finkle Book 5: Birthday Bash, which comes out in Spring 2010. Did your rule make the list? Check out the video archive to find out! (My favorite of the rules was #4: Saying “no offense” DOESN’T make it any less offensive.)

To hold fans over until Book 5, Meg gave us the scoop on Allie Finkle Book 4: Stage Fright (coming out September 2009): Allie tries out for the part of the princess in the school play! (Meg also told us that the perfect person would be a princess who is good at math!)

And of course, what would a good webcast be without questions from the audience? Meg answered questions spanning all sorts of topics, like:

Q: Who was your best friend in 4th grade and do you still talk?
Q: What is one thing girls today need to hear that they don’t hear enough of?
Q: Did you have a role model growing up?
Q: Did you ever fight with your brothers when you were little?
Q: How has being an author changed your life?

And the ever important question of —

Q: What if there is a guy in three of my classes and I like him — what do I do?

For Meg’s answers and more (like Meg reading an excerpt from the brand new Allie Finkle book, Best Friends and Drama Queens — see picture below), make sure to watch the video replay on the Allie Finkle website:!

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— Carly H., STACKS Staffer

March 12, 2009

It’s Slumber Party Day! (An Update From Meg Cabot)

Posted by at 6:21 pm in Allie Finkle, Authors | Permalink


I’m getting ready for my slumber party with comedian Caroline Rhea tonight (although technically, we’re not actually sleeping over anywhere, but we’ll be wearing pajamas) and I haven’t even washed my hair yet.

Although it’s pretty exciting (not the hair part) because kids sent in their own rules and tonight they find out if their rule got picked to be read on air (or . . . web. Whatever).

The grand prize winner gets a free set of books and also will have their rule in Allie Finkle Book #5, which is now called BIRTHDAY BASH. Everyone who attends in person (I think there are still tickets available) gets free books and stuff . . .

Also of course we’re giving away a full PBteen bedroom set (with TWO TWIN BEDS) to one lucky winner online. I’ve seen the set, and it’s AMAZING, and worth four thousand bucks.

That alone is worth tuning in for (not to mention the fun of seeing me and Caroline throwing popcorn at each other and talking about books. Especially if I haven’t washed my hair by then)!

Anyway, I have to go get ready. I have to go wash my hair, then eat a lot of carbs. Remember, if you want to stop by tonight, it’s at 7:30 p.m. ET, right here!

More later.

Much love,

March 7, 2009

Meg Cabot talks Allie Finkle

Posted by at 7:45 am in Allie Finkle, Authors | Permalink

Megcabot Hey! Check it out . . . On March 12th at 7:30 p.m. ET, tune in to see the amazingly funny and bubbly Caroline Rhea (yes! The aunt from Sabrina the Teenage Witch, who had her own talk show and does such hilarious stand up!) chat with me — LIVE — at Allie Finkle’s Super Sleepover right here!


Anyone can watch because it’s going to be right here! Yes, here! On the computer! It’s a webcast! How cool is that?

We’ll be talking about everything — including growing up, my family, my writing career, and of course all things Allie Finkle (because you know the new book, Best Friends and Drama Queens, will officially be out in stores)!

Go here for downloadable activities and a printable invitation to help you host your own Allie Finkle Super Sleepover!

(Hint: Allie totally has a Super Sleepover in Best Friends and Drama Queens. You will die when you read it. It’s the best sleepover ever.)

Okay, but seriously . . . that’s not all. Check out our newest game on, Allie’s Dream Room — NOW to design your own perfect, printable dream room!

FYI, Allie prefers CANOPY beds.


Much love,

January 21, 2009

Sneak Peek: Allie Finkle Book 3!

Posted by at 4:00 pm in Allie Finkle, Reads, Sneak Peek | Permalink

Allie3_130You dressed Allie up for the holidays on the Allie Finkle site. But now winter break is over, and Allie is going back to school just like the rest of us (or, well, work in my case). In Best Friends and Drama Queens (the third book in Meg Cabot’s series, Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls) Allie’s friend, Caroline, comes back from vacation with exciting news: there’s going to be a new student in Allie’s class!

Now, much to Allie’s relief, she won’t be the new girl anymore. But it turns out that Allie’s excitement is premature. The new girl, Cheyenne (who’s come all the way from Canada), starts bossing around everyone in the fourth grade. Soon Cheyenne has everyone, including Allies best friends, Caroline, Sophie, and Erica, believing that if they don’t do what she says, they’ll be exactly what Cheyenne accuses them of being — babies!

The book doesn’t hit stores until next month. But as a special treat to ease your back-to-school blues, you can read the first chapter right here on The Splot:

Download Chapter 1 of Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls Book 3: Best Friends and Drama Queens (PDF)

I can’t wait to read the rest of the book!

— Carly H., STACKS Staffer

December 30, 2008

Fill-in-the-Blank Famous Quotations: Allie Finkle

Posted by at 6:19 am in Allie Finkle, Writing Prompt | Permalink

I haven't posted a "Fill-in-the-Blank Famous Quotation" in a while, and since it's almost the new year, I thought I'd try my hand at an Allie Finkle edition — because her rules are kind of like New Year's resolutions. (In case you're not familiar with Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls, it's a series by Meg Cabot about a girl who keeps a notebook of all the important things to remember as she navigates school, friends, family, and boys.)

For this "Fill-in-the-Blank Famous Quotation" entry, I chose two of my favorite rules from Allie's notebook:

"Don't get a pet that poops in your hand."
"Don't put your cat in a suitcase."

Here are my twisted versions:

  • Don't get a pet that urinates in your bed.
  • Don't put your cat in a mailbox.
  • Don't get a pet that sheds on your prom dress.
  • Don't put your cat in a dollhouse.
  • Don't get a pet that eats in your bathroom sink.
  • Don't put your cat in a filing cabinet.

"Don't get a pet that _____ in/on your _____."
"Don't put your cat in a _____."

How would YOU fill in the blanks?

— Karen, STACKS Staffer

November 23, 2008

If Allie Finkle had a soundtrack…

Posted by at 10:11 am in Allie Finkle, Music | Permalink


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— which are there to remind us of the characters and specific scenes — why shouldn’t books have fun soundtracks as well?

Therefore, if Allie Finkle had a soundtrack, here would
be my top choices to dance and groove to:

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun – Miley Cyrus
Hold On – The Jonas Brothers
Two Worlds Collide – Demi Lovato
I Want It That Way – The Backstreet Boys
It’s Gonna Be Me – *NSYNC
Stronger – Britney Spears
Beautiful – Christina Aguilera
Nobody’s Perfect
- Hannah MontanaDemi_lavato__32096910_2
All-American Girl – Carrie Underwood
Time After Time – Quietdrive
Burnin’ Up – The Jonas Brothers
I Don’t Want To Be – Gavin Degraw
                                     Breakout – Miley Cyrus
                                    When It Rains – ParamoreMiley_cyrus__28248148_2


What would YOUR ideal Allie Finkle soundtrack include?
Or, suggest a soundtrack for another book! Nsync__618aozoaubl_ss500__2

— Carly M., STACKS Staffer

November 6, 2008

Miranda Cosgrove Read From Allie Finkle!

Posted by at 7:06 pm in Allie Finkle, Celebrities, Reads | Permalink

Yesterday I learned that I’m very similar to Miranda Cosgrove, the star of Nickelodeon’s iCarly. No, I don’t act on a hit TV show. No, I haven’t been in movies alongside big names like Jack Black. No, I don’t lead a life of glitz and glamor. And saddest of all, no, I’m not on a first-name basis with Drake and Josh . . . Okay, fine, I’m not similar to Miranda Cosgrove at all. But I really did discover one thing that we have in common: we both love Meg Cabot’s series Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls!

How do I know? Because Miranda visited the Scholastic Store in SoHo, NYC, to do a reading — and out of all the books in the world that she could read from, she picked Moving Day, the first installment in the Allie Finkle series!

Miranda chose two of her favorite chapters to read: Chapter 4 (“Brothers — and Parents — Can Be Very Insensitive”) and Chapter 11 (“When You Finally Figure Out What the Right Thing to Do Is, You Have to Do It, Even If You Don’t Want To”). Check out this video of Miranda reading Chapter 4.

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October 31, 2008

Book Character Halloween Costumes

Posted by at 6:25 am in Allie Finkle, Harry Potter | Permalink

Book-Based Halloween Costumes

Is Halloween here already? How did it creep up on me so fast? I haven’t
even thought about a costume…What should I be?

If you’re like me and you’re asking yourself these very same questions, then here’s a list of Scholastic characters and easy-to-do costumes you can quickly whip up to make this Halloween Alliefinkle_2the best ever!

5.) Allie Finkle – Allie Finkle Rules for Girls series by Meg Cabot

All you’ll need are some hip and funky clothes! In order to get the true Allie effect, mix lots of bright colors and bold patterns.  Optional: Write up your own rules for girls on note cards and hand them out to people when trick-or-treating.


4.) Magic Pickle/Jo Jo – Magic Pickle series by Scott Morse

Magic Pickle: This super hero should be simple to pull off! You’ll just need to wear all green and a yellow eye mask and paint a blue star on your forehead. Optional: Spritz some pickle juice on your costume before going out. You’ll smell dill-irific! Make sure to ask your parent’s permission first; I’m guessing pickled clothing is not well-favored.

JojoJo Jo: As the Magic Pickle’s funky little sidekick, grab a pair of blue overalls, a white t-shirt, sneakers, and a yellow flower to put in your hair. Optional: An orange or red wig. Nothing says “spunky” like some orange hair!


Fonebone3.) Fone Bone/Thorn – Bone series by Jeff Smith

Fone Bone: This costume is not only fun, but it’s easy too! Here’s what you’ll need: all white clothing, white shoes, some white face paint for your face and hands, a white swimming cap, and a brown backpack. Optional: Get your friends to dress up as Smiley Bone and Phoney Bone! You’ll be the most vibrant characters on the block!

Bone_thornThorn: Who wouldn’t want to be this beautiful and heroic girl? Well, its simple! You just need to find a long pink dress (or any color will do) and a black or brown hooded cape or jacket. Optional: Get a friend to dress up as Fone Bone. Or your little sibling will work also!


Hungergames2.) Katnis Everdeen/ Peeta Mellark – The Hunger Games (for ages 12 and up) by Suzanne Collins

To dress like these two in the opening ceremonies of the games, you’ll need a black unitard (black pants and a black top work too), shiny lace-up black boots, and an orange, yellow, or red (more than one color will work) cape.  Optional: To get the true effect of the costume, sport an elaborate and colorful headpiece. However, stay clear of lighting it on fire as they did in the book.

Harrypotter1.) Harry Potter/Hermione Granger – Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter: Now you can be the most popular boy wizard on the block! Here’s what you need: a hooded black robe (colored lining optional), a burgundy-and-gold knit scarf and cap, gold or black striped sweater, black pants or jeans, plus shoes of your choice! Use eye liner to make a lightning-shaped scar on your forehead.  Optional: Glasses, wand, owl — anything Harry Potter-ish!

HermioneHermione Granger: The smartest girl at Hogwarts has entered! Time to get a hooded black robe (colored lining optional), a burgundy-and-gold knit scarf and cap,
gray v-neck sweater with tie (Don’t have a tie? Use Dad’s!), and a skirt or pants — just make sure you are warm enough! Optional: A wand and a list of memorized spells.

Happy Halloween and be safe!

— Carly M., STACKS Staffer

Illustrations (from Magic Pickle)
copyright 2008 by Scott Morse. Magic Pickle is a registered trademark of Scott Morse.

Illustrations (from BONE) copyright 2004 Jeff Smith. BONE is a registered trademark of Jeff Smith.

Illustrations (from Harry Potter) by Mary GrandPré © 1998-2008 Warner Bros