Millicent Marie Is Not My Name Book Review


Twelve-year-old Millicent Marie does not like her name. After all, she was named for a woman who died more than fifty years ago and was not the most loveable member of the Harris family. Her friends call her Millie, but when she writes in her diary she refers to herself as Amanda – the name she always wished she had. When Millie’s younger brother finds her diary on her computer, he decides to publish it as a blog for the entire world to see, including the boy Millie has a crush on. In the midst of all the mayhem, Millie/Amanda discovers she is suddenly Springside Elementary’s most sought after sixth-grade mystery gossip and advice columnist. But not all is fun and games, as Millie quickly learns, once she realizes feelings are at stake. Nobody, least of all Millie, expects things to turn out as they do in this tale of friendship and respect.


Millicent is a typical 6th grader who vents her feelings in a diary. And like a typical school going girl, she is clever enough not to mention names while doing so. Of course, she also unthinkingly writes her diary on the computer and her brother finds it. Her brother finds the diary and posts it on a blog created by him for all the world to read.

Overnight Millie or as she calls herself Amanda, in her writing, attains fame in her school with everyone wanting her advice. Finally Millie becomes the girl she always dreamed of being but cannot take credit for it as no one knows who Amanda really is. How long can she go on leading a double life?

It is a book that both girls and boys will enjoy as girls will be able to closely identify with all she goes through and boys will enjoy it for the sheer amusement of the sibling relationship that Millie and her brother Doug share.

Karen has once again come up with a winner. Her writing is well matched to the age group and there is nothing offensive in the book that parents might not like their children to read about.

Well written, great language and a great read. I loved it!!



Karen Pokras Toz is a writer, wife and mom. Karen grew up in Connecticut and currently lives outside of Philadelphia with her husband and three children. In June 2011, Karen published her first middle grade children’s novel for 7-12 year olds called Nate Rocks the World, which won First Place for Children’s Chapter Books and the Grand Prize Overall in the 2012 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards, as well as placing first for a Global E-Book Award for Pre-Teen Literature. In 2012, Karen published the second in the Nate Rocks series, Nate Rocks the Boat, followed by middle grade novel, Millicent Marie Is Not My Name. Karen is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI).


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