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The Reinvention of Moxie Roosevelt

3.62 of 5 stars 3.62  ·  rating details  ·  255 ratings  ·  48 reviews
Moxie Roosevelt Kipper has endured thirteen years of being an ordinary girl with an unordinary name. Now that she's entered boarding school, the time is ripe to reinvent herself. She'll become unusual, outlandish, unexpected, sassy - someone worthy of a name like "Moxie." But who exactly? From Mysterious Earth Goddess to Hale and Hearty Sports Enthusiast; from Detached, Un ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published June 10th 2010 by Dial (first published May 26th 2010)
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Moxie, at 13, is glad to finally be out on her own at boarding school. A fresh start; a time for her to be whatever or whomever she chooses to be. Maybe she'll even figure out a personality that fits her name a little better. So she sets out to do just that. Except that she doesn't just choose one personality to try on, she has several--a different one for almost every person she meets that has some quality she would like to emulate. As to be expected, it gets to be rather exhausting keeping up ...more
Addison Children
A cute girl book, Moxie is starting boarding school because her small town has no school after 7th grade. Moxie sees this as an opportunity to reinvent herself with eye toward becoming more popular. The trouble is Moxie doesn't know which of several personalities she might like to assume and so begins to assume each of them depending on how she feels the girl she is with will receive it. She keeps a journal of what personality she shows to which girls, and lies as necessary to fill in the approp ...more
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I thought I would toss this book at the first chapter, but I continued on in my quest of reading all of the 2012 DCF nominated books — and I'm glad I did. I think this may end up being my favorite. I love the young Moxie, a girl who thinks she is so plain that she needs a new persona and goes about inventing several. She is also a pianist, of a quality that I always wanted to be. She learns a lot at her first month of boaring school about personalities, lying, a
The Reinvention of Moxie Roosevelt is a lot like Harriet the Spy; the plot follows basically the same arc, complete with lost notebooks galore. The subject matter is different, though, with Moxie constantly trying to find out how to be an interesting, unique person, never realizing that she's been interesting and unique all along. There was, however, a MAJOR mistake that disrupted my immersion in the novel. Firstly, they're thirteen. Yet Moxie's roommate has a tattoo and numerous piercings. The ...more
A girl with a name like Moxie Roosevelt Kipper should have an amazing personality, right? Unfortunately, Moxie Roosevelt is afraid she's pretty darn bland. But she's heading off to start boarding school, where no one will know her, which gives her a clean slate & a chance to pick a really great personality to match her name. Upon arrival, Moxie Roosevelt meets some really great girls she hopes to be friends with. They are each very different, & she decides to try to model herself on each ...more
With a name like Moxie Roosevelt Kipper people expect you to be impressive. But thirteen-year-old Moxie is more ordinary than she can stand. With a chance to start at a new boarding school and reinvent herself, Moxie decides that she will cultivate an incredible new personality. But what personality will that be? And what happens when Moxie cultivates five different personalities at the same time?

Nothing really new here and no serious look at any issues. The focus is on Moxie's path to finding t
Karen Ball
Moxie Roosevelt has always had a life far too ordinary and boring for her crazy name. When she goes to the Eaton Academy for Girls boarding school on a music scholarship, she decides this is the perfect time to try out being someone different, including Mysterious Earth Goddess (MEG), Hale and Hearty Sports Enthusiast (HHSE), and Detached, Unique, Coolly Knowing Individual (DUCKI). She keeps a notebook detailing which personality she tried out with different people, and after a few weeks she rea ...more
Oh my goodness. I loved this book. I had so much fun reading it, and I absolutely adored Moxie and her friends and the whole set-up. The talent show and coming clean totally cracked me up. Although Moxie is 13 (and this is totally perfect for the story), this same story would have worked if the girls were 14 or 16 or 18. (Frankly, since I've never been to boarding school, there were a number of moments where I totally pictured my freshman dorm and the girls on my hall.) This should appeal to any ...more
Alexus Messer
This book was very good. I recommend reading it, if you like reading about tween girls. It takes place at a boarding school. It is mostly about a girl, Moxie and how she has to fix her behavior and make some new friends while working on her different attitudes.
Sandra Stiles
Moxie Roosevelt is headed to boarding school. Unfortunately she has no self-confidence and decides this is the time she becomes all that she can be. Unfortunately she can’t seem to settle on one particular personality. Moxie has set out to reinvent herself and finds herself keeping a journal to keep track of all of her personalities. She is one person with this friend and someone else with another. In the end she has to do some real introspection to figure out the real Moxie was inside all along ...more
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Moxie Roosevelt Kipper has endured thirteen years of being an ordinary girl with an unordinary name. Now that she's entered boarding school, the time is ripe to reinvent herself. She'll become unusual, outlandish, unexpected, sassy—someone worthy of a name like “Moxie.” From Mysterious Earth Goddess to Hale and Hearty Sports Enthusiast; from Detached, Unique, Coolly Knowing Individual to Assertive Revolutionary Activist, Moxie tries them all, while keeping her true talent for piano-playing a sec ...more
This was cute and enjoyable - a familiar story with likable characters and a decent amount of humor. As a new parent, I love the ccmment about sending Moxie's parents to remedial child naming classes, and the lies that Moxie comes up with to support her new personalities are ridiculously funny.

The concept may be old, but I liked it anyway. I remember making up stories because I thought they were more interesting than my real life (although I think I was in elementary school at the time), and I c
This book was pretty good to read in your spare time, maybe not for a book report but it's all up to you. This story was about a girl struggling to fit in and she tries to have things in common with everyone so that she wouldn't be alone anymore. I get how she was feeling and I think everyone has had that feeling of needing to belong at one point or another and she just deals with it differently, it's like she puts on a different skin with each person to hide who she really is but eventually she ...more
Karen Arendt
What a great story about being who you really are. At first I was getting tired of Moxie lying about her various personalities, but about 2/3 of the way through, I could see her realizing the mistake. I particularly enjoyed how Moxie used her musical talent to explain why and how she wanted to reinvent herself. Very well done. This book would be great for girls, especially girls who may think that they don't have enough friends, but maybe have one or two really good friends.
I loved this book! It was an easy read because I loved it so much. Great story, great characters, and just a great and pretty real plot. This book seems great for kids and teens who act like different people to different people. They have different personalities to different people. I can relate to that with different friends,but I obviously I didn't do it as big as Moxie did. But I think everyone does it at sometime in their life.
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Danie P.
Moxie Roosevelt doesn't want to be herself anymore. She thinks that she is boring and plans on reinventing herself for eight grade when she starts boarding school. She sets up an experiment and plans on trying out four different personalities on different friends which ends up exploding in her face...Great story about how you should be yourself because if you know it or not you're pretty cool.
This is a story about how a girl tries to find her real personality by experimenting with many different ones and then lands herself deep in trouble. For my full review, visit:

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This book was okay...I like the cover and I was immediately interested in the overall concept of a girl who "tries on several personalities for size" while trying to decide who she wants to be at a new school. But the book didn't hold my attention very well...part of that could have been that I was reading it only at school when I had time :)
Sarah Kaderavek
This book was okay. It was a little slow but I was interested with it. The main character, is obviously Moxie, and the whole book is about her at a new school, a boarding school to be exact. I liked this book because it seemed as if it could have taken place in 2011, it was and sounded very current. But the lesson was very plain and clear
Good girl book, but kind of predictable. It reminds me of that disney channel movie Camp Rock, if you or your girly readers are into that sort of thing. Loved that the main character was a piano prodigy and that she has a crazy name (not that I can relate or anything...)
Makenzie Hoy
I think some of the book was good and some was boring like when Kate was telling all of Moxie's friends about all of her personalities that was good but the part where she was talking about how Mr.Tate does not say stuff right was boring
Mayda 11-12
I'm giving this book 2 stars because
One: the book didn't grasp onto me
Two: it bored me alot but I still laughed at one or two parts
Three: the book didn't make sense you already knew she was going to get busted any ways
The first chapter is boring but then,the book gets so interesting that it's so hard for me to put this book down.Elizabeth Cody Kimmel
Childrens Librarian
Good middle grade novel about a kid trying on all kinds of new personalities when she starts at a new school. Easy, funny and on point. Give this to 6/7/8th graders who want realistic fiction girl books. -Maeve
Linda Clark
Moxie has a chance to reinvent herself, and she goes a little overboard. I really like this for a read aloud or for 5-6 grade girls who think they are "ordinary" and the perils and blessings of friendship
I can totally get trying to reinvent yourself, but Moxie takes it a bit far. I very much appreciated the resolution. I felt it was very realistic. You couldn't help but root for Moxie. Good story.
This book was all right. I love stories of personal reinvention, but this was a bit over the top. Nonetheless, Kimmel writes a funny story. I would recommend it to girls who like Dork Diaries.
good book but painful... main character keeps digging deeper holes, and you know it'll crumble and the message of be yourself will come through...

nice, clean, good message
Wonderful. I really enjoyed this book about being yourself and coming to terms with who that self is. It was a light easy read that I will be sure to recommend to my students.
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“Why not just tell my parents the boarding school thing wasn't working out, and go home? That offer had been on the table from the beginning, after all. I could live at home forever, growing white-haired and teaching piano and taking in stray cats until the neighborhood children started weaving tales of my tragic past and my story was adapted for Lifetime Television.” 1 likes
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