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Twelve-year-old Millicent Marie does not like her name. After all, she was named for a woman who died more than fifty years ago and was not the most loveable member of the Harris family. Her friends call her Millie, but when she writes in her diary she refers to herself as Amanda – the name she always wished she had.
When Millie’s younger brother finds her diary on her computer, he decides to publish it as a blog for the entire world to see, including the boy Millie has a crush on. In the midst of all the mayhem, Millie/Amanda discovers she is suddenly Springside Elementary’s most sought after sixth-grade mystery gossip and advice columnist.
But not all is fun and games, as Millie quickly learns, once she realizes feelings are at stake. Nobody, least of all Millie, expects things to turn out as they do in this tale of friendship and respect.
About Karen Pokras Toz:
Karen Pokras Toz is a writer, wife and mom. Karen grew up in Connecticut and currently lives outside of Philadelphia with her husband and three children. In June 2011, Karen published her first middle grade children’s novel for 7-12 year olds called Nate Rocks the World, which won First Place for Children’s Chapter Books and the Grand Prize Overall in the 2012 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards, as well as placing first for a Global E-Book Award for Pre-Teen Literature. In 2012, Karen published the second in the Nate Rocks series, Nate Rocks the Boat, followed by middle grade novel, Millicent Marie Is Not My Name. Karen is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI).
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Millicent Marie is the definition of a twelve year old girl. She keeps a daily journal under the fake name Amanda. Parents she is willing to trade in for new ones but only temporarily. A younger brother, Doogle who is always up in her business. Best friend Natalie that always seems to have a solution for Millie's problems. She even thinks she has found her dream boy and has three months to nonchalantly convince him to take her to a school dance. Then there is the girl at school that is a thorn in her side. That girl thinks she is all that and more. Not!
Millie aka Amanda begins giving advice from her new blog Doogle set up for her. It started innocently and then she realized it was not going as well at all. People could get hurt.
Sounds like a twelve year old girl to me. Since I raised four daughters myself I know what goes on with twelve year old girls. The things I have had to endure! I teased my granddaughters that when they turned twelve they were not allowed to come stay the summer. They knew better. The three granddaughters are now sixteen going on twenty.
The author did a great job of getting in the mindset of a twelve year old girl's daily antics and routine. The transitions of a twelve year old girl is full of hormonal changes and crying fits for no reason as they edge from little girls to young ladies.
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I highly recommend this book.
I rated this book a 5 out of 5.
I received a free digital copy of this book from the author/Girl Who Reads Tours for review. I was in no way compensated for this review. It is my own opinion.