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Allie Finkle Has Her Own Website!

In case you haven’t noticed, my new book character, star of Allie Finkle’s Rules For Girls, has her very own website….

…and it’s finally up and running (just in time for Allie to hit #4 on the NY Times Children’s Chapter book list)! Yay!

Yes, her website IS quite fancy. Thank you for noticing.

You can get there by going to www.alliefinklerules.com or from megcabot.com by clicking on Books For Kids from my homepage. Or just by visiting http://alliefinkle.scholastic.com!

Do take a minute to dress up Allie (my idea)….

(many thanks to message board member Lauren for creating this particularly lovely Allie, accompanied by Marvin, her dog. Allie gets her kitten—if things work out—in Book 2).

Or decorate and send a cupcake email (also my idea)…

Or play the geode game (I have no idea whose idea this game was, but I am going to kill this person. This is my personal time-sucker these days. It’s totally addictive).

Really, all the games, personality quizzes, contests and polls on this site are particularly fun, and more will be added and updated as the site goes on and grows in membership.

But the best part is that it’s geared for young readers, and they can create their own avatars and profiles—here’s mine—with their own rules, faves, and notebook that they can save and return to whenever they want, for absolutely free.

There’s even a fully moderated Allie Finkle Community of message boards for the under-13 set (YES! For all those kids who can’t come on the megcabot.com message boards—legally, anyway—because we don’t allow under 13’s).

Oh, yeah. Allie’s got it going on.

Meanwhile, Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls: Moving Day was the recipient of a starred review in Publishers Weekly, which said, in part, “In Cabot’s (the Princess Diaries) first foray into novels for kids who are still in single digits, her trademark frank humor makes for compulsive reading–as always.”

And Kirkus says “Lessons on friendship and fickleness, sneaky behavior, lying, animal cruelty and theft…merge to create a humorous and heartwarming story. Allie’s first-person voice is completely believable with just the right amount of tongue-in-cheek wit.”

I’ll admit I was pretty nervous about this book—I’ve never written for this age group before, and didn’t know if I could do it. I wanted to, because I get so many little sisters of my teen readers asking when I’m going to write a book appropriate for them to read.

I’m pretty relieved people seem to like Allie because I LOVE writing about her. There’s a second book coming out about her in August, and I finished a third a little while ago…and Scholastic has asked me for three more!

Which is good, because I’ve been hanging around a lot of nine year olds lately as research (I will admit, nine year olds have more interesting conversations than forty year olds), and they’ve given me a LOT of ideas.

I forgot there was so much drama being nine. I swear every time I’m with nine year olds, the evening ends…in a game of cellphone manhunt! Or a fashion show! Nine year old girls are so sparkly and amazing!

Speaking of which….

This is the UK version of Allie featuring the little girl who won the model search contest—more on her in a later blog. But is she cute or what?

Anyway, I want to celebrate making the NYT bestseller list this week…AND get people to visit my new website (and get any nine year olds—and older kids—they know to visit it as well)!

And so I’m going to have a little mini-contest. The prize is a copy of Allie Finkle’s Rules For Girls: Moving Day (either the UK, US, or audio edition…winners have to take whatever is most crowding my closet right now–sorry, no choosies).

Added Friday, February 29: The Allie Mini Contest is now over! Winners will be notified if they have won. Thanks for playing!

And thanks, as always, for reading.

More later.

Much love,

Meg

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