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My One Hundred Adventures
Polly Horvath
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My One Hundred Adventures (My One Hundred Adventures #1)

3.54  ·  Rating Details ·  1,459 Ratings  ·  338 Reviews
Winner of the Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize

Adventures. Jane is twelve years old, and she is ready for them. She yearns to move beyond the world of her younger siblings and single mother and their cozy house by the sea, and to step into the "know-not-what" -- the place where your heart buzzes with excitement and things happen.

And over the summer, whether she l
Paperback, 272 pages
Published August 11th 2008 by Groundwood Books
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Feb 06, 2009 Jamie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 12-14, family
Putting this on the 12-14 shelf was a bit of a struggle. Because the book uses language and concepts that I found were very adult, such as when the 12-year old protaganist is sudddenly crucially aware of the passage of time, and that things will never be the same. Not that 12 year olds might not notice this, but not in the way the author conveyed. Also, the mother has several children by many different fathers - again, I'm not a prude, but it's so subtle but filled with subtext - I enjoyed the b ...more
Monica Edinger
Sep 02, 2008 Monica Edinger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: award-worthy
A variation of this review is at my blog here.
This is a lovely book. I became a Horvath fan years ago with The Trolls and quite liked Everything on a Waffle. This one has the same episodic quality of these and feels a bit gentler too, somehow. It takes place in an unnamed Massachusetts town where the narrator, 12 year-old Jane, lives with her poet mother and younger siblings in a beach house. It is indeed a series of "adventures" that have a number of connecting threads (family, fathers, friends
Jan 25, 2009 Toby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Newbery committees have been accused of being humorless, or at least of discriminating against funny books when selecting the most distinguished children’s book of the year. Like Polly Horvath’s Newbery-honor book, Everything on a Waffle, My One Hundred Adventures is funny but also immerses readers into a specific time and place. The place is within shouting distance of the ocean, which may or may not be familiar to readers. But the time, early adolescence, is a time we all remember for “wanting ...more
Jan 05, 2009 Whitney rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club
I had a hard time with this book. As with many books by Polly Horvath, it was hit and miss. On the one hand the story was very engaging. I loved the older female characters in the book, they were eccentric and vivid. On the other hand, the 12 year old narrator did not sound or feel 12 years old. I might have been more satisfied had Horvath chosen a 3rd person narration. The voice was very old, definitely adult. The effect, for me, was to make the intentional gaps in the girl's comprehension of w ...more
Sep 02, 2008 Lynn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Twelve-year-old Jane is at that tender place we call adolescence, leaving childhood behind, yearning and aching for something she can't yet define. "As if itching and outgrown, my soul is twisting about my body wanting something more to do this summer than the usual wading in shallows and reading and building castles on the shore. I want something I know not what, which is what adventures are about." Jane wishes for adventures and when they come, fourteen of them, they form Jane's first steps aw ...more
Eva Mitnick
Dec 05, 2008 Eva Mitnick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
Life is messy and unpredictable. Folks don’t always act the way they should – even grown-ups! Even parents! Unpleasant feelings tend to well up and pervade one’s mind like a miasma. But there is unexpected joy in life as well, often in the simplest things and during the oddest moments. Polly Horvath understands this.

12-year-old Jane is the oldest of four children. She lives with her single mom and her two brothers and one sister in a worn but beloved house on the beach, where her mom is apparen
May 11, 2009 Kermit rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this book on my iPod. It was on the School Library Journal list of best books for youth for 2008. I'm not sure if this is young adult or juvenile fiction.
Jane Fielding, the star of the book, is 12 years old. She lives in a beautiful beach town in Massachusetts with her poet mother and her 3 siblings. Jane has deep thoughts. I don't know any 12-year-olds like Jane. Sometimes her thoughts are downright lyrical. But she is incredibly naive about life. Until the summer she is 12, had s
The Library Lady
My nine year old saw this book, picked it up to read it, and abandoned it after a chapter or so. And I get why.

Horvath writes beautifully. Adult readers--and Newbery committee types--adore her for that. And she writes wonderful, quirky characters and interesting plot twists which make books like Everything On A Wafflefun and readable for kids who don't give a durn about how many (ahem)librarians or teachers adore a book. They just want something they'll LIKE.

She doesn't succeed with the second p
Oct 01, 2008 Allison rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
Sigh! Frankly, this book bored me. The lyrical prose drew me in at first, and I wanted to love it, but after a few chapters, the story failed to grab me. I regret to admit that I skimmed the last half of the book.
Oct 17, 2008 Jane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was so lovely I wanted to create a special shelf for it. Poetic, funny, charming. It reminded me of Criss Cross in that it perfectly captured what it is like just before puberty.
Oct 18, 2008 Rachael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of YA fiction, fans of Horvath
Very mild spoiler-- nothing huge!

So I was *supposed to be* reading Dracula, but I couldn't resist setting that aside to read Polly Horvath's latest. Her books are so full of humor and quirky characters, and are surely more joyful to read than dark tales of vampires. My One Hundred Adventures is no exception.

Jane Fielding is the oldest child of her poet single mother. She loves her life on the Massachusetts coast, but feels a longing for something more so she prays for one hundred adventures. Th
Jan 22, 2010 Megan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kid, fiction, teen, ajpl, 2010
The language in this book is wonderful. It is lyrical and soft, almost old-fashioned despite a few references to the modern day, and the reader is treated with intelligence. We follow twelve-year-old Jane through her summer, a summer of growth, change and education, as she realizes that the simple life she has till now lived, in a small house on the beach, is more complicated than she could have imagined. She does indeed have adventures, which are complicated by the strong characters in the book ...more
Jan 26, 2009 Nimmy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Brooke Shirts
Dec 12, 2008 Brooke Shirts rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A sweet, lyrical summertime storybook.

Jane, her three siblings, and her mother live an idyllic life on the beach, but she's starting to feel restless. At the beginning of summer, she decides she's is ready for adventures -- one hundred of them -- and sets out to make them happen. Along the way are the usual Horvath cast of eccentric characters and surreal plot twists, from a minister who thinks herself psychic, to the horrible Gourd children, to the simultaneous arrival of all of her mother's e
Nov 08, 2010 BookKids rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: midgrade
Jane loves her life, but she finds it just a tad predictable. She is now 12 years old and feels that she is ready for some good old-fashioned adventures. And of course, when you are ready for adventure, that seems to be when they start finding you. Jane’s uncoventional yet predictable life starts being a whole lot less predictable. There’s the ride in the accidentally hi-jacked hot air balloon and its consequences. There are several men from her mother’s past that may or may not be her father. A ...more
Bobby Simic
Oct 07, 2008 Bobby Simic rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another winner from Horvath. In this one, 12-year-old Jane prays for adventures to fill her summer, and her prayers seem to be answered. From mysterious men, delivering Bibles via balloon, and wading through marshes looking for transparent portals, Jane's summer is filled with everday intrigue and drama.

But guilt clouds Jane's days and especially her nights when she apparently has damaged a baby for life. Her pennance? Watching the baby and the holy-terrors that are the baby's brothers and siste
Kressel Housman
A young adult fantasy about a twelve-year-old girl from a small town who prays for one hundred adventures and gets them. I call it a "fantasy" even though there are no magical elements here, unless you count a New Age preacher who believes in her own healing powers, but she's farcical anyway. But with purely realistic elements pulled together in absolutely bizarre and hilarious ways, this book becomes a fantasy. The funniest adventure occurs early on when the protagonist is distributing Bibles w ...more
Jim Erekson
Nov 16, 2014 Jim Erekson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel
One of the most memorable book scenes ever is Jane throwing bibles out of a hot air balloon. I'll never forget that, and the rest of the story is just about what happens when you let yourself get roped into throwing bibles out of a hot air balloon. If there's a moral to the story, it's intended to apply to that specific group of people. And if there isn't a moral to the story, well, then it's a good story.
Sep 13, 2008 Bill rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-novels
I wanted to give this book two 'ratings': one that is as high as it gets for the humor, language, and just plain good writing, and one that is mighty low for a character voice that miserably failed to work for me throughout. I rather wish PH had written this book in the third person or something. What comes out of this 12-year-old's mouth is quite unbelievable for a 12-year-old, and I could never get over that. Just didn't ring anywhere near true for me.
Jan 21, 2013 Trish rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile-fiction
Beautifully written story of a girl seeking more independence and adventures in her life. In true Horvath style, it features several quirky characters and somewhat outlandish exploits. It is beautifully written with many quotable lines. I need to go back through it and copy some of them down. It is one of my favorites of hers.
Mar 04, 2009 Lori rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
I hate when authors wax nostalgically about childhood when they are supposed to be writing as a child. Who actually thought that way when they were a child!~!!
Dec 10, 2010 Whitaker rated it liked it
A really great book shows us how everything is great and worth to die for
Jan 19, 2009 Debbie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book depressing. After reading such good reviews I expected to enjoy it.
Faith Male
Jan 04, 2017 Faith Male rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book will remain as one of my favorites for a very long time. The character development is astounding for the protagonist, Jane, as she explores the beginnings of her life. The setting is placed on the beachside, and the descriptions are so vivid it's as if you were there. Jane and her siblings go through many adventures together over the course of their summer. There's always something happening, even when she's just laying on the beach. Polly Horvath takes us on a journey with Jane, throu ...more
Feb 07, 2017 Aaron rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute. Thoughtful. Timeless.
Francis Ann
4 s t a r s

"And all the time the ocean slaps into the shore back and forth, back and forth, its eternal movement seeming suddenly prosaic in comparison to this froth we create on the shore. And I realize we are all more powerful than the sea, able to go as we wish, unlike the steady coming and going of the tide, which is powerless to change its prescribed motion."

"I feel that just as I have a secret life, my mother is not someone that I knew as well as I thought. It is as if we are losing each
Apr 08, 2009 Josie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-lit
My One Hundred Adventures
by Polly Horvath
Published by Schwartz & Wade Books

My One Hundred Adventures is a great summer read, especially for young girls on the brink of adolescence. It is very well written, especially for the more advanced reader. A more hesitant reader will still enjoy the story line, but the language is rich and complex at times, "I am suffocating, my fires of purpose dwindling to embers" (125). The style which Horvath writes fits wonderfully with her main charac
Alissa Bach

After hearing so many good things about this one, I tried (plus, I loved the cover). I just couldn't get into it. The whole thing felt...detached. From the plot to the setting to the characters. And I just kind of lost interest after the first few chapters.
Shawn Sorensen
Feb 16, 2009 Shawn Sorensen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, misc
Read this book with my 12-year-old niece, though I've yet to find out what SHE thinks.

My shoes and socks were charmed right off. I'm incredibly biased towards the beach house setting as my parents took me to the Oregon coast many, many times as a kid. You do yearn to hear the waves. You do love to see storms coming towards the coast. This book captures that magic. It does a lot of other things right, too.

I read some of the other goodreads reviews, which said the voice of Jane, the 12-year-old pr
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Polly Horvath is the author of many books for young people, including Everything on a Waffle, The Pepins and Their Problems, The Canning Season and The Trolls. Her numerous awards include the Newbery Honor, the National Book Award for Young People's Literature, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor, the Vicky Metcalf Award for Children's Literature, the Mr. Christie Award, the international White Raven ...more
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“The library in summer is the most wonderful thing because there you get books on any subject and read them each for only as long as they hold your interest, abandoning any that don't, halfway or a quarter of the way through if you like, and store up all that knowledge in the happy corners of your mind for your own self and not to show off how much you know or spit it back at your teacher on a test paper.” 64 likes
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