About the Book
When nine-year-old Allie Finkle's parents announce that they are moving her and her brothers from their suburban split-level into an ancient Victorian in town, Allie is sure her life is over. She's not at all happy about having to give up her pretty pink wall-to-wall carpeting for creaky floorboards and creepy secret passageways — not to mention leaving her modern, state-of-the-art suburban school for a rundown, old-fashioned school just two blocks from her new house.
- Allie loves rules. She also loves science and math because “you know where you stand with them rulewise.” What are your favorite subjects? What do you like about them?
- Allie says, “even though you can’t go back, you can keep things from changing more.” What do you think she means by this? Was she right or wrong? Why?
- Are you surprised that Mary Kay stops talking to Allie? Why or why not?
- How is Allie’s new friendship with Erica different than her friendship with Mary Kay? Use examples from the book to explain your answer.
- Allie stands up against Brittany for the sake of Lady Serena Archibald. What would you do in this situation? Is there anything you would do differently?
- Do you think Allie should stop writing in her book of rules because Mary Kay and Brittany think it’s weird? Why or why not?
- Mary Kay and Brittany don’t treat Allie very nicely. What examples from the book prove this?
- Allie wants to be a veterinarian when she gets older. What does she do in the book that shows her concern for animals? What do you want to be when you grow up? Why?
- Allie loves collecting things, like geodes. Do you collect anything or want to start collecting something?
- How does Allie react when Brittany and Mary Kay are nice to her after Allie is featured in a newspaper article? How would you react?