By Cecelia Davis, Kid Editor-in-Chief, age 11
One of the books I really like is Annie’s Life In Lists by Kristin Mahoney. I
highly recommend it and I hope you will buy it or check it out from the
library. I will tell you a little bit about it. The story takes place at Clover Gap.
It is a small and modest town with a bright purple house. Everyone who
lives there really likes clovers (when you live in a town named after clovers,
how can you really dislike them?) and celebrates Clover Fest once a year.
The story takes place in modern times and is told through a series of lists.
The top ten main characters in this book are Annie (the quiet fifth-grade
girl with an amazing memory who just moved to the modest town of Clover
Gap from Brooklyn, New York), Ted (Annie’s sometimes annoying older
brother who is really into music), Millie (Annie’s friend from Brooklyn who is friendly, and sad about Annie moving to Clover Gap), Kate (one of the nice girls at Annie’s school who is quiet but becomes friends with Annie), Zora (a nice girl at Annie’s school in Clover Gap that Annie wonders if Zora
might be her new best friend), Amelia (a girl who has been friends with
Zora forever and is a little jealous of Annie), Aunt Penelope (Annie calls her
Aunt Pen for short, and she is understanding and lively), Annie’s mom (she
is nice and has a memory that is almost as amazing as Annie’s), Annie’s
dad (he loves Harry Potter and music), and Mr. Allbright (Annie’s friendly
and fun teacher).
During the story, Annie gets herself kicked out of school and moves to
Clover Gap. She meets Zora and Kate, two nice girls who are really
friendly. The only problem is Amelia, who has been Zora’s best friend
forever and is a little jealous of Annie. Actually, it’s not the only problem.
Annie’s best friend Millie is starting to make new friends in Brooklyn, and
Annie is worried because she isn’t getting emails from Millie as often. Annie
is afraid that her crazy memory that got her kicked out of school will cause
more problems at her new school. Annie isn’t that wonderful at kickball and has an embarrassing moment during gym class.
I like this book because it is written in a fun list format from Annie’s point
of view, with lists with titles like “Dad’s pet peeves” and “Four thoughts on
best friends” and “My four favorite chewing-gum flavors.” This book will
have you wondering what will happen next as you join Annie on her quest
to survive fifth grade. You will laugh and smile and turn page after page as
you enjoy every last bit of this wonderful story.