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A wonderfully whimsical debut that proves ordinary people can do extraordinary things

In the mountain town of Remarkable, everyone is extraordinarily talented, extraordinarily gifted, or just plain extraordinary. Everyone, that is, except Jane Doe, the most average ten-year-old who ever lived. But everything changes when the mischievous, downright criminal Grimlet twins enr...more
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Published April 12th 2012 by Dial
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From the back cover: 5 remarkably good reasons to read Remarkable:
1. There are evil twins in it, and those are always fun.
2. There's even a pirate with two peg legs who learns to ride a bike. (Now, that's remarkable!)
3. Where else are you going to find a sea monster who loves fig bars? (Nobody loves fig bars.)
4. Maybe you've dreamed about being something or someone different--a singer, a pirate, or a dentist?
5. Or just maybe you've wondered if there's something remarkable about you that nobody h...more
I tore through REMARKABLE in a couple of days and found myself laughing out loud constantly. I think that anyone who likes clever, quirky, funny middle-grade will love this book!

I was impressed with how many distinct characters populated the world of Remarkable and how many different subplots the author was able to keep rolling at once. I also really enjoyed the satire inherent in situations like the great rivalry between Remarkable's boutique organic jelly company and the nearby town's mass-pr...more
4 stars... A quick and hilarious read! The story of a town called Remarkable where everything is remarkably remarkable except for one girl, Jane Doe, who turns out to be quite ordinary. In this book you will encounter a lake monster, a town squabble over jelly, a multitude of pirates, a few cases of secret identity, a set of mischievous twins and many other exciting adventures and delightful characters. The book is divided into 42 short chapters. A whimsical read for adults and children (8+) ali...more
Alex Murphy
This book was dull, repetitive, slow, and annoying. It's about a town where everyone is super special it's called Remarkable, and wow do they use that word way too much. I was sick of it by the first three or four pages. Everyone in the town is super special except one girl and her name is Jane, everyone else has overly annoying and ridiculous names, and of course the entirety of their name had to be used every single time.

SO you have an overly used word, combined with overly used names that ar...more
The actual title of this book is Welcome to the Town of Remarkable Where Every Day in this Remarkable Place filled with Remarkable People is Positively Remarkable for Absolutely Everyone Except Jane. Do you see why I shortened it? Anyway, this book is by Lizzie K. Foley, and tells the story of Jane Doe, an ordinary girl living in a town filled to the brim with extraordinary (should I say remarkable?) people. Her mother (Angelina Mona Linda Doe) is an extremely famous architect, her father (Ander...more
It's hard to be average when other people are exceptional. That's not only the subject of Remarkable, Lizzie K. Foley's debut novel, but also the reaction that I had to the book when I'd finished reading it.

Remarkable is a town in which everything and everyone is outstanding in one way or another. Well, everyone except Jane Doe, a ten-year-old with no distinguished traits of any kind, unless you want to count being the only student in town not enrolled at the School for the Remarkably Gifted. B...more
This book is cute and clever -- lots to laugh about and much to enjoy, if you share the author's sense of humor (which I do).

The premise of this tall tale is that an ordinary girl named Jane Doe (naturally) grows up in a town in which every one and every thing is remarkable -- except Jane and her grandpa named John Doe (naturally). Add to the mix a lochness-like sea monster, pirates, and evil twins -- and you've got yourself an entertaining read.

However, the authoros only intention isn't to en...more
Diana Renn
What a gem of a book. 10-year-old Jane Doe is an ordinary girl in a town where everyone is gifted and talented, or at least highly competent. Jane goes unnoticed most of the time, even within her own brilliant family, and longs to accomplish something noteworthy and be noticed. She gets her chance when the criminally-minded Grimlet twins suddenly transfer from the School for the Remarkably Gifted into the public school Jane attends (bringing the public school enrollment up to three). Throw in so...more
Kimberly Sabatini
Read this with my three boys and everyone loved it. Such a fun and entertaining book. Thought I would share some of the boy's thoughts about why REMARKABLE was remarkable. :o)

"I really loved all the awesome names in the book." (The two favorites were Lucinda Wihelmina Hinojosa and Captain Rojo Herring. We loved how they rolled off the tongue)

"I like how lots of people had secret identities." (And how their cool names gave clues to the story)

"Lucky, Dirt and Salzburg were really awesome." (Dirt--...more
Lizzie's Foley's MG debut is witty, adventurous, and endlessly imaginative. The town of Remarkable and its characters are delightfully eccentric, especially the falsely scurrilous Captain Rojo and the cunning Grimlet twins. I also love the relationship between protagonist, Jane, and her ordinary grandfather and the way that several mysteries unfold in the last few chapters, yielding a climax that is empowering for Jane and thrilling for the reader. The final message--that you don't have to be re...more
A not-so-remarkable book for me. It IS filled with remarkably unique characters. But I don't understand the reason for this book. Its overly tongue-in-cheek narration worked wayyyyyyyy too hard to make its superior point in the beginning (the coffee at Coffeebucks wasn't better than any other Coffeebucks in any other town, for instance). This was not exaggeration for simple absurdity...I felt as though the author went out of her way to mock...everything. I would like to applaud the author (She r...more
Jamie Short
1. Talent. What does that word mean? What does it mean to you? What do you think of when you hear the word talented? Does that describe you or anyone you know? Why do you think you do or don’t describe yourself as talented? What if everyone in the world had a definite talent? How would the world be? If you were a color, what color would you be? Do you think it would be dull to be in a world where everyone else is talented but you? How would you feel? This is what life is like for Jane Doe. Every...more
A very sweet and funny book for middle-schoolers, or even younger kids. I had a lot of fun with the names: Angelina Mona Linda Doe is the mom, Penelope Hope Adelaide Catalina Doe is the sister, and our heroine is Jane Doe. She is one of two ordinary persons in the town of Remarkable, where everyone else is... you guessed it.. remarkable. The only thing that is not remarkable is the coffee at Coffeebucks because it is a chain. There are pirates, evil twins, a lake monster, and lots of fun.
Remarkable von Elizabeth Foley ist ein wunderbares englisches Kinder/Jugendbuch, das sehr viel Spaß bereitet und mit viel Fantasie und Liebe geschrieben worden ist.

Der Einstieg ging nach kurzem ganz gut von statten, bis es mich dann wirklich schnell gepackt hatte. Die Protagonistin Jane Doe (na, wer merkt's?^^) ist nahezu die einzige Bewohnerin von Remarkable, die das so gar nicht ist. Im Gegenteil, sie ist ziemlich gewöhnlich. Alle Bewohner von Remarkable können irgendetwas wirklich ausgezeichn...more
Penny McGill
It would be way too easy to say that this book actually was 'remarkable' but it was. Somehow Lizzie K. Foley conceives of a town where everyone in the town does something - playing an instrument, being a dentist, painting, teaching, being the mayor - to the point of almost nauseating perfection and then makes her main character, Jane Doe (of course), to be so normal in everything she does that it seems unusual.

Jane's life is a hard one to read about in the first 4 or 5 chapters and I almost sto...more
To anyone who hates (or believes in) the term gifted... to those who wonder what that "one thing" it is that they are good at... for anyone who ever felt unnoticed, unimportant, or inferior...
Welcome to the town of Remarkable - where life lessons are so much deeper than you'd expect from a children's book. Follow the life of Jane, as she and everyone else in town discovers what it really means to be special, and where true happiness lies - not in the opinions or approval of others, but in learni...more
Really liked the concept of what it would be like to be a regular person in a community of all talented people. Many times I caught myself laughing out loud at the tongue in cheek humor of Foley.
Actually, only kind of average.
Jamie Taylor
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Originally posted at Random Musings of a Bibliophile.

Remarkable by Lizzie K. Foley is a book about an entirely unremarkable girl. In fact, the full text on the cover of the book reads: Welcome to the Town of Remarkable Where Every Day in this Remarkable Place Filled with Remarkable People is Positively Remarkable for Absolutely Everyone Except Jane. A bit much? Some would say so are the contents of the book.

Jane is a character I can see young readers identifying with. She feels vastly inferior t...more
"The world is a wonderfully rich place, especially when you aren't trapped by thinking that you're only as worthwhile as your best attribute."

Everyone in the town of Remarkable has a special gift for something. Everyone, that is, except Jane Doe. She is the only student at the public school, as all the other children in Remarkable go to Remarkable's School for the Remarkably Gifted. Jane's father, the incredibly talented author, thinks she'll find her talent one day. Her mother, the amazingly gi...more
Jane Doe is a perfectly ordinary girl living in a town full of remarkable, gifted people. Her mother, a fabulous architect, is designing the town bell tower and her brother is in hopelessly love with a girl obsessed with finding a lost, famous musician. The quirky town characters keep things interesting and remarkable, all the while ignoring Jane's unremarkable ways. Jane's ordinary but lonely life is shaken up when the Grimlet twins join her 5th grade class of one and her teacher adopts a pirat...more
Jane Doe is a very ordinary person, which wouldn’t be that odd, except she lives in the town of Remarkable, which is filled with the most gifted and talented people anywhere. Her family is full of gifted people, like her grandmother the mayor, her mother the architect, her brother the painter, her father the best-selling author, and her sister the mathematical genius. Jane on the other hand is just like her grandfather, easily overlooked and ordinary. They are so ordinary that they can’t get not...more
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Remarkable by Lizzie K. Foley is one of those clever, humorous middle-grade books that will likely strike different chords with different readers. Kids will read about the crazy town with the kids who are trying to be remarkable at making trouble and a teacher who instructs her students how to be pirates and think, “YES. AWESOME. I love this book!” I’d bet, though, that adults who read Lizzie K. Foley’s debut will see some great satire and...more
"Welcome to the town of Remarkable where every day in this remarkable place filled with remarkable people is positively remarkable for absolutely everyone*....*except Jane"

This is what the cover says and is a great intro to the tone of the writing of the story. This book is JUST PLAIN FUN! Jane lives in Remarkable (a town that came to be named such because all of the tourists remarked that the town was remarkable). She is the only student at the regular public school because all of the other chi...more
It isn't easy being the only ordinary person in a family of high achievers who live in a town filled with high achievers, a place so remarkable that it comes to be called Remarkable, and ten-year-old Jane finds companionship only with her grandfather since her sister is a brilliant mathematician and her brother creates incredible works of art. For her, living in this remarkable place isn't all that remarkable when all she really wants is a friend. My heart kind of broke when Jane and her grandfa...more
Remarkable is a delightfully whimsical and quirky book that a lot of readers should be able to relate to. Although Remarkable is populated with an extraordinary cast of characters, such as Jane’s insanely artistic brother and a sea monster more mysterious and elusive than Nessie herself, the focus is on Jane—the ordinary girl who feels just a little left out. She, and the readers, can definitely appreciate the talents of all the other Remarkable citizens—there is no bitterness here—but she would...more
If Remarkable sounds a bit silly and fun and lesson-y, it is the first two things. Lizzie K Foley has a flawless style: the writing is clean and the reading effortless; the setting and the characters are beautifully rendered and humorously imagined. Seemingly disparate actions/lines smoothly come together in a enjoyable conclusion where lessons are learned but not obnoxiously served.

Natalya’s teacher mentioned her a time or two to his wife. His wife finished Remarkable and thought N would very m...more
Aug 05, 2012 Dionisia rated it 2 of 5 stars Recommends it for: grade level 2 - 7
Jeb tended to get angry when he was hungry--a condition known as "being hangry." ...from p.145

I know this condition well. The most dangerous place for anyone would be between me and my food.

As you might imagine, etiquette experts tend not to be particularly fun, kind, or loving--which is why they should never be parents. But the etiquette experts never understand this, and so they often have children anyway. ...from p.233


This was a nice enough story of a young girl learning to appreciate a...more
Nicole Smith
Sometimes I get sucked into reading books based on their cover. Remarkable by Lizzy K. Foley was one of those books for me. It was an adorable read that seemed a bit like a combo of A Series of Unfortunate Events and The Mysterious Benedict Society. I really enjoyed this book!

Some of my favorite quotes:

- ...dreams are funny things. Sometimes even the most impractical and irresponsible dreams just won't be ignored. And sometimes when you don't follow your dreams, your dreams come looking for you...more
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Lizzie K. Foley has an MA in Education from Harvard and has taught Women’s Studies at Northeastern University, but this novel was inspired by her experience as the unremarkable little sister of two exceptionally remarkable big sisters. Lizzie didn’t have her oldest sister’s photographic memory or the coolness of her middle sister, who was a model, but, in her own words, she “made it through junior...more
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