Monday, July 30, 2012

Tween Pick: The Encyclopedia of Me

The Encyclopedia of Me
by Karen Rivers
Arthur A. Levine Books
256 pages

Available September 1, 2012 (cover and publishing date from author's website)

Cute, clever, quirky, cool, sneaky, snarky and sarcastic, The Encyclopedia of Me is a great romp for girls with a sense of humor. Author Meg Cabot says, “What every girl will be reading this year!” (from the cover) and I couldn’t agree more.

Twelve year old (almost thirteen! Ta-da! Exclamation point!) Tink is on restriction at home and must find a way to deal with all her free time. Ta-da! She has an a-ha! moment and begins writing an encyclopedia of all things in her world.

She has entries for her bestie Freddie Blue and both her brothers; funny entries are Alaska, Nemo, Finding , Ballet and Barbie Dolls. Tink has a unique voice—that of a fetching and captivating “almost teen” diva. Her adventures and funny take on the language that Freddie Blue and she make up will have girls chortling. The girls shorten words and do backwards words—“malg” for example, is the opposite of “glam” or glamorous.

Tink is more fun than Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Dork Diaries put together. The snarky footnotes at the base of almost every page make for plenty of laughs.

Highly, highly recommended grades 6-up. No language, no sex.

FTC Required Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. I did not receive monetary compensation for this book.

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