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

3.52 of 5 stars 3.52  ·  rating details  ·  1,143 ratings  ·  293 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...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published August 11th 2008 by Groundwood Books
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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
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...more
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
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
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
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...more
Eva Mitnick
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...more
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.
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.
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
Brooke Shirts
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...more
Oct 29, 2008 Rachael rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
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
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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...more
Bobby Simic
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...more
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
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.
Francis Ann
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"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
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.
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!~!!
I found this book depressing. After reading such good reviews I expected to enjoy it.
A really great book shows us how everything is great and worth to die for
Page 7: "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 ourj interest, abandoning any that don't, halfway or a quarter of the way through if you like, and store up all that knowledge in fhe 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."

This is a lovely, old fashioned book with a bit of mystery, nostalgia connected to...more
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...more
"It's better to be fooled a hundred times than never to look."

—My One Hundred Adventures, P. 9

"Suddenly I realize that everyone in the whole world is, at the end of a day, staring at a dusky horizon, owner of a day that no one else will ever know."

—My One Hundred Adventures, PP. 31-32

I could certainly tell as I was reading this book that it was written by the uniquely effervescent author of "Everything on a Waffle."
Once again, Polly Horvath has proven herself the possessor of a razor-sharp...more
Judi Paradis
I really like Polly Horvath, but she is a quirky writer. However, if you've enjoyed her other books--Everything on a Waffle or The Trolls--you are likely to enjoy this offbeat story too. Jane is the oldest of 4 children living with their poet-mom in a house on the beach in Massachusetts. Their mother is completely unconventional and seems to spend all her time making jam, writing poems, and hanging out with a variety of very nice men (all of whom might be one of their fathers). Jane's goal for t...more
Charlyn  Trussell
Children will see this book as historical fiction: there are no computers, no handheld devices, no cell phones, no televisions. Jane lives with her mother, her younger sister and her two young brothers in a beach house. There is not a lot of money coming in for Jane's mom, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, and they find much of their food from their surroundings. Life is simple: the community isn't very large and they take care of one another, for the most part.

Jane is at peace in her home, but sh...more
This was a quirky lil' book. Can't say I really enjoyed it. Jane is 12 and tired of her boring life. She wants adventure. While out delivering Bibles with her pastor, Nellie, she ends up in a hot air balloon by herself and drops Bibles out so the people below can find them and be saved. One of the Bibles hits the littlest of the Gourd children who may be maimed for life as a result. Mrs. Gourd is furious and blackmails Jane and her friend into babysitting her nasty children for the entire summer...more
This book started with great potential. A young girl living with her mom and 4 siblings in a small town on the beach decides she is restless and prays for 100 Adventures. I can relate to that. In fact, I was even inspired by that first bit of writing. And I suppose it's one of those books where the lesson is "anything could be an adventure even if it's not super adventurey" which I'm all for. I'm a big fan of the Anne of Green Gables type book where things happen but more it's about the characte...more
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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.” 45 likes
“We all belong here equally...Just by being born onto the earth we are accepted and the earth supports us. We don't have to be especially good. We don't have to accomplish anything. We don't even have to be healthy.” 18 likes
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