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Katie John (Katie John #1)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  1,169 Ratings  ·  42 Reviews
Ten-year-old Katie John Tucker did not look forward to the summer she and her parents were to spend in the enormous old house in the small southern town. She hadn't wanted to leave her friends, and she wished that fall would come quickly.But in spite of all her gloomy predictions, Katie John had a wonderful summer. With her new friend, Sue Halsey, she explored the old hous ...more
Hardcover, 134 pages
Published 1960 by HarperCollins
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Jun 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
“High-spirited, headstrong and misunderstood.” This is how one fan described Katie John, a character created by Mary Calhoun. Those characteristics were reason enough for me during my elementary school days to immediately seek out all of the Katie John books. Even now, despite being in my forties, I still connect with Katie John.

Being high-spirited means life with Katie John is rarely dull. The trait serves her well when Sue comes to visit and she finds Katie John on the trail of blood. Sue imme
Feb 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
If you like Anne Shirley, Jo March, Ramona Quimby, Emily Bartlett and the many others who have paraded past us in books for years -- you will love Katie John Tucker. This is the first book in a (too short!) series of four titles wherein Katie explores life, makes friends, and has wonderful adventures in Great-Aunt Emily's big old house. Set in a small town on a Mississippi bluff, the story begins with Katie glum after moving from exciting California to Missouri to sell the big family home before ...more
Aug 30, 2012 rated it liked it
B says she liked it.

I enjoyed the way the book was written - it made for a good read aloud. I thought some of the adventures were very relevant and interesting for B (age 9) and a few were pushing the envelope a bit (or were just less relevant to her life) but nothing innappropriate. We liked the adventures that came from the big old house itself esp. the dumb waiter.
Mar 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was a childhood favorite that my daughter gave me for Christmas. How fun to go back in time and remember how I loved reading and the adventures I would go on. This book always made me want to live in the Midwest. After living here for 14 years I am still looking for the Midwest of that book.
Sep 10, 2007 rated it really liked it
Re-read. I love this book. Katie John c'est moi! Goofy, ham-handed, good-natured and well-meaning, she blunders her way through her 10th year in this sweetly nostalgic story. The supporting characters are a joy, too.
May 22, 2008 rated it liked it
Too neat of a package to be believable but kind of fun nonetheless. The highly fictitious nature of this book bears resemblance to an episode of Leave it to Beaver. But, come on, sometimes it's a relief to pretend everything does work out for the best in 23 minutes or 144 pages.
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars, it just wasn't interesting to me. I didn't like Katie that much and the stories are definitely geared exclusively toward younger readers, with many obvious statements that make it a bit dull to plod through. If I had read this as a kid I might feel differently. :)
Katie Fitzgerald
This review also appears on my blog, Read-at-Home Mom.

Katie John Tucker's family has recently inherited Great Aunt Emily's large old Southern house, so they must spend the summer cleaning it up and getting it ready to sell before they move onto New York, where Katie's father can resume his writing career. Katie is not thrilled about spending the summer in such a small town, but that changes when she meets Sue, a girl in the neighborhood with whom she shares many adventures. The girls look for gh
Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
The KATIE JOHN books were some of my favorites as a child, and my son just bought me a set of “the old ones” for Christmas. I can see why I loved this character and her adventures. Katie John has a great imagination that often gets her in trouble, but often helps her get out of a fix. Her parents are loving, accepting, and affirm who she is even when she causes problems. (They are some of the most understanding parents in children’s literature.)

Katie John was considered a tomboy. I love how she
Amy Flink
Apr 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is the first in a wonderful series about a 10-year-old adventurous tomboy named Katie John Tucker who moves from California to Missouri with her parents in order to sell her deceased Great-Aunt Emily's estate. At first, Katie is not happy in Missouri and she hates the big old house they inherited from her, but as she does some exploring, she meets a friend, dear plump Sue, and falls in love with the big old house and so does her parents, and soon they can't imagine leaving. The book starts ...more
Apr 10, 2010 rated it it was ok
This was one of the books Mrs. Scott, my second grade teacher read to the class after lunch. At the time I admired Katie John. She seemed adventerous and not afraid to get dirty. She had spunk.

When I read the book recently, however, I discovered Katie John wasn't as spunky as I'd remembered. In fact, her greatest adventure was spying on the grumpy next door neighbor with her friend, Cindy (I think that was here name). The rest of the time she was an obedient helper at home--a place her parents t
Jul 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Read this to my eight and ten year old this summer because I found it on a list of great books to read about spunky girls. We enjoyed it. Katie John had some admirable qualities aside from her spunk. In one chapter she was in trouble with her mom for something and she didn't go play with her friend even though she'd been looking forward to doing that all day because she had a conscience and felt bad about her naughty behavior. It was a good model for my own sometimes sassy 10 year old. Fun to re ...more
Cathy Cramer
I had to order this book, a childhood favorite of mine, 2nd hand, because I didn't see any currently for sale. I remembered the adventure of the dumb waiter all these years later, and wanted to be able to give my kids a clean book to read - without gore or grown-up issues. I read it to my 1st grader, 4th grader, and 7th grader. Katie John herself is the age of the 4th grader. My kids enjoyed the humor, and I laughed so hard at the antics of the black hand gang that I cried. The oldest enjoyed tr ...more
Apr 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
I loves Katie John books when I was younger, and it was fun to re-read this. It took place in 1960 and I read it in the early 1980s. I remember then feeling how far in the past the book felt, and that feeling was much stronger (with better reason!) this time. The book doesn't have a strong plot; the story revolves around the only child in family that moves from California to Missouri to sell an aunt's house but each chapter is a fairly distinct story of a random day in Katie John's life and it's ...more
May 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Well worth the re-read. Looking back on my own youth now, I can see some similarities between Katie's life and my own. She found her great-aunt's wedding gown in the attic and tried it on. I found my mother's in ours and did the same. She and Sue tried to start a neighborhood newpaper. My friend Anne and I made a little hand-written newspaper one summer. But I never got into the trouble that Katie John did, as I was actually more like Sue than like Katie John. I can definitely see why I liked th ...more
Nov 24, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: kidlit-history
A first-time read for me.
Must admit that I fell in love with the house before I fell in love with Katie John. I found some of her adventures rather annoying, but then there would be this spark of realness that kept me going. However, up until the last chapter, I was pretty sure that I would not be moving on to the sequels. And then, my love of the house took over and I know I'll have to read more, just to find out about the house's new life.
Dec 06, 2008 rated it it was ok
I had forgotten about the Katie John series until I saw one of the titles at the Social Service League thrift store.

If I remember correctly, Katie John is a very wholesome little girl who has mild adventures. I may be wrong, but I think she was very much like Pollyanna in many way: cheerful; smart, but not brilliant; hardworking; obedient; maybe mildly naughty, but only to give the book a little excitement. Can Katie John really manage to entertain the children of the 21st century?
Dec 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing
LOVED Miss Katie John. Another lively, spunky, regular girl heroin after my own heart.
Does anyone remember the book where her mom puts hot potatoes in Katie's pockets
for warmth and she is teased at school? Was it called Hot Potato Katie or am I dreaming?
Rebecca McNutt
Jun 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Rather boring at times and not the most original, but I loved the Katie John series when I was a kid and Katie is an easy character for children to relate to if they've ever had to travel or move away to a place they were unsure of.
Feb 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: girls/people with daughters
Recommended to Emily by: found it in school library, I imagine
I loved this book as a child and am enjoying reading it to Mimie now. It's our first "big girl book" with only one picture per chapter. Mimie is completely engaged in the story and was actually scared when Katie was stuck out on that raft.
May 04, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010
Spunky, clean reading...apparently the first book in a series (which would really appeal to R and other 10 year old girls). I don't remember reading this when I was young but this book is the reason S built secret passages in her new house.
Nov 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: katie-john
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May 28, 2012 rated it liked it
It was still cute, but not as good as when I read it in gradeschool. It is dated enough that it makes me reluctant to share it with my 5th grader.
Amy Sherlock
The book I named my dolls and my daughter after. :)
May 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
one of my childhood favorites
Nov 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book :)
Jan 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Katie John - an old friend. I loved these books when I was growing up.
J. Boo
Apr 18, 2016 marked it as to-read
Listed on "Stump the Bookseller" and seems interesting:
Apr 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Laughed at this until I cried as a kid. I just found a nice hardback for $1 at the library sale. It's still lovely.
Mar 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Cute story about a young girl and her discovery of how a house becomes a home. Readers of Little House on the Prairie would like this 1960's book on friendship and home.
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