My Life in Dioramas by Tara Altebrando

Into the Wild

Read My Life in Dioramas Online Free - 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 memory seems fleeting. Making dioramas of the people she loves in the places that she holds dear gives Kate a sense of calm. But there’s no way Kate is going to move now, when her dance troupe is finally going to compete at Dance Nation, and her best friend is starting to replace her with her enemy, Megan. It may take several bags of stink, the help of her friends, and a few fake dogs in order for her to be able to keep her life the way that she knows and loves it.

T.L. Bonaddio’s warm interior illustrations complement Altebrando’s evocative prose and practically make the farmhouse a character that you’ll find yourself wanting the best for. With sincerity and humor, author Tara Altebrando thoughtfully explores the pain—and promise—of letting go.

Title : My Life in Dioramas
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ISBN : 0762456817
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 256 pages


Brandy rated it ★★★★☆

April 21, 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. Now half way throug...

Aeicha rated it ★★★★☆

March 23, 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 Dance Nation, Ka...

Ms. rated it ★★★☆☆

April 19, 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 hour away. Ka...

Heather rated it ★★★★☆

August 25, 2015

I flew right through this one. Loved it! Full review to come soon at

Liz rated it ★★★☆☆

May 19, 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 stashing st...

Isobel rated it ★★★★☆

July 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 strangely wh...

Heather rated it ★★★★★

October 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.

Srosch rated it ★★★★★

October 01, 2017


Alex rated it ★★★★☆

August 06, 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 blow. So, with...

Katie rated it ★★★★☆

December 23, 2016

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 sell the house...

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