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Remarkable

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  1,281 ratings  ·  232 reviews
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
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Hardcover, 338 pages
Published April 12th 2012 by Dial
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Lisa Nocita
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
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Sam
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
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Tara
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
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Mary
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
Mary Catelli
This is a tale about a quirky town. Full of whimsical humor -- I don't think I'd like it in every mood. Fortunately for it, I picked it up while in the mood.

The town of Remarkable is indeed remarkable. Full of remarkable people, who create the finest jam, run the finest pizza place (whose proprietor is psychic and often sends the pizza before you know it's wanted), write novels, do photorealistic paintings, and much more.

Except Jane. Her parents even gave up their planned name and called her Jan
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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
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Jennifer
As a mother who is always trying to find books that are both challenging and appropriate for a particularly precocious 3rd grade daughter, I appreciate this book. It is silly and fun, and there is nothing in it that is nightmare inducing or early dating focused, so that's a great start. I also love that the characters have a whimsical quality reminiscent of early Roald Dahl books, and perhaps most important, there is a central female character who actually does things, important things that do n ...more
Jessica
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
Starry
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
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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--
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Eve
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
The Styling Librarian
Remarkable by Lizzie K. Foley, Fantasy, 4th grade and up – similar to Drizzle by Kathleen Van Cleeve… I really enjoyed the quirky characters and community feel within this town of Remarkable. I felt like I was stepping into a new Polly Horvath book to be honest- the style of Everything on a Waffle. Jane is the only person who isn’t “remarkable” within her town and hopes to simply be noticed by others. Pretty special book. I’d recommend to students who would benefit from a fun, thoughtful adventu ...more
Carly
Good for 3-5 grade readers. Fun read, even if a bit repetitive. (Jane is the only "ordinary" person in a town full of "remarkable" people. That is established right away. I was a bit annoyed with how often that same fact was repeated.) Nothing scary, nothing even bordering on dating...good book for kids.

The Grandfather redeemed all of the other adults in this book, who I found disappointing in their treatment of others. (Everyone is so engrossed in their own awesomeness that they can't pay atte
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Alisha Funkhouser
Foley, L. (2012). Remarkable: A novel. New York: Dial Books for Young Readers.

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10 year old Jane lives in the town of Remarkable. Everything in this town is of course remarkable, except Jane. Everyone has a special talent or gift, and if someone is the best at something they move to Remarkable. All of the kids go to Remarkable's School for the Remarkably Gifted, except Jane. Jane just wants to fit in and find her special talent or gift that will get
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Kate Mcatee
Remarkable is a novel about an ordinary girl named Jane who lives in a "Remarkable" town with remarkable people. Each person is set out with a specific talent, such as Jane's brother, who has a talent with all artistic things. Jane goes to the normal school to get general education, and rarely gets noticed there. This is, until, twins from the ordinary school start causing tension over a new pirate that is suspiciously in town. With all the perfect and best things in this town, you might not ex ...more
Mjohnson
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
Kat
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.
Hikari
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
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Silvia80

Remarkable, come da titolo è un paesino eccezionale. Ogni luogo, ogni cosa, ogni cittadino è eccezionale, ognuno ha il proprio talento, tranne la piccola Jane di 10 anni.
Nella sua famiglia, il padre è un famoso romanziere, la mamma architetto, il bel fratello maggiore pittore ritrattista, la sorellina minore un genio della matematica.
Tutti i bambini e ragazzi sono iscritti alla straordinaria scuola per talenti con l'eccezione di Jane, unica alunna a frequentare la scuola per persone comuni.
La s
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Teresa
It was cute. Predictable, anticlimactic. But cute. It also was different from any of the other middle grade books I've read lately, so that's a plus. It didn't really live up to it's description though, because I fail to see how Jane had anything to do with saving the day, although I'm also not entirely sure what it was the town needed saving from. I also didn't see Jane realizing that she's pretty remarkable after all. It had a lot of potential in that respect, but it didn't really live up to i ...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
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Penny
Whimsical? Yes. Cute? Sure. Remarkable? Not really. I was really waiting for Jane to save the day, but she doesn't. Things happen around her and it all works out for the best but I'm not sure that I walked away from the book feeling like ordinary was the best thing to be.

I liked the book, don't get me wrong, I just didn't think it had the 'wow' factor. The writing is good and the town of Remarkable was creative it just didn't have that... well I don't know what it didn't have, I was waiting for
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Katie
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
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Karen
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.
Adrienne
In the outstanding book Remarkable, written by Lizzie K. Foley, an ordinary girl lives in an extraordinary town. Almost everyone such as her older brother Anderson Briby Bright Doe the III (the third), her younger sister Penelope Hope Adelaide Catalina, and her mother Angelina Mona Linda Doe have incredible and special talents. In the town Remarkable, Jane starts out to be the boring old person she is used to being. She goes to a school for untalented people (which is very small) and she feels a ...more
Melissa
Actually, only kind of average.
Jazlyn Unbedacht
A delightful story about an ordinary girl living in a remarkable neighborhood full of remarkable people. Lizzie Foley's jaunty way of writing is what kept me going. I loved the voice! The story was very original and I had trouble picking out the turn of events. This is always a plus.

I would have rated this book higher, but at the end I was still trying to understand the point of the novel, which is mainly that it's okay to be ordinary. This was sort of a let down after the thrilling ride the au
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Jamie Taylor
I LOVE THIS BOOK
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
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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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