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THE WINNER OF a National Book Award, a Newbery Honor, and countless other awards has written her richest, most spirited book yet, filled with characters that readers will love, and never forget.

Jane is 12 years old, and she is ready for adventures, to move beyond the world of her siblings and single mother and their house by the sea, and step into the “know-not what.” And, over the summer, adventures do seem to find Jane, whether it’s a thrilling ride in a hot-air balloon, the appearances of a slew of possible fathers, or a weird new friendship with a preacher and psychic wannabe. Most important, there’s Jane’s discovery of what lies at the heart of all great adventures: that it’s not what happens to you that matters, but what you learn about yourself.

And don't miss Polly Horvath's Northward to the Moon, the sequel to My One Hundred Adventures.


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Published: Random House Kids an imprint of Random House Publishing Group on
ISBN: 9780375892318
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Adventure stories are always hard to write, because everyone likes different kinds of adventures. " My One Hundred Adventures" as the title of a book can attract many people with different tastes. Jane is a young teenager with two younger bothers and a younger sister, living on the beach in Massachusetts. All Jane wants this summer is to have fun. During church one day she doesn't know what to pray for, so she prays to have one hundred different adventures this summer. Throughout her summer Jane is faced with many challenges and adventures. She meets many new and interesting people. She meets power wielding pastors, fruit hat wearing old women, clothes hanger men, and many other strange people."My One Hundred Adventures" by Polly Horvath shows readers that anything can be an adventure in your own eyes.This book was a good book but it had some things that I really didn't like. Everyone likes different kinds of adventures, but I didn't like some of the adventures that Jane took in this book. A few of the adventures in the book involved physic readings and people who think they had the power to heal people. The healing wasn't supposed to be fantasy. I didn't like this part of the book. I don't enjoy those things so this part of the book was boring for me.Until the last few chapters, the book was quite hard to follow. There wasn't a visible plot to the story. I found myself confused until the end, when things from the beginning began to clear up. I don't like being confused for half of a book.One thing that I really liked was the writing in the book. Polly Horvath is a very good writer. She is descriptive but not too descriptive. It felt like I was right next to Jane. I could feel and smell the cool ocean breeze in the evening, or feel the soft grainy sand in between my toes. This writing did make the book a little more interesting for me. It was some of the most well written and descriptive writing I have ever read.Some of the adventures Jane goes on would be really fun. At points in the book I wanted to be Jane and do some of the cool things she did. Other adventures I thought were boring. But Jane thought all of her adventures, big or small were adventures none the less."My One Hundred Adventures" was a good book. It had some things that I didn't like, but it also had some things that I did like. The book was baked well, but some of it got stuck left in the pan.more
Funny stories of a young girl as she tries to understand her Mother's lifemore
Jane lives in a cottage on the beach with her bohemian, artistic mother and 3 younger siblings. In the face of her idyllic existence, Jane prays for adventure, and does she ever get it! Join Jane as she flies in a hot air balloon, delivers Bibles with her crazy preacher, and babysits for the worst family imaginable. Beautifully written in a lyrical style which will make you nostalgic for youthful summer adventures.more
12-year-old Jane lives in a house on a beach with her single mother and various siblings, of whom she is oldest. She takes everything well in stride, from potential fathers to hot-air balloons to blackmail. Horvath's Jane is a believable, stolid child who longs for adventure and gets it, although her somewhat haphazard summer escapades are accompanied by increased responsibility and, in time, maturity. The reader is lazily brought along for the ride-- not by an intriguing story, but by Jane's openness and enthusiasm for life. Overall, thoroughly enjoyable.more
Jane wants her summer to contain 100 adventures, something beyond her life with just her usual routine. Adventures of different sorts seem to keep finding Jane. She learns about herself, neighbors, and her poet mother.more
Throw some strange male figures (who could possibly be the father of our main character or one of her siblings), adventures, and a crazy Christian woman and you have a story that is shown completely through the eyes of a child. I just loved this book, the adventures the young girl had were just so fun and interesting. It's a must read for all children's librarians and lovers of children's literature.more
Twelve-year-old Jane Fielding, who lives at the beach in a run-down old house with her poetess mother, two brothers, and sister, has an eventful summer accompanying her pastor on bible deliveries, meeting former boyfriends of her mother's, and being coerced into babysitting for a family of ill-mannered children, all the while learning valuable lessons about life.more
Jane prays for one hundred adventures, but her adventures come in all shapes and sizes. She delivers Bibles from a hot air balloon, goes in search of a transparent poodle, and visits a spiritual medium. A lot of people I know really liked this book and I can see that parts of it are beautifully written, although I thought it was sometimes over-written. The main character doesn't have a really strong voice and that made it hard for me to care about her. I couldn't figure out what age she's supposed to be. Sometimes she seemed pretty young and other times she seemed like a teenager (maybe she was in between and that's the point...). I found the wacky characters annoying instead of endearing. "Muddled" was the best word I could come up with to describe it.more
This book spoke to me on many levels. First of all, I loved the seasonal journey through the story--raspberry, strawberry, blueberry. I chuckled at the description of the main character trying to babysit the herd of young children, since I had been in a similar situation when I was in sixth grade. I could see the literary mom living on the Massachusetts coast in a small bungalow and maximizing the her talents at self sufficiency. I love the simple mystery of the identity of the fathers. Very similar qualities were evident in Horvath's Everything on a Waffle, which I also loved!more
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Adventure stories are always hard to write, because everyone likes different kinds of adventures. " My One Hundred Adventures" as the title of a book can attract many people with different tastes. Jane is a young teenager with two younger bothers and a younger sister, living on the beach in Massachusetts. All Jane wants this summer is to have fun. During church one day she doesn't know what to pray for, so she prays to have one hundred different adventures this summer. Throughout her summer Jane is faced with many challenges and adventures. She meets many new and interesting people. She meets power wielding pastors, fruit hat wearing old women, clothes hanger men, and many other strange people."My One Hundred Adventures" by Polly Horvath shows readers that anything can be an adventure in your own eyes.This book was a good book but it had some things that I really didn't like. Everyone likes different kinds of adventures, but I didn't like some of the adventures that Jane took in this book. A few of the adventures in the book involved physic readings and people who think they had the power to heal people. The healing wasn't supposed to be fantasy. I didn't like this part of the book. I don't enjoy those things so this part of the book was boring for me.Until the last few chapters, the book was quite hard to follow. There wasn't a visible plot to the story. I found myself confused until the end, when things from the beginning began to clear up. I don't like being confused for half of a book.One thing that I really liked was the writing in the book. Polly Horvath is a very good writer. She is descriptive but not too descriptive. It felt like I was right next to Jane. I could feel and smell the cool ocean breeze in the evening, or feel the soft grainy sand in between my toes. This writing did make the book a little more interesting for me. It was some of the most well written and descriptive writing I have ever read.Some of the adventures Jane goes on would be really fun. At points in the book I wanted to be Jane and do some of the cool things she did. Other adventures I thought were boring. But Jane thought all of her adventures, big or small were adventures none the less."My One Hundred Adventures" was a good book. It had some things that I didn't like, but it also had some things that I did like. The book was baked well, but some of it got stuck left in the pan.more
Funny stories of a young girl as she tries to understand her Mother's lifemore
Jane lives in a cottage on the beach with her bohemian, artistic mother and 3 younger siblings. In the face of her idyllic existence, Jane prays for adventure, and does she ever get it! Join Jane as she flies in a hot air balloon, delivers Bibles with her crazy preacher, and babysits for the worst family imaginable. Beautifully written in a lyrical style which will make you nostalgic for youthful summer adventures.more
12-year-old Jane lives in a house on a beach with her single mother and various siblings, of whom she is oldest. She takes everything well in stride, from potential fathers to hot-air balloons to blackmail. Horvath's Jane is a believable, stolid child who longs for adventure and gets it, although her somewhat haphazard summer escapades are accompanied by increased responsibility and, in time, maturity. The reader is lazily brought along for the ride-- not by an intriguing story, but by Jane's openness and enthusiasm for life. Overall, thoroughly enjoyable.more
Jane wants her summer to contain 100 adventures, something beyond her life with just her usual routine. Adventures of different sorts seem to keep finding Jane. She learns about herself, neighbors, and her poet mother.more
Throw some strange male figures (who could possibly be the father of our main character or one of her siblings), adventures, and a crazy Christian woman and you have a story that is shown completely through the eyes of a child. I just loved this book, the adventures the young girl had were just so fun and interesting. It's a must read for all children's librarians and lovers of children's literature.more
Twelve-year-old Jane Fielding, who lives at the beach in a run-down old house with her poetess mother, two brothers, and sister, has an eventful summer accompanying her pastor on bible deliveries, meeting former boyfriends of her mother's, and being coerced into babysitting for a family of ill-mannered children, all the while learning valuable lessons about life.more
Jane prays for one hundred adventures, but her adventures come in all shapes and sizes. She delivers Bibles from a hot air balloon, goes in search of a transparent poodle, and visits a spiritual medium. A lot of people I know really liked this book and I can see that parts of it are beautifully written, although I thought it was sometimes over-written. The main character doesn't have a really strong voice and that made it hard for me to care about her. I couldn't figure out what age she's supposed to be. Sometimes she seemed pretty young and other times she seemed like a teenager (maybe she was in between and that's the point...). I found the wacky characters annoying instead of endearing. "Muddled" was the best word I could come up with to describe it.more
This book spoke to me on many levels. First of all, I loved the seasonal journey through the story--raspberry, strawberry, blueberry. I chuckled at the description of the main character trying to babysit the herd of young children, since I had been in a similar situation when I was in sixth grade. I could see the literary mom living on the Massachusetts coast in a small bungalow and maximizing the her talents at self sufficiency. I love the simple mystery of the identity of the fathers. Very similar qualities were evident in Horvath's Everything on a Waffle, which I also loved!more
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