This first book about family and school life in the "Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls" series by Meg Cabot is published by Scholastic, Inc.
Moving Day is written for kids ages 9 to 12. The age range reflects readability and not necessarily content appropriateness.
Allie Finkle likes rules. She records her list of personal rules in a special journal. But her comfortable, orderly life is shaken when her parents decide to buy a creepy old house, to remodel it, and want to move the family, Allie and her two younger brothers, across town. Because of their decision, Allie knows she will have to attend a new school. Not only is Allie worried about entering a new class midyear, she's concerned about making friends and terrified because she believes (after hearing a neighbor boy's story) that their new house is haunted. Despite her efforts to sabotage the move, Allie finds herself liking her soon-to-be next-door neighbor and having fun visiting her new school. With the help of her Uncle Jay, she learns a new rule: Sometimes if you're willing to pretend to like something, you may actually begin to enjoy it.
Both of Allie's parents work at the same local college. Her dad teaches computer literacy, and her mom is a student adviser. They decide to move closer to the school so they can spend more time with the kids and less time commuting. They are attentive to Allie and her two younger brothers, and the family often goes on outings together. Allie's uncle Jay is a somewhat irresponsible graduate student (law-school-turned-art-major) who allows Allie to watch scary movies and helps her kidnap a turtle from a Chinese restaurant without her parents' knowledge.
Uncle Jay (possibly joking) says that he is sensitive to psychic phenomena and only senses harmonious vibrations in Allie's family's new home.
Allie's mom makes Dad, Uncle Jay and the movers put quarters in the swear jar because of the language they use while moving boxes and assembling furniture. (No actual swear words appear in the story.) A group of girls led by her friend Brittany are cruel to a cat, tossing it around in a suitcase.
If your children have read this book or someone has read it to them, consider these discussion topics:
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