What's Next? Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls, Alice-by-Accident, or Alchemy and Meggy Swann?

What's Next? is a weekly book blog meme (formerly?) hoested by IceyBooks.

Moving Day (Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls #1) by Meg Cabot

I like rules. What I'm not so crazy about is everything else.

When nine-year-old Allie Finkle's parents announce that the family is moving, Alile's sure her life is over. She has to move to a scary new house, change schools, and leave her precious geode collection behind.

With a room she's half-scared to go into, the burden of being "the new girl", and her old friends a half hour away, how will Allie ever learn to fit in?

Alice-by-Accident by Lynne Reid Banks

Alice Williamson-Stone doesn't see how she can write her life story as a class assignment. How can she fit 9-and-a-half years into a couple of pages? Anyway, what's interesting in her life is not the "family and pets" stuff her teacher asked for. Her pets have died, adn the only family she has is her mother. Until recently she had a beloved, interfering grandmother--Gene--but she's gone from Alice's life. Besides, as Alice discovered ages ago, she was born by accident, and that's the sort of private thing you don't write about for school. Alice does the assignment but she think it's pretty boring, until in doing it she discovers a need to write about her true life--the exciting, complicated, private parts.

In her secret notebook, Alice begins to write her "[ilustrated] ortobiography." Alice writes about her mother's difficult early life and her determination to become a "professional single parent." She writes how Gene, her absent father's mother, came along, and how she changed Alice's life, making it richer in experience but also more complicated. And she records ongoing quarrels between her mother and grandmother about how to bring Alice up, which ended with the Big Row. Now Alice has just her Number One person, her mum, struggling with problems of money, career, health, where to live, and how to manage on her own--problems Alice can only deal with by writing about them. Except when she tries to help...

Alchemy and Meggy Swann by Karen Cushman

"Ye toads and vipers!"

Thus says Meggy Swann, newly come to London from the country village where she was raised. She's not happy to be there, and why should she be? Her mother was glad to see the back of her. Her father, who sent for her, doesn't want her after all. The city is awash in dirt and much, teeming with thieves and rogues, and very wearying to walk around in--especially for Meggy.

She is the alchemist's daughter, though. Just as her father seeks to transform base metal into gold, Meggy sets out to change her condition for the better. In doing so, she finds herself to be braver and stronger and friendlier than she ever thought possible, and a competent rhymer as well.

What should I read next?
Moving Day
Alchemy and Meggy Swann

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