The Listmaker by Robin Klein
Describe it in 25 words or less. The trials and tribulations of a 12 year old girl who tries to organize her life by writing lists.
Genre: Children’s Literature/Confessional
What did you think of the cover art? It made me feel grown-up reading a book that didn’t have a colorful illustration for the front cover.
Who was your favorite character and why? Sarah, because she was so similar to me!
Who was your least favorite character and why? Piriel, because she was kind of a snob, especially towards the end.
Did it grab you immediately or did it take a while? It didn’t really grab me, but I fell in love with the book! It was brilliant!
Was it plot or character driven? Definitely character driven.
What did you think of the ending? It wasn’t good and it wasn’t bad, either.
What was the moral of the story? You can’t write lists for everything.
Favorite quote: “Keeping everything in order was important. It was like having a map, a compass.” – Sarah
What would you change? Piriel’s surname because it sounded too much like an actress’s surname, and not a real-estate agent’s.
Who would you recommend it to? Children who have a new step-parent or people who like feeling in control of their lives.
Number of unknown words: 10
Craft/Activity: Up-cycled Book Safe
Is 12 too young to start planning a career?