My Life in Dioramas

My Life in Dioramas

Twelve-year-old Kate Marino thinks she is a real mastermind. At least when it comes to hatching a plan to dissuade potential buyers from purchasing Big Red, the old farmhouse that has been the only home Kate has ever known, and which her parents must sell in order to downsize. Kate has not even moved yet, and already her life is changing in unwelcome ways. Every moment and Twelve-year-old Kate Marino thinks she is a real mastermind. At least when it comes to hatching a plan to dissuade poten...

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Title:My Life in Dioramas
Author:Tara Altebrando
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Genres:Childrens
ISBN:0762456817
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:256 pages pages

My Life in Dioramas Reviews

  • Abby Johnson
    Mar 31, 2015
    This book was fine. I like the concept - the idea of a girl saying goodbye to the house she's known all her life by making dioramas of each room is a poignant and sweet one. Kate's also dealing with her mom's depression and her parents' sense of failure in losing the house that they al...
  • Amy Formanski Duffy
    Jul 31, 2015
    Hand this one to tweens looking for a light read about conflicts with friends, moving out of a childhood home and finding creative outlets. Could be good for a preteen book club but the writing is just so-so. ...
  • Sarah Sammis
    Dec 14, 2015
    My Life in Dioramas by Tara Altebrando is about learning to cope with unwanted change. Kate Marino loves living in Big Red, her family's converted barn house but the downturn in the economy has knocked too many holes in the family budget and they have to sell the place in order to down...
  • Heather Gunnell
    Aug 24, 2015
    I flew right through this one. Loved it! Full review to come soon at heathermariereadsmg.blogspot.com ...
  • Julie Williams
    Oct 17, 2015
    Kate can't believe it when she finds out her parents are going to sell the only house she has ever known "Big Red". What about her best friends Stella and Naveen? What about dance? Kate does the only thing she can think of - sabotage. She makes the house smell and setsup load noisesdur...
  • Brenda
    Feb 05, 2015
    Kate's parents have been fighting a lot recently, so when they sit her down to talk, she thinks the worst has finally happened. Her parents are getting divorced. Instead, she hears the word "downsizing." Which to Kate just means that they can't afford to keep their farmhouse, "Big Red....
  • Katie Fitzgerald
    Mar 31, 2015
    This review also appears on my blog, Read-at-Home Mom. In her second middle grade novel, Tara Altebrando introduces Kate Marino, a middle schooler who loves living in her family home, known as Big Red. When she learns that her parents' financial situation is going to require them to...
  • Ms. Yingling
    Jan 31, 2015
    Kate enjoys her life in her family's old house. Both of her parents freelance, so there's lots of time for them to do things together. The problems is that they are struggling financially, and decide to sell the large farmhouse and move in with Kate's grandparents, who live about an ho...
  • Brenda Kahn
    Feb 12, 2015
    This middle grade, moving-household story features an engaging narrator - twelve-year-old Kate, caring but struggling artsy parents, and two best friends who conspire to help Kate save Big Red. This gentle story has a lot to offer. ...
  • Brandy Painter
    Jan 09, 2015
    Originally posted here at Random Musings of a Bibliophile. My Life in Dioramas by Tara Altebrando is a wonderful heart-warming MG story about change, friendship, and family told with humor and realism. Kate has lived her entire life in Big Red, the old farmhouse her parents own. ...
  • Bethe
    Apr 07, 2015
    12 year old Kate's life is thrown a big monkey wrench when her parents decide to sell the only home she has know, rambley old Big Red. Very realistic relationships and reactions, dioramas of favorite memories of life in Big Red tie the book together effectively. This may be a sleeper -...
  • Heidi
    May 10, 2015
    I found the idea of a girl documenting her childhood home in dioramas strangely compelling. It sounds like a great idea, a bit like a 3-D scrapbook. For Kate, leaving the home she has known her whole life is horrifying, especially when it means giving up her friends and a chance to be ...
  • Alice
    Feb 01, 2015
    Solid realistic fiction dealing with real middle school issues in a real but not fake way ...
  • Mary
    Apr 17, 2015
    Kate is having to deal with a number of changes in her family and with her friends, but then she finds out they must leave their family home and she refuses to accept that reality. A quiet middle grade novel about moving and moving on with likable characters, gentle humor, and a nice m...
  • Alex (not a dude) Baugh
    Jun 24, 2015
    Kate Marino, 12, truly loves living in her rambling red farmhouse, affectionately known by everyone in her small Hudson Valley town as Big Red. But when her parents tell her that they are forced to sell Big Red because of money problems, Kate has a hard time accepting this stinging blo...
  • Srosch
    Oct 01, 2017
    Great. ...
  • Aeicha
    Mar 19, 2015
    Twelve year old Kate loves her home, ?Big Red?. She loves its quirks, big back yard, even its stinkbug problem. So when her parents put Big Red up for sale because of money problems, Kate?s convinced her life is ruined. And when her dance class finally gets a chance to compete at...
  • Christie Burke
    Mar 27, 2016
    Nice character development, realistic kid issues, and an active way for the main character to work through her problems. I liked this book overall and would recommend for middle-grade girls who tend to be more contemplative. ...
  • Great Books
    May 27, 2015
    When Kate?s parents decide to sell ?Big Red,? the old, rambling farmhouse where she has lived her entire life, she works on a plan with her friends to sabotage the sale while creating shoebox dioramas of every room in the house to preserve her memories. Reviewer 20 ...
  • Andréa
    Feb 27, 2015
    My Life in Dioramas made me tear up more than once. It's an utterly relatable story about family and friendship and changes. I appreciated the realistic portrayal of financial difficulties and depression -- plenty of kids experience these challenges in their own lives, so it's good for...
  • Hannah
    Jun 01, 2015
    I was provided with a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Kate Marino loves her unusual home, with the high ceilings and the beams that run across them, even with the dead flies that they keep finding in her parents room. She loves her backyard and the str...
  • noelle
    Jul 25, 2016
    Quick, sweet read with a lovable narrator and an adorable cast of well-rounded characters. 5 stars. ...
  • Kary H.
    May 16, 2015
    I was surprised by just how much I liked this book. I went in to it thinking, "Meh" and finished it thinking, "Yes!" Tara Altebrando does a great job of dealing with family stressors, tween-age angst and emotions, friendship, crushes, etc. ...
  • Katherine Wilkins Bienkowski
    May 23, 2015
    It was okay; again, for a younger audience, so I just might be too old. I did want to live in the Big Red house, though, with my dogs and cat and person-family. I liked it better than _Battle of Darcy Lane_. ...
  • Bibi Belford
    Jul 20, 2015
    Nice. I can relate to leaving my house. Kids will also relate to Kate and her friend troubles, parent troubles and moving troubles. ...
  • Liz Friend
    Mar 04, 2015
    The story: Kate's family has run out of money, and now they have to move--right when her dance team has decided to attend a big competition the girls have been dying to try for years. While the rest of the team gets ready, Kate tries to sabotage her parents' real estate deal: first by ...
  • Laurie
    Jan 13, 2015
    Beautifully written, pitch-perfect middle grade! I loved Kate, the twelve-year-old protagonist of this story, and the schemes she comes up with to sabotage the sale of her beloved house, Big Red. The setting is fabulous, and I love the way Tara Altebrando depicts Kate's whole family, e...
  • Maria Tag
    May 19, 2016
    The story: Kate Marino loves her house, the Big Red. But when the horrible ( to Kate) news gets out that Kate's parents are selling the Big Red, life is never the same. She spoils the realtor's showings by hiding bags of stink in the house, playing barking dog noises on her phone, etc....
  • Isobel McIntosh
    Jul 23, 2017
    Tara loves the big, sprawling house she calls "Big Red", stinkbugs and all. So when she discovers that her parents are selling it, she springs into action to sabotage the sale with lots of stinky surprises. To add to the confusion, her Mom isn't herself, and her best friend is acting s...
  • Heather Gunnell
    Oct 31, 2017
    Staff Pick Heather This book is full of emotional ups and downs. Most children have faced the uncertainty of moving to a new place, which makes this story very relatable. I love that Kate is a dancer; she reminded me a lot of my dancing days when I was younger. ...