Millicent Marie Is Not My Name
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Millicent Marie Is Not My Name

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Twelve-year-old Millicent Marie does not like her name. After all, she was named for a woman who died more than fifty years ago and was not the most loveable member of the Harris family. Her friends call her Millie, but when she writes in her diary she refers to herself as Amanda – the name she always wished she had.

When Millie’s younger brother finds her diary on her com...more
Paperback, 162 pages
Published October 11th 2012 by Grand Daisy Press (first published September 25th 2012)
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Book Him Danno
Millicent Marie Is Not My Name is the story of a 6th grade girl who feels like she is good at nothing and worst at everything.

The story opens with Millies mother calling her down stairs, while she is writing in her diary on her computer, she does not close it and her brother comes in and publishes her diary on the web. After getting away with this, he finally decides to make a blog out of her diary which is signed Amanda, because Millicent Marie is not her name only the name her parents call her...more
Pam Torres
Karen Toz has really hit the mark with this middle grade novel about what it's like to be in middle grade. When Millie's talking to her brother, her voice is genuine and angst drips from the words. "Go ahead and tell who ever you want. Just be prepared to have to explain to Mom and Dad why it was you were in my room, looking at my personal diary, and then setting up a blog to send it off over the Internet – cause in my book, that’s way worse than anything I’ve done. Now beat it!” The plot is gr...more
Dan Rogers
Having read Nate Rocks the World I was interested in seeing what Karen Pokras Toz would do with a female character. Boy did she ever "hit it out of the park." I am amazed at how she seems to be able to tap so well into what it must be like for middle schoolers. She has such a gentle way of discussing bullying that you don't even realize that this is what she is doing. By the time I finished with this book I was a bit misty eyed. I will be sharing this, not only with my fifth grade students, but...more
Fiona Ingram
Not content with saddling their daughter with a mouthful of a name like Millicent Marie (after a grumpy family member), Millicent Marie’s parents insist on calling her by that very same huge mouthful. Known to her school friends as Millie, Millicent Marie is grateful that she did not end up with a cool, arty, celebrity kid name like Organza. However, Millie decides that if she’d had a choice, her name would have been Amanda. Amanda has such a nice ring to it. After all, Amandas are beautiful, wi...more
Kimberly Kinrade
Millicent Marie Is Not My Name is a funny, sweet and relatable book that elementary and middle school kids will thoroughly enjoy. Told from the first person voice of Millie herself, it's a tale of one girl's attempt to finally fit in with her peer group after her little brother starts a blog with her private journal and inadvertently makes her the most popular girl at school--only no one knows it's really her. Young readers will relate to Millie's struggles to be liked, and will find her journey...more
OH MY GOODNESS! This was such a great read! I thoroughly enjoyed myself!

This is one of those books that everyone and anyone, of all ages, can relate to. Within these pages you will find the unique and funny voice of a girl who is trying to figure things out like all kids do. Millicent Marie is a good kid and just gets caught up with the intrigue and freedom anonymity gifts you, when all you really want to do is let it all out there, even if no one is out there listening. She obviously wasn’t exp...more

There is nothing more annoying than younger brothers, and Millicent Marie’s 10 year old brother Douglas has the shorts on irritating. He takes every opportunity he can, to go in her room and get into her stuff, always giving the excuse that ‘mom sent me to fetch such-a-thing’…yeah right!. On September 23rd he went beyond irritating and straight to infuriating when he decided to start an online blog, and used an entry from Millie’s private journal as the first post….

I smiled, a lot, while read...more
Ravina Andrea Kurian
We all seek to fit in - be it at school, work, among our friends. We do our best to prune ourselves and sometimes this backfires. This is no different for Millicent Marie. She tries to fit by venting anonymously and all is well until she realizes that she isn't as alone as she thought she would be. Although, her heart seems to be in the right place, her blog too is a kind of bullying and I think this is where Karen does a splendid job.

Seeing that this is a book for children, she defines bullyin...more
Patricia Kemp Blackmon
Millicent Marie is the definition of a twelve year old girl. She keeps a daily journal under the fake name Amanda. Parents she is willing to trade in for new ones but only temporarily. A younger brother, Doogle who is always up in her business. Best friend Natalie that always seems to have a solution for Millie's problems. She even thinks she has found her dream boy and has three months to nonchalantly convince him to take her to a school dance. Then there is the girl at school that is a thorn i...more
Literary  Chanteuse
After reading the title you certainly get the idea that Millicent Marie is a girl who knows her mind. She proves this time and time again in this book. Such a great character who so many tweens can relate to. The story covers a lot of interesting subjects like bullying, kids with the internet, cliques at school and the list goes on that I enjoyed reading about from the characters view point. A lot of fun and humor, this author is on her way to becoming a must read for all middle graders. Liking...more
Donna Huber
Oct 28, 2012 Donna Huber marked it as to-read
I'm currently conducting the Millicent Marie Tour with Karen Pokras Toz. Check out the full schedule for great stops, lots of fun, and, of course, PRIZES!

My 10 year old niece reviewed it on Kid Who Reads
Dee Dee
When I read the description, I was thinking it was going to be like Harriet the Spy, without the spy part and only the notebook part. It wasn't, although this book did make me very nostalgic for my childhood books. I'm sure if I had read this book back then, I would have loved it. It would have been one I read more than once. It's cute with a little humor (I actually laughed in a few places, which rarely happens in kids books) and a message about how we treat others and how we deal with gossip....more
Okay, I know this book is not intended for an adult. However, the meaning behind the book goes for anyone. Karen has taken a kids perspective and written a book that will have adults thinking about their own actions. This is a perfect book for that reading child in your life. If I read the normal books when I was younger, I know I could rate Karen's writing to someone. However, I never read what I was supposed to read. I always read any and everything I was NOT supposed to read. Yes, I guess you...more
Gregory Lamb
Contemporary - not just for girls or "tweens"

I loved this story for so many reasons. To begin with , the author must be a master observer to have been able to capture the voices of good dialogue between twelve year old girls. The story's structure was perfectly suited to present some real world issues important to the target age group.

Bullying in schools has always been an issue for students of all age groups, but presently, with the wide spread use of social media, cyber bullying is now a real...more
Nov 02, 2012 Sandy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
Millicent Marie is a 6th grader and although she is not a popular girl at school, she has a few friends that she can talk to. She would love to be popular and who wouldn’t want to be since she is in her last year of elementary school. Millicent has a lot of things on her mind and she has taken to writing her diary on her computer. Life is good, until her brother decides to publicly publish it and Millicent feels as if her life is over. But is it? See, Millicent has hated her name for a long time...more
It's funny how some books really take me back to my childhood, sometimes in pleasant ways and sometimes in not so pleasant ways. Millicent Marie reminds me so much of what life was like in 6th grade. Her voice is so genuine. I found myself cheering for her at some moments and shaking my head at others, even flinching at some of the things that Millie does. With the 'help' of her brother, Millie ends up with a blog where she details life at Springside Elementary under a false name. Unfortunately,...more
My son and I have enjoyed author Karen P. Toz's books about Nate. Nate Rocks the World and Nate Rocks the Boat are both books that my son and I really enjoyed reading and reviewing. When I was told that Karen wrote a book for girls, I jumped at the chance to review it.

Millicent Marie hates her name. Not only that, but she is most definitely not popular in school, and would love to be, which is normal for most kids her age. When her little brother posts her diary by making it into a blog, she is...more
Kristy James
I was given an ARC (Advance Reading Copy) of Millicent Marie is Not My Name to read and review for Karen Pokras Toz. Wow, did it bring back a lot of memories…like spelling my name ‘Christie’ for my entire ninth grade year (because back then, I hated the way my parents spelled it), being the least talented student in drama…and having a crush on the most talented guy (although I had a crush on him for all of junior high).

Millicent Marie, aka Amanda, is the poster child for almost all tween and tee...more

Poor Millicent Marie hates her name, her little brother, and being invisible in school. After her brother shares an excerpt from her personal diary on her blog she's not invisible anymore. People listen to her! But what happens when you're young and power goes to your head and your lies unravel? Millicent will soon find out. Will she learn her lesson and learn to love herself? Guess you'll have to read to find out!

I loved this book! I read the ARC and will definitely be buying it for my niece; a...more
Phaedra Seabolt
I really enjoyed this story. I found it very interesting to see how Millie reacted to finding her diary turned into a blog. She was very lucky that in her diary she never used people's real names. You may ask yourself, "Why would a 6th grader not write real names in her own diary? It's not like she was planning to let someone else read it." That's a good question. It's one I have as well and honestly cannot answer other than when I was that age, I was always afraid of who might accidentally get...more
Sue Morris
5 stars
Back Cover: Twelve-year-old Millicent Marie does not like her name. After all, she was named for a woman who died more than fifty years ago and was not the most loveable member of the Harris family. Her friends call her Millie, but when she writes in her diary she refers to herself as Amanda – the name she always wished she had.

When Millie’s younger brother finds her diary on her computer, he decides to publish it as a blog for the entire world to see, including the boy Millie has a crush...more
The author provided me a review copy of this book for free, through a third party. She requested only that I post an honest review of the book, which I have done.

“Millicent Marie is Not My Name” by Karen Pokras Toz is a fun story, written for 4th – 6th Grade readers. The main character, 6th Grader Millicent Marie Harris, hates her name. She has always wanted an exotic name, like “Amanda”. When she starts keeping a daily diary on her computer, she signs each entry with the name “Amanda”. But one...more
Melody Armstrong

What were the main themes of the book? How well did the author execute these themes?

To this reader this book has two main themes and one secondary. The main theme is bullying and how it hurts everyone, including the person bullying others. The other main theme is gossip. Yes, we as humans love gossip. Does not matter who the information is about (as long as it is not us) we all love it. Almost everyone will share gossip and when sharing the gossip we all add something.

The secondary theme is se...more
Millicent Marie has spent quite a bit of time in coming up with a suitable alternative to her name. She's never liked it much, and fancies something that's shorter, and much easier to handle. She knows that whatever she comes up with, the name will define her in more ways than one. But alas, it's a name no one will actually know belongs to her. Or so she thinks.

When her brother inadvertently uploads her journal online, Millicent is forced to make a choice. Keep the blog, or continue writing in i...more
Millicent Marie Is Not My Name by Karen Pokras Toz is a fantastic middle grade book that will keep you turning the pages to finds out what happens to Millie and her friends. Right from the start I could relate to the main character, because I would be furious if my brother put any part of my diary online for others to read. I would be worried even if he changed the name on the blog or the post! Millie is very much a typical 12 year old girl and her thoughts and feelings reminded me of my own. I...more
A 12-year-old girl who hates her name writes in her diary on her laptop under the pseudo name of Amanda; then her pesky little brother publishes it on the school news page and everything changes for Millicent Marie. Only she can't tell anyone that she is Amanda. This book addresses the hazards of speaking one's mind anonymously, lying, bullying and being bullied and a whole array of other things. It is a good book.
Bob & Eliza  Richardson
Cover - Fun stuff. Makes you think it is only suitable for children but I think this is a book for everyone of all pages.

Formatting / Appearance - There were no issues at all.

Story - Millicent is desperately trying to fit in. But her vanity takes control and she indirectly becomes a bully herself. It's simple concept that is happening all around the world. The author has captured it delightfully in a choice of words that are easy for middle grade children to understand.

What I liked - Bullies b...more
Stacey Rourke
Millicent Marie is a wonderfully written book about a hot button topic that kids NEED to be educated about right now. When Millicent stumbles into her own active blog she gets sucked into her own hype as her cyber alter ego becomes the most popular girl in school. Millicent quickly learns the impact of her words and just how fast information can go viral. I may date myself a bit by saying the premise reminded me a bit of the movie Pump Up the Volume starring a young, and at that time hunky, Chri...more
Alis Bookshelf

This is a fantastic children's book that has so many great topics inside. These topics are all topics in my opinion are topics children these days need to be learning and reading about. The great thing about this book though is that it does it in a fun way, instead of a beating it down the readers throat she does it in a way that they can relate to.

This is a book that I will share with my little girl when she is in the age group to read it. The plot is tremendous and the characters are relateab...more
Karen has an amazing way of getting into the mind of a middle-schooler. This is exactly how I remember feeling as a 13-year-old: scared, insecure, and trying to figure out yourself and the world. This book brings it all back. I’m not sure that’s a good thing, but it does mean that Karen is a fabulous writer who is able to pull out real emotions.

This amazing book cuts to the heart of bullying: Scared and insecure kids hurting other scared and insecure kids to try to make themselves feel better. T...more
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Karen Pokras Toz writes middle grade and adult contemporary fiction (as Karen Pokras). Her books have won several awards including two Readers' Favorite Book Awards, First Place in the Children's Chapter Books category and the Grand Prize overall in the 2012 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards, as well as placing first for two Global E-Book Awards for Pre-Teen Literature. A native of Connecticut, Karen n...more
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