Ten Good and Bad Things About My Life (So Far)
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Ten Good and Bad Things About My Life (Pearl Littlefield)

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Pearl Littlefield’s first assignment in fifth grade is complicated: She has to write an essay about her summer. Where does she begin? Her dad lost his job, she had to go to a different camp—one where her older sister Lexie was a counselor-in-training (ugh!)—and she and her good friend James Brubaker III had a huge fight, which made them both wonder if the other kids were r...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by Feiwel & Friends
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Skyler
The first book Ten Rules for Living with my Sister was much much better than this one. I usually read a book in a day or two but this book took me a month because it was SOOOO BORING!!!!!! The whole book is practically Pearl recalling her summer and to me her summer sorta stunk. My opinion.

The only good part in her summer was when she had her staycation. Pearl is sort of a brat. Her family has no money yet she still wants to go on the vacation. She got a crappy birthday present because her pare...more
Jennifer
Ann M. Martin creates another layer to the "write what you did this summer" September assignment. Pearl's father has recently lost his job. This changes all the plans that Pearl had looked forward to - especially the family vacation to the Arizona and the Grand Canyon. Instead Pearl ends up at day camp with her sister as one of her counselors. She also ends up having a huge disagreement with JBill, her best friend. Martin does a great job showing a family dealing with a now common crisis - unemp...more
Diana
Pearl's first assignment for fifth grade is to write an essay about her summer. But to explain about her summer, she has to go further back, back to when her dad lost her job. Suddenly, things started changing. The big vacation the family had planned turned into a staycation. Her older sister has to volunteer part-time at the summer camp they go to. Her parents can't afford nice presents for her birthday. Pearl has to learn a new way of living, and it's not always easy.

Honestly, I kept reading t...more
Hannah
The sequel is a bit more heavy-handed and less hilarious than 10 RULES FOR LIVING WITH MY SISTER...
Ingrid
Pearl has to write about her summer vacation when she starts fifth grade and finds that she has a lot of things to write about: some good and some bad. Her summer got off to a bad start when the family vacation out west is canceled because her father has lost his job. There are other cut backs that the family has to make and some of these are hard for Pearl, but she does learn to adjust. Her family takes a stay - cation and has a really good time together. I loved the characters especially Pearl...more
Josiah
"But as I have learned, things don't always happen the way you want them to."

Ten Good and Bad Things About My Life (So far), P. 194

One thing about this book that caught my attention is a blurb on the jacket from Publisher's Weekly: "It's hard not to picture Pearl and Lexie as successors to Ramona and Beezus as Martin creates a novel as entertaining as it is true." Not every sound bite, no matter how well-intentioned, accurately captures the spirit of the book it's meant to describe, but in t...more
Ms. Yingling
In this sequel to Ten Rules for Living With My Sister, Pearl Littlefield has to write an essay on her summer for fifth grade, but it's complicated. Her father has lost his job as a professor, which has made life difficult for her family. The family vacation out west has been canceled, the family sells their car, takes the subway to bargain stores, and has cut back on just about everything. Her author mother is working all the time. Pearl and her sister both get to go to summer camp, but Lexie ta...more
Terrie
On the first day of 5th grade, Pearl Littlefield gets an assignment to outline and then write an essay about her summer. This book is essentially her essay. Pearl is a loquacious, curious, somewhat naiive girl. Thank goodness for her older 14 year old sister, likeable Lexie, who accompanies Pearl to camp, and is a good example in most ways. The family is planning a vacation far from their home in NYC, out west, when her father unexpectedly loses his job. This makes for a summer of penny pinching...more
Katie
I think Ann M. Martin is highly underestimated as an author. Most people only know her for The Baby-Sitter's Club series, which, let's face it, got pretty repetitive after awhile, and won't win any awards for sophisticated writing.

But, then you read something like her book Anything for a Dog and you think, I want to read everything this woman writes. (And trust me, I'm always suspicious of dog books, because of the whole "dog usually dies" thing.)

I picked up this book by Martin based on the cove...more
Rachel Brand
My only major complaint about this book would have to be that the title really doesn't relate to the book. Although Pearl does discuss good and bad things about her life, the book focuses on a single summer - not her entire life - and the phrase in the title never comes up in the novel, as the title of the first book did. Other than that, this book was a wonderful sequel to Ten Rules for Living with My Sister, with a slightly more mature Pearl who has a better understanding of the world and the...more
Jill Cd
Cute book about a 5th grade character named Pearl Littlefield who needs to write an essay about her summer. The author does an excellent job of addressing issues like sibling rivalry, friendships, and her father's job loss. I really liked this book as the character had depth and the plot kept me engaged. You also don't need to read the first book to understand this one.
Alesha
Dec 03, 2012 Alesha rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: kids
This novel responds to the age-old writing prompt: "How I Spent My Summer Vacation." When the story begins Pearl Littlefield, age 10, is both excited and nervous to begin fifth grade. But when her new teacher, Mrs. Brody, assigns homework (an essay with an outline) on the first day of school, Pearl isn't too happy. Motivated by the enthusiasm of her best friend, JBIII, pronounced "JBThree," Pearl sets out to complete her essay and discovers more about life, friendship, and family than she had ev...more
Steph Myers
I love the main character Pearl. She's hilarious. She really tries to be good and succeeds 99.9% of the time, but she has her moments. When her dad loses his job, she has come to grips with changes and sacrifices the family needs to make. Like her sister ends up being a camp counselor so that she can go to camp for free. She's Pearl's counselor! There's that and the "big fight" at WaterWorks with JBThree, her best friend. Well, there are a lot of things that happen. In fact, by the end of the bo...more
Emma
A hilarious take on the life of a ten-year old girl livng in Manhattan. When her father is fired and their trip to the "Wild West" is cancelled, Pearl's summer is completely altered.

She tells of her trip to day and sleepaway camp, her fight with her best friend, growing up, her family's staycation, and how she plans on earning money to help her family out.

I finished this book really quick and thought it was a nice, funny, lighthearted book.

Turns out that this is a sequel, so don't know how it r...more
Lisa Calvert
Pearl is such a spot on character for her age...loved her honest selfishness and growth in understanding through the book. Actually laughed out load at her humor. Loved it!
Umama Suriya
It was a really good book. I really liked the narrarator's feelings and how she expressed them!
Kaylin
This is a great book to start off the year. I like how the book was organized.
Whitney
In terms of cultural relevancy, this book did a great job. Pearl has to start learning how to live on less money after her father is laid off and her family even has a stay-cation for the summer. The story line is solid and fairly enjoyable, but I just didn't like Pearl as a main character. Pearl is bossy and pushy (very Junie B. Jones like) which is so far from my own childhood personality that I just found her incredibly annoying. I think a lot of girls at my library might read and like it, bu...more
Voracious
Likeable heroine. Good kids' story.
Kids Write Reviews
I think people would like this book because Pearl and JBIII are trying to look for a job and earn money for their families. Pearl's dad lost his job and she feels like they can't do anything or have anything expensive. They can't even have pizza and watch movies!

I like how Pearl expressed her feelings in the book. I would feel the same way because I would never want my dad to lose his job.

More at http://kidswritereviews.com/2012/08/r...
Sharon Lawler
Plot unfolds in the first person voice of Pearl, as she recounts her summer for the usual first day of school assignment “what did you do ...” Her father, a NYC economics professor, has lost his job due to cuts, and the plot lines involve the adjustments the family of four makes. The dialogues between Pearl, her teen sister, her friends and of course her mom and dad, hits all the right notes. Very upbeat story about a scary financial reality as seen through the eyes of a fifth grader.
Sarah
Not a YA book that is adult friendly. I gave it two stars because I would recommend it to kiddos, but I abandoned it.
Yapha
In this sequel to Ten Rules for Living with My Sister, Pearl recaps the highs and lows of her summer between fourth and fifth grade. It starts off pretty rough -- her father loses his job, and the whole family needs to adjust. She learns a variety of important lessons along the way, but Martin does not hit the reader over the head with them. Pearl is a realistic and likeable character, and I found myself cheering for her along the way. Recommended for grades 3-6.
Caitlintobin
I so enjoyed the voice of the main character, Pearl. She is earnest and has a good heart even though (in Pearl's own words) she is bossy and irritates friends and family. The story is a flashback of Pearl's summer as she writes an essay for school. The organization of the story is based on Pearl's essay outline. I felt the writing was humorous and honest, and I think kids will relate easily to the main character. As a bonus, the book is set in NYC. I love books set in NYC!
Diane Ferbrache
Pearl’s first assignment in 5th grade is easy….for everyone else. She has to write an essay about her summer, but this summer started with Pearl’s father being fired. This is a sweet, sad, funny story about what happens when life throws you curve balls. This is a bit Beezus and Ramona-like, but very enjoyable and the relationships between the characters are very believable. Recommended for upper elementary students into middle school.
Kathy
Cute story with a humorous narrative by Pearl. Reminded me of a 4th grade Junie B. Jones!
Gina Enk
I thought this book was very good because it was supposed to be about Pearl Littlefield's summer vacation, but she made it seem like she was just talking to me. It was one of the best books I've read because I' m in fifth grade and so is Pearl . The lesson Pearl learns in this book is to enjoy her staycation instead of her family trip to the Wild West. Reviewed By Chloe, age 10 (and a half)
Enka-Candler Library
Martin is doing for Pearl and Lexie Littlefield what Beverly Cleary did for "Ramona and Beezus." A sweet novel about family dynamics, what it's like to live in the big city, and friendship.
Give this to an elementary-school girl on her summer break.

The second novel in the Littlefield sisters saga. Not as funny as the first, Ten Rules for Living with My Sister.
Melisa
Stacey
Wow, Ms. Martin did it again! This is a very good book to read. The story is about a young 10 year old girl who went through a lot the summer after fourth grade when her dad lost his job, the fight with her BFF, Staycation adventures and so much more. I even learned some useful information.
Wendy
Feb 10, 2013 Wendy added it
A lovely middle-grade novel, full of spunk and humor. How does one bounce back after many disappointments, including a lost vacation due to Dad losing his job? This book has a great message on dealing with setbacks, and Martin nails down very real 5th-grade sized problems.
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Ann Matthews Martin was born on August 12, 1955. She grew up in Princeton, New Jersey, with her parents and her younger sister, Jane. After graduating from Smith College, Ann became a teacher and then an editor of children's books. She's now a full-time writer.

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