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Charlie (Snowy Cove #1)

3.53  ·  Rating Details ·  152 Ratings  ·  39 Reviews
It's 1988, and Charlie Woodchuck is the most minor of niners. At thirteen, she’s the youngest girl at Snowy Cove High School, and so clueless, she wore leg warmers and acid-wash jeans on her first day. Big mistake! Almost as big a mistake as signing up for a boys-only shop class. Doy.

Just when she thinks the first week of high school can’t get any more weird, Charlie disco
Kindle Edition, 175 pages
Published August 1st 2011 (first published July 25th 2011)
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Aug 02, 2011 Jill rated it it was amazing
You have to know that I never attended a High School for all intents and purposes. I'm German, thus I obviously attended the German equivalent of a High School which is in fact very different. That's one reason why I really looked forward to reading this, but I was also very interested in the fact that it is set in the 80s.

I don't read a lot of Middle Grade literature, but I still recognize a good one when I see it. It had me laughing and nearly crying, really, with Charlie and seriously kept th
Rida (Raindrop Reflections)
Aug 05, 2011 Rida (Raindrop Reflections) rated it really liked it
Oh, how I ended up loving this book. I love it when I like books so much when I know right away that I'll come away with a positive reaction. And this was definitely one of them.

For one, this book is set in the eighties-ish time, when girls (and boys) weren’t allowed to take certain electives at school. Like, Charlie, the protagonist, wants to take Woodworking but she can’t, because that’s a course boys take. Similarly, if a guy wanted to take Cooking, he couldn’t. Of course, I was appalled.

Jul 22, 2011 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who remembers the 80s or was ever a freshman in high school
Reading this was a time travel trip back to freshman year and 1988. I loved Charlie Woodchuck, the main character. She is a freshman making her mark in the school and life. Charlie learns some things in science class that have her questioning where she comes from and then also unintentionally becomes the poster child for social change. She is a fun character with humorous thoughts. One of my favorites was when she had PG daydreams about Sky the new boy who reminds her of Christian Slater.
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Jul 17, 2011 Idris rated it it was amazing
This book tells the story of a 13 years old girl called Charline Woodchuck, also known as Charlie, who begins in Snowy Cove High School, where she will have to deal with new students, guys, shop classes, professors, her best friend Stacy, and she will also deal with the perfect girl, Kendra, who outshines the rest of the girls.

But her history gets a little bit complicated when a science book, at the genetics section, confirms her something. Something she had never thought before, something that
Jul 17, 2011 April rated it it was amazing
This was so much fun to read, I loved every second of it! There was too many laugh out loud moments to count and when I wasn’t laughing I was smiling like an idiot. This was my first shot of a (upper) middle-grade novel and it was just so much fun and at most parts so cute.

OK, so back to the main review. One of the things I loved about this novel was that it was set in the ‘80s, because come on how many YA or middle-grade novels that have recently come out are set in the ‘80s? Well this is the f
Jul 17, 2011 Reut rated it it was ok
Being perfectly honest, there's not much to talk about, considering this book is less than 200 pages, but let's start with Charlie.

Charlie was one of the most likeable and realistic characters I've ever read about right from the start of the book. Her desire to take shop was a smart move on Dalya's part, and what I really liked about it was that Charlie wasn't really doing it to stand out, but because she didn't think it was fair that shop wasn't an option for girls. She took a risk by checking
Sep 15, 2011 Sonny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Charlie Woodchuck is a freshman in the 1980’s, a minor niner. She is trying hard to find herself in the world of knee warmers. Charlie signs herself up for an all-boys woodworking class and becomes the face of a new movement in the students and the teachers. On top of that, she learns in her new genetics class that her parents might not be her own.
Down a road of confusion, courage, rebellion and new knowledge, Charlie finally begins to understand the choices and events surrounding her life. She
Jade Walker
Jul 28, 2011 Jade Walker rated it really liked it
Original review at

Charlie Woodchuck is a Minor Niner is a really quick read, but totally entertaining nonetheless.

While this is a middle grade slice-of-life book, the tone is completely different. This book is set in the 1980s and so there is no reference to internet and phones, something that you see a lot of in modern day contemporary books. For me, as a noughties teen through and through, this was a bit of a culture shock, but it just made it totally fresh
Crystal (Kris)
Jul 30, 2011 Crystal (Kris) rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-reviewed
Review copied from original post at Imaginary Reads.

It’s the 1980’s. Girls and boys electives are separate. Wanting to outshine Kendra, the smartest kid in class, Charlie uses her boyish nickname to sign up for wood shop, and the board decides to let it pass rather than take the trouble of changing of schedule. As it turns out, surviving the class of boys is the least of Charlie’s troubles. A Genetics unit in Biology teaches her that it’s impossible for her, a brown-eyed girl, to have been born
Paula  Phillips
Going through my Kindle reads is like a lucky dip as I have so many on there to choose from. Today's read is Charlie Woodchuck is a Minor Niner , another great cover and the write-up sounded interesting. The year was 1988 and Charlaine aka Charlie Woodchuck is about to enter the ninth grade. Fed up with the fact that electives aren't equal e.g Boys can't take sewing and cooking and Girls can't take metalwork or woodwork aka shop class. Charlie decides to take a stand and sign uo for the woodwork ...more
I just finished reading this book. In the end I was happy to know Charlie, the main character But until about halfway through the book I felt like I was reading Ramona the Great or some other book for eight-year-olds or younger. The book is far too immature and unsophisticated for modern day teens. It might have been okay for me when I was 14 but 49 years ago we really did have to fight for equal classes. Not that I would have ended up in woodworking. My electives were Drawing 4 and Home Ec 4. T ...more
Reading Vacation
Jul 16, 2011 Reading Vacation rated it really liked it
Charlie Woodchuck stands out. She has a boy’s name, she doesn’t wear the latest styles, and she has zero interest in makeup. Charlie is a tom-boy among a sea of girlie girls. Now, sometimes a character is completely comfortable with standing out. Not in Charlie’s case. She is miserable about it.

The story is set in the simpler time of the 1980’s. There was limited technology and the problems seemed simpler. One of the big controversies were gender-specific classes. Charlie signed up for the boys-
Jen Halligan
Jul 17, 2011 Jen Halligan rated it liked it
Originally posted on my blog, A Book and a Latte:

3.5 stars. Minor Niner is a cute Middle Grade story that made me laugh and root for the protagonist, Charlie Woodchuck. The story follows Charlie through her freshman year of high school, though she seemed younger to me. I enjoyed this story, and I think my younger self would have loved this novel.

Though this story takes place in the late-80s, I didn’t feel like I was reading historical fiction... but it probably would to a tween. The 80s referenc
Lisa Kreinheder
May 11, 2014 Lisa Kreinheder rated it it was amazing
Shelves: madison
*My 11yo daughter, Madison, read this book. The following is her honest review with no input from me.*

The book Charlie by Dalya Moon was great, in my opinion. I loved the story itself, but what made it so much better was how the author presented it. She wrote it in a way that makes the reader feel like they're experiencing everything, too, right along with the main character (in this case, Charlaine).

I loved the pacing, too. Nothing seemed too fast or rushed, and nothing seemed too long or dragg
Charlaine "Charlie" Woodchuck feels very small and insignificant on her first day as a clueless, thirteen-year-old freshman at Snowy Cove High School. She's struck by a big idea for remedying that, however: when it comes time to choose electives, she could sign up for the notoriously no-girls-allowed shop class and get away with it. Charlie Woodchuck would go unnoticed among the boys names, right? A little rebellion and a lot of attention just might make unremarkable "minor niner" Charlie somebo ...more
Theta Sigma
I got this book as a freebie through Amazon and it's nice little read.

The story revolves around Charlaine "Charlie" Woodchuck, a teenager who has entered her local High School in Grade Nine in the late 1980's, hence the title "Minor Niner".

There are several threads within the book including Charlie's rebellion against the school system by electing to take a subject which is traditionally, at that time, the preserve of male students in woodworking, her shifting friendships and relationships among
Nov 09, 2011 Christy rated it really liked it
I liked this book! It took me back to my high school days (ahem, not that I'm old or anything), and was nice reprieve from vampires and werewolves. Now, don't get your feathers ruffled, I have nothing against glittering vampires or ferocious loving werewolves, or even passionate guardian angels. But sometimes I just want to read a good, humorous book about real people and real lives without too much heavy-duty drama. This was such a book. Charlie is an extremely likable character with a positive ...more
Oct 28, 2011 Betty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Charlie Woodchuck is the most minor of niners. She's the youngest girl at Snowy Cove High School, and so clueless, she wore leg warmers and acid-wash jeans on her first day. Big mistake! Almost as big a mistake as signing up for a boys-only shop class.

Just when she thinks the first week of high school can't get any more weird, Charlie discovers she may be adopted. According to the genetics section in her Science textbook, her eyes should be blue, not brown.

Before she graduates from the ninth gra
I’m really glad I stumbled upon this book. I really enjoyed it. Maybe because it’s set during the time I was in HS, although Charlie is a few years younger than me. Still I enjoyed that time, and the setting was very real to me.

The plot, characters, and events are very alive and I was hooked on this story from the first page.

Four stars.

9/10/15 NOTE: I was sad to discover that this author has stopped writing this series (however, I think the second one was about another person…not sure, never go
Nov 06, 2011 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
Such a good book for teens!
I loved this book, finished it in one day! Not that it is a short book, but it is so interesting that you feel that you have to read the book.
I can really connect with the characters, the story and the environments, which makes it a great book to read!

I definitely recommend this book to you!

Edit: I started reading another book, but with this book in my head it was so hard concentrating on the other book. I imagined the characters from this book being in the new book I'
Emerald Barnes
Sep 09, 2011 Emerald Barnes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you like awkward moments from high school, then this is a book for you to read.

It follows 14 year old Charlie Woodchuck (Yes that is her real name.) as she starts high school. She's different. She signs up for wood shop which isn't allowed in the eighties. Girls could only take sewing or cooking, and boys could only take metalwork or wood shop. It also doesn't help that within the first few days of school, she thinks she might be adopted.

Follow this character as she survives being a minor ni
Apr 26, 2012 Lauren rated it liked it
"Charlie Woodchuck is a Minor Niner" is a quick, satisfying read. Charlie, like other thirteen/fourteen-year-olds has her own problems. She manages to deal with the pressure to "stand out" in high school without being unfaithful to herself and who she wants to be. I really appreciated that this story dealt with the pain of being a young teen with problems at home without bogging the reader down in angst and self pity, something I've hated in books since I was old enough to start reading YA liter ...more
Oct 12, 2011 Elaine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Because she wants to be better at something than Kendra, 9th grader Charlie (Charlaine) signs up for a boys only woodworking class but soon regrets it. She finds out her mother is not her natural mother. Her best friend Stacy's mother is a lush. Sue-Ann Jackson is someone other than who she claims to be.

Charlie speaks up and ya, she has a right to though she could be more circumspect in her words and delivery.
T.J. Dell
Oct 24, 2011 T.J. Dell rated it it was amazing
This was an awesome trip in the way back machine! Charlie Woodchuck is guarenteed to win you over as she drags you along through her freshman year of high school. As if a new school, and new friends, and boys suddenly flashing on her radar aren't enough-- Charlie has to learn the hardway that parents are people too. Throw all that drama together with some acid wash jeans and a laser disc player and I had a GREAT night! I couldn't put it down.
Kerem Mermutlu
Jul 06, 2012 Kerem Mermutlu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve just finished ‘Charlie Woodchuck is a minor niner’ and i thought it was very sweet and adorable. If you want to read a book that perfectly describes the problems, heartbreaks and joys of being 14 years old, and having weird parents, and having annoying school friends, then this is the book for you! I really couldn’t stop reading it. And next I think i’m going to buy ‘this is not a test’ for my kindle. Everyone keeps telling me it’s awesome, so I can’t wait!!
Jan 02, 2013 Tiff rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-book, free, ya, 2013
I really enjoyed this story, it made me think back to my junior high and high school days. Overall the story and dialog felt realistic and it was a sweet story. I love that it took place in the 80's as well.

The original title and cover were much more interesting than the revised. I don't understand the marketing changes the author is making.
Oct 18, 2011 Angie rated it really liked it
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I enjoyed reading this book. I loved experiencing charlie grow into a young lady. at first being awkward and made fun of, but slowly coming into her own. This is a wonderfull book that I can share with my daughters and that will show them one person can make a difference and it doesnt matter if you are a girl.
Aug 17, 2012 Anne rated it liked it
Set in the 1980's. Charlie is in high school (although really this seems way more like a Juv book than a YA book) and she wants to take woodshop, not home ec - but that just isn't done in that era. She gets in though cuz no one catches on since Charlie is a boys name and then it is too late.

There's nothing really outstanding about this story - but nothing awful either. Meh.
May 19, 2012 Ashley rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook, 2012, 5-stars
This book was adorable. I really liked Charlie, and I thought the plots were interesting. I really enjoyed how Charlie took control of things at school and at home. A quick and delightful coming-of-age, definitely recommended.
Jennifer Erwin
Jul 22, 2014 Jennifer Erwin rated it really liked it
This book is a quick, fun, adorable read. Charlie (main female) is a high school freshman in the 80's. All the quirks of high school plus one of my favorite decades. This book is good for tweens on up to adults. I highly recommend.
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