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Remarkable by Elizabeth Foley


by Elizabeth Foley

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A fun read about Jane Doe, an unremarkable girl in a very remarkable family in the town of Remarkable where everyone is remarkable except for Jane and her Grandpa, John Doe. Jane is the only student in the "public" school where she is taught by the very unremarkable teacher, Ms. Schnabel who is the sister of Dr. Presnelda, the head of the Remarkable Gifted School. Jane's adventures begin when she meets the Grimlet twins who are smart, mean, and disgusting. The plot includes a pirate, a elusive sea monster names Lucky, a dentist with no clients (everyone's teeth is perfect), a weather machine invented by the Grimlets, and many remarkable citizens of the town of Remarkable. Fun read that proves that the best is really ordinary. ( )
  maryreinert | Jun 19, 2015 |
This book is about the way kids can feel like outsiders, which is taken to the extreme in this absurd situation where Jane is the only ordinary person around (besides her grandfather). The humor is funny for adults and the insightful child - like Jane's last name being "Doe" and the teachers playing fantasy football in the staff room. (That definitely feels like a tidbit thrown in for classroom teachers reading this book to or with students.)
  vsoler | Jun 4, 2014 |
This a page turning mystery story that will keep kids guessing. It is about a town, Remarkable, where everyone is extraordinary. However, ten year old Jane Doe is the only average person in town and is kind of an outcast. When twins and a pirate captain come to town to reveal everyone's secretes that make them extraordinary it is Jane Doe who saves the day and the town. A great short mystery for young readers. ( )
  natalie.loy | Jun 4, 2014 |
  BRCSBooks | Dec 17, 2013 |
Jeb tended to get angry when he was hungry--a condition known as "being hangry." ...from p.145

I know this condition well. The most dangerous place for anyone would be between me and my food.

As you might imagine, etiquette experts tend not to be particularly fun, kind, or loving--which is why they should never be parents. But the etiquette experts never understand this, and so they often have children anyway. ...from p.233


This was a nice enough story of a young girl learning to appreciate and accept herself. It's possible the younger me may have liked this book a little more. There's certainly plenty to swoon over. Pirates! A sea monster! Misfits! This would be a fun read-aloud too. It's just...I found it impossible to relate to Jane Doe (our protagonist) and the town is filled with snooty, holier-than-thou types. Yikes!

In my family, a book like this could maybe serve as a sort of cautionary tale. Jane Doe is a doormat and lets anyone and everyone shit all over her. Don't be a Jane.

Quick note: I received this book courtesy of Goodreads' First Reads program. ( )
  diovival | Oct 14, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0803737068, Hardcover)

A wonderfully whimsical debut that proves ordinary people can do extraordinary things

In the mountain town of Remarkable, everyone is extraordinarily talented, extraordinarily gifted, or just plain extraordinary. Everyone, that is, except Jane Doe, the most average ten-year-old who ever lived. But everything changes when the mischievous, downright criminal Grimlet twins enroll in Jane's school and a strange pirate captain appears in town.

Thus begins a series of adventures that put some of Remarkable's most infamous inhabitants and their long-held secrets in danger. It's up to Jane, in her own modest style, to come to the rescue and prove that she is capable of some rather exceptional things.

With a page-turning mystery and larger-than-life cast of characters, Lizzie K. Foley's debut is nothing short of remarkable.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:20:07 -0400)

Ten-year-old Jane Doe, the only student average enough to be excluded from the town of Remarkable's School for the Remarkably Gifted, is joined at her public school by the trouble-making Grimlet twins, who lead her on a series of adventures involving an out-of-control science fair project, a pirate captain on the run from a mutinous crew, a lonely dentist, and a newly constructed bell tower that endangers Remarkable's most beloved inhabitant--a skittish lake monster named Lucky.… (more)

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