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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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Jun 28, 2014 Skyler rated it it was ok
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
Matt Ostrowsky
May 25, 2015 Matt Ostrowsky rated it really liked it
This was a decent story overall; a cute summer tale with nothing incredibly compelling to speak of. I probably woukd have given it three stars, but it redeemed itself in the end with an important lesson in maturity and empathy.

I was halfway through the book when it occurred to me that there was nothing overly compelling about it. Further, I had a hard time really liking Pearl. Despite her father having lost his job, our heroine still manages to eke out a pretty solid summer vacation, grumbling
Mar 25, 2014 Jennifer rated it really liked it
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
Jan 26, 2014 Diana rated it it was ok
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
Lizbeth Lebron
Oct 12, 2015 Lizbeth Lebron rated it really liked it
I really loved this book. I had a lots of Text-to-self connection as I was reading along. I also Loved how much detail it had as well. But let me give tell you a little bit about what is it about. This book is about a girl and the fifth grade and she through the story explains to the readers ten good thing and ten bad things about her life so far. Also this family lives in New York City. Recently her dad lost his job so the family can't go to the vacation over the summer. So the girl's parents c ...more
Sep 02, 2012 Hannah rated it liked it
Shelves: kids, middle-grade
The sequel is a bit more heavy-handed and less hilarious than 10 RULES FOR LIVING WITH MY SISTER...
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
Christie Maliyackel
Jan 03, 2015 Christie Maliyackel rated it really liked it
Such a cute read! I randomly picked this up in the children's section of the public library, when I got really excited to spot a section of works by Ann M. Martin, my favorite author growing up (Babysitters Club, anyone? ;)). Pretty quick read, and I fell in love with the main character (Pearl) of this story - when I was reading this, I could literally "hear" Pearl's voice in my head (and I was often laughing aloud at her ridiculousness). I didn't realize this was a sequel - I'll have to pick up ...more
Review by Karen, intended for young readers:

There’s something sad about the summer ending, no matter how excited you might be about seeing your friends at school.

If you agree, then I suggest you pick up Ten Good and Bad Things About My Life (So Far) by Ann M. Martin. The book starts at the beginning of the school year, but it’s really all about the amazing summer that Pearl has with her family.

It’s not the summer they planned because Pearl’s father gets fired right before vacation starts. So ins
Ruth Ann
This book is the sequel to Ten Rules for Living with My Sister – which is about Pearl Littlefield and her older sister, Lexie, who is a little difficult to live with.

In this book, Pearl is on summer vacation between the 4th and 5th grades. Her first assignment for 5th grade will be to write an essay about what happened during the summer.

Pearl has big plans, and the family has big plans, for this summer. First Pearl, her best friend, JBIII, and Lexie will go to summer camp – several weeks of day
May 09, 2013 Josiah rated it liked it
"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
Ms. Yingling
Oct 16, 2012 Ms. Yingling rated it liked it
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
Nov 26, 2012 Terrie rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 25, 2013 Katie rated it really liked it
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
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
Jan 12, 2015 Mary rated it really liked it
This book reminded me of some of Judy Blume's books like Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great and Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing. Pearl Littlefield has to write the dreaded "What I Did on My Summer Vacation" essay at the beginning of 5th grade. The book recounts her summer that didn't go as planned. Her father lost his job which had repercussions including where they shopped, what they ate, and how they spent their summer. It was a light-hearted book, but it wasn't purely fluff. I thought the au ...more
Jonna VanWienen
Nov 28, 2014 Jonna VanWienen rated it really liked it
Pearl is an adorable character. Pearl writes about her summer- the good, the bad, and the memorable. While her summer doesn't go as planned with her dad losing his job and the vacation cancelled, she does have some fun. This book has an outstanding message. Life throws us unexpected twists. We can hope for the best, but need to go with it regardless.
Jill Cd
Feb 20, 2014 Jill Cd rated it really liked it
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.
Aug 27, 2014 Alesha rated it liked it
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
Mar 06, 2013 Steph Myers rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comedy, tweens, kids, realistic
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
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
Lisa Calvert
Apr 18, 2014 Lisa Calvert rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014-2015
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!
Mar 07, 2016 Carterkempgmail.Com rated it really liked it
Not sure why but I liked this quite a bit more than its predecessor. The main character sounds very much like a slightly less confident Junie B. Jones.
Ivy B.
May 11, 2016 Ivy B. rated it did not like it
I don't know. I just don't enjoy reading books about people's completely ordinary and boring lives.
Umama Suriya
Jul 26, 2014 Umama Suriya rated it it was amazing
It was a really good book. I really liked the narrarator's feelings and how she expressed them!
Myriam Lotfy
Jan 05, 2016 Myriam Lotfy rated it it was amazing
This book is one of my favorite books. I advice anyone out there to read this!
Feb 28, 2014 Kaylin rated it really liked it
This is a great book to start off the year. I like how the book was organized.
Abigail Williams
Feb 27, 2016 Abigail Williams rated it it was amazing
great book!
you will like it if you are a girl :)
Jan 24, 2016 Bella rated it really liked it
Pearl Littlefield is very different from JBThree so I'm surprised they are friends. I felt so bad that JBThree was hurt. Lexi is such a great CIT. This book is one of the best books ever!
Feb 02, 2015 Hannah rated it it was amazing
I like this book because it's interesting and with sisters
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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.

Ann gets the ideas for her books from many different places. Some are based on personal experiences, while others are based on childhood me
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