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If you love kids like:
1. Anatastia Krupnik
2. Ramona Quimby
3. The Penderwicks
then you will love Annie! For Annie, lists are how she keeps her whole life in order. And there is a lot to keep track of!

Annie's a shy fifth grader with an incredible memory and a love of making lists. It helps her keep track of things when they can seem a little out of control, like her family,
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Hardcover, 272 pages
Published May 29th 2018 by Alfred A. Knopf BFYR
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Kate Willis
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Just to be nerdy (and because my brain will work better this way in spite of my head cold), I’m gonna review this amazing book with a few lists of my own. ;)

4 Reasons I Picked Up Annie’s Life in Lists
1. I love lists.
2. The doodles are adorable.
3. The highly unusual format had me intrigued. (The whole book is literally written in lists. :D )
4. It promised to be a sweet contemporary middle-grade book, which I’m always down for. ;)

4 Reasons I Loved This Book
1. It delivered on all of the above.
2.
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Ariel
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Reasons I love this book:
1. Annie is a completely relatable character with a wonderfully original voice
2. The list format keeps the pace moving perfectly
3. All of the side characters (friends and family) are fully formed with their own realistic nuances
4. I was upset when I finished the manuscript because it was so fun to read!
Meredith Katz
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Such a great book! Sweet, relatable, perfect story.
Melissa Sarno
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-books
This book is so sweet, refreshing and charming. The voice is just perfect. I saw a lot of my young self in Annie and I know my 11-year-old self would have adored this book as much as my now-self did.
Helene
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic and engaging read. Highly recommend for all middle graders!!
Laura
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If I could write my own YA novel, it would be like this! This book was delightful, entertaining, and heartwarming. Annie is a 5th grader with an amazing memory for random details, and it is always getting her into trouble. So when she accidentally gets herself kicked out of her school in Brooklyn, she vows to hide her memory skills from now on so she can be "normal." Her family moves from the big city to a little town upstate, and it's an adventure and adjustment for everyone. I love how Annie's ...more
Stephanie A.
Jan 17, 2019 rated it liked it
I love lists. I could totally write a book as a series of lists! That's also probably the only way I could ever write a book, so I'm kind of jealous I didn't come up with this idea, but I guess I'd still need a plot underneath it all so never mind. Anyway, great formatting for a cute story about a fifth grader moving from NYC to a small town and going through the typical sense of readjustment, missing her best friend and trying to find new friends. Best part was her mom offering pierced ears in ...more
Theresa Milstein
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was really sweet. Annie's quiet, but she has a lot of personality. Believable characters and situations. The author, Kristin, Mahoney, got the voice of the age just right. It's hard moving and leaving your best and only friend. It's harder to leave when it's your fault. It's even harder when your brother isn't talking to you. Loved how the story moved forward in list format. I think my students who struggle to read will especially appreciate the variation.
Dorathy Dotson
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Even though this book was obviously written for middle-schoolers, I did like it. Having most of the book written in lists was a fresh and engaging way to read, and the characters had wonderful, flawed personalities. No intellectually challenging text, but a nice book that didn't take much effort or thought to enjoy.
Lindy MacLaine
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a creative way to tell a story!
Eva
Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
the format bothered me a little bit just because i tend to not read headings/chapter titles (my brain just skips over them automatically) so the list headings were an added challenge for me BUT on the plus side it didn't commit the cardinal error of using a 'handwriting' font, for which i will forgive the format. a sweet, quick read that had a couple of really good poignant moments.
Afoma Umesi
May 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED this book! Annie’s Life in Lists is a uniquely written, sweet portrayal of a young girl finding her voice and loving it. With an endearing protagonist, this book tackles coping with a move, handling the evolution of friendships, and finding home in a new place. I’m officially a Kristin Mahoney fan and can’t wait to read her next middle-grade novel. In honor of Annie’s love for lists, it’s only right that my favorite things about this book be in list format. You can read the full review h ...more
Paige Soule
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very unique, great way to teach kids a different writing style. Loved the characters and the realness of it all.
Heather
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Super adorable book. I like the lists that still tell a story. Appealing to preteen girls who deal with making new friends and feel like they don’t fit in. SSYRA 3-5 book list
Susan
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ok, this was super fun
Briana
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Six Things I Liked about Annie's Life in Lists

1. The entire book is in lists; they're aren't just lists interspersed.
2. There's a wide variety of characters, and Annie has a friend group instead of one best friend.
3 . Annie's new town has a Clover Festival, and people are really into it.
4. Annie's father likes Harry Potter.
5. There are some simple illustrations scattered throughout.
6. The book is fun and a feel-good read.

Three Things I Like about Annie

1. She tries to do the right thing.
2. She h
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Leah
May 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Annie, Family, Friends

chose Annie's Life in Lists the book because:

1. I love middle school novels
2. I like the name Annie
3. I can be quite the list-maker

In Annie's story I discovered:

1. complex, real-life family dynamics
2. real and ideal
3. lack of human control over many aspects of life
4. making the best of circumstances
5. friendship anxieties
6. friendship resolutions
7. uncertain futures

Not long into the narrative, Annie and her family move seven hours' drive north of Brooklyn to the town of Cl
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Sarai
This is a nice little book written almost completely in the form of lists the title character makes. After reading it, I really wanted to write a bunch of lists for myself. :)

Annie has to move away from her best friend and meet new people, which is scary. Her parents are having difficulty getting along, and her brother seems angry with her all the time. It's a fast, easy, pleasant read about how Annie deals with all the changes going on and makes new friends. Good for a school visit.

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Barbara
When her family leaves Brooklyn for Clover Gap, New York, fifth grader Andromeda (Annie) is sure that it's her fault because of some information about her family's address that she inadvertently shared with her former principal. But there is much more to the family's departure than that as she eventually learns. Still, Annie decides to keep her impressive memory and awareness of the details about others to herself this time around. As the family settles in to its new home and tries to adjust to ...more
Ms. Yingling
May 02, 2018 rated it liked it
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Things are not going well for Annie's family, so they move from Brooklyn to a very small town. Her mother's job is transferable, and her father has some new opportunities. Neither Annie (Andromeda!) nor her high school aged brother are happy about leaving their old neighborhood and schools, especially for a small town. Annie does manage to make some new friends in her school, but things don't always go smoothly, like the time underwear is stuck in her pants leg from
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Annie’s Life in Lists by Kristin Mahoney, 257 pages. Alfred A. Knopf (Random House), 2018. $17.

Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: G; Violence: G

BUYING ADVISORY: EL, MS – ADVISABLE

AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE

Annie is trying to fit in at a new school, having moved from the city to the small town of Clover Gap. She documents her life in a series of lists as she tries to navigate new friendships, shifts in family, and overcoming shyness. Annie is sure she is the reason she got kicked out of her sch
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Lizz Axnick
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I loved the format. I loved Annie. I loved her experiences and comfort in writing lists. Sometimes the list prose got a little silly, like the part where she lists the 27 steps or the like to do a dare at a slumber party but overall I thought it was enjoyable.

I saw a lot of myself in Annie. I had a few close friends, including one popular girl who always made me feel included. I will forever love her for that (we are still friends after 29 years). Like Annie, I have an uncanny
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Charlotte
Jul 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: y-half-read
Read 30%

Admittedly this is a junior book and I'm 25, so I'm not the target audience, but I still have opinions :P

Pros
1. I like Annie and the way she thinks about the world
2. The lists are surprisingly effective at describing the world and showing Annie's personality
3. Casually bringing up specific non-violent historical examples of racism in a Junior book is wonderful

Cons
1. I didn't have a compelling reason to keep reading. I'm used to reading adventures, and this is slice-of-life. There's a clu
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Mala Ashok
Aug 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Kristin Mahoney writes the story of a year in the life of Andromeda - Annie; only she writes it as a list! Yes, Annie, who doesn't like being called Andromeda, as she tells us in one of her lists, tells us everything that happens in the form of lists. This makes for very easy and interesting reading. Annie's fifth grade life is eventful as the family moves from Brooklyn to Clover Gap- a move Annie and her brother Ted are not too happy about. Annie in particular blames herself without realizing t ...more
Emily
Aug 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a sweet middle school novel by debut NJ author Kristin Mahoney. As the title suggests, the entire book is written as a series of lists created by Annie to explain what's happening in her life (moving, making new friends, fighting with her brother, learning family secrets).

I was attracted to the book because I thought it might serve as a great mentor text (all those list possibilities!). I was a little nervous, though, about whether or not an entire novel of lists would hold my attention. A
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Raechel
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads
Cute story! My original goal was to pre-read this before handing it off to my younger sister (always looking for good reads for her!), but I had gotten halfway and she started reading it, so you ended up finishing it first. ^.^ I was pelased to finish it shortly after, and thought it was a very cute story. Loved that it was entirely written in lists - how creative! I love stories like that; lists, letters, journal entries, etc. I'm definitely in when a book contains one (or more!) of those thing ...more
Debbie Tanner
This is a nice middle grade fiction book about Annie, who lives with her family in Brooklyn. They move out to the country but for a long while, Annie believes it's her fault they had to move (it's kind of a spoiler to tell you why). Annie has an excellent memory (some would call it freakish) and makes lists as a coping strategy. It's a nice enough book. Annie finds that she can make friends and speak up for herself and that empowerment piece is nice. It's also going to be part of our Sunshine St ...more
Sherrie
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved the format of Annie’s Life in List in that we learned about Annie’s life through lists that she created. Annie is the new kid in school when her family moves from Brooklyn, NY to Clover Gap a small town in North Carolina. As with any new situation adjusting is hard at first but Annie works through it and finds her voice along the way. This is a realistic book that gives a realistic look at the way families interact and the issues that they deal with.
Katie Chun
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was a very good book since I really like to be organized and this book is very neatly written. I loved how the book is in lists and is easy to read. I absolutely love this book and how the girl remembers so many things and moves to Clover Gapper and meets new friends. She also gets used to the country life. I really like that and I recommend this book a lot. I hope you guys like this book as much as I did.
Chris
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: not-graphic, life, j
There was a moment early on when I started feeling like the ongoing lists were getting a little too rambling and stream-of-consciousness, but then the story kicked in and that sense went away. In fact, the lists became an ever more effective vehicle for Annie to tell her story. The novelty and fun never wore off, Annie's observations are keen, and the lists really allow her personality to shine through. Highly relatable and enjoyable.
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Kristin Mahoney is the author of Annie's Life in Lists, about a girl who moves from Brooklyn to a small town in the country. Kristin herself grew up in a small town in North Carolina, and eventually moved to Brooklyn. Now she lives in New Jersey with her family, where she makes lots of lists about groceries, writing ideas, and karaoke songs she'd like to sing.