Allie Finkle (known as Allie Punchie in the french versions) is the main protagonist of the series. She has two little brothers, Kevin, the youngest, who is in kindergarten, and Mark, who is in second grade. She has a kitten named Mewsie (initially thought to be female, but is actually male) and the family dog whom the family has had for a very long time, Marvin.
Allie is a 9 year old girl who is a huge animal lover and dreams of becoming a veterinarian when she grows up. She has created a list of for rules on friendship, siblings and everyday life.
After hurting her best friend, Mary Kay, Allie decides to make a book of rules, partaking to friendship and other situations that are not as simple as math or science. The same day, her parents announce to her and her brothers that they are moving. Mary Kay is upset by this, and makes Allie promise not to tell anybody about it yet, because it's her birthday and she doesn't want to ruin it. Allie agrees, but cannot resist the temptation to tell somebody, so she tells Scott Stamphley, who she assumes will not tell anyone else, since nobody likes him. However, he tells the whole class, and Mary Kay stops being friends with Allie. Allie hates her new house when she sees it, because it is run down and old. When she sees that a girl named Erica Harrington lives next door to her, she is more excited for moving, until Erica's brother tells her that there is something scary in the attic. She is convinced it is a zombie hand, which she saw in a movie with her Uncle Jay, and does all she can not to have to move. When she goes out to eat chinese food with her family, she is so upset about having to do something she doesn't want to. She rescues the restaurant's turtle, who she is convinced will be made into turtle soup-something it doesn't want to do, just like her. Uncle Jay promises to take the turtle to live with him as long as she acts happy about moving, and she agrees for the turtle's sake. Uncle Jay's girlfriend, Harmony, writes about Allie's rescue and it gets sent to the paper, so she is a hero in class, making everyone want to be friends with her again-even Mary Kay and Brittany Hauser, who are now best friends and made fun of her only the day before. Allie realizes this and does not go along with it. While passing out cupcakes, she shoves one into Brittany's face, starting a huge food fight, which sends her and Scott to the principal's office. Allie's mother is so angry she tells Allie she can't have a kitten after all, but later, because of how good Allie became about moving, she permits it-after Brittany's mother's show cat has kittens. Allie ends up loving her new room, and reprimands Erica's brother for teasing her.
Starting from the second book, she started attending Pine Heights Elemantary School with her best friends, Erica Harrington, Sophie Abramowitz, Caroline Wu and Rosemary Dawkins. She also got a kitten in this book, named Mewsette (Mewsie for short) from the litter of Lady Serena Archibald, a show cat that belongs to Mrs. Hauser, Brittany Hauser's mother. She was hoping to get a girl kitten, but Mewsie turned out to be a boy kitten. In the second book, Rosemary Dawkins said she was going to beat up Allie. Allie was terrified, because Rosemary was much bigger than her and had a history of beating people up. However after Allie invited Rosemary to lunch at her house, they became friends.
Book 3: Best Friends and Drama Queens
Over Christmas, Allie got Dance Party America on PlayStation, but was very eager for school to start again because her family was tired of playing it and all of her friends were away, except for Sophie who broke her toe playing ice skater, so she couldn't play Dance Party America. Erica, who saw Caroline at the baggage carousel at the airport on the way home from her Christmas vacation, said that Caroline said there was big news. Allie dreamed of what it could be, such as Caroline getting a horse or winning the lottery and moving to a castle, but was disappointed when it was only that there was a new girl in Room 209. When they got to school, Mrs. Hunter asked to speak to Allie, and she started to get excited because she thought she was going to get to show around the new girl. However, Mrs. Hunter instead made her move to back of the room next to Joey and Stuart, when she had been sitting next to Erica. Wanting to be nice to the new girl, Allie pleasantly agreed. The new girl turned out to be Cheyenne, who was rude to all of Allie's friends and Allie, and started a kissing game with the other girls, which Allie thought was horrible. When the kissing game was banned, Cheyenne started making all of the girls "go with" boys, even Sophie and Caroline. When Allie said she didn't want to "go with" boys, Cheyenne and her friends called her immature. When Joey and Allie were the only single people left in Room 209, except for Rosemary, Joey tried to ask Allie to "go with" him, but she said no, saying she didn't want to go with anybody. After this, Cheyenne said everybody was going to call Allie "Big Baby Finkle." After everything, Allie lost it and screamed at Cheyenne. Mrs. Hunter heard, and Allie was afraid that her teacher no longer considered her a "joy." She was so upset when she got home, about everything, that she cried in her closet all afternoon. When her mom got home, Allie told her everything, but refused to let her call Mrs. Hunter. The next day, Mrs. Hunter angrily said to the class that she was aware of the people who were "going with" each other, and everybody was broken up. Cheyenne blamed Allie, but it turned out that almost everyone in the class had their parents call Mrs. Hunter last night. Allie was relieved that her friends were all friends again, and everything was over.
Book 4: Stage Fright
When Mrs. Hunter announces the play Room 209 will be performing for parent's week, Allie immediately wants to be the star, Princess Penelope, but Sophie admits to wanting to be this first. Allie is afraid she cannot try out after all, because she doesn't want to hurt Sophie. Uncle Jay tells her that she should try out, because in the theater the best person wins, and there are no hard feelings, and Sophie would get over it. He and Mark help her practice and Uncle Jay gives her a lot of theater tips. The next day at auditions, Sophie does well, but Cheyenne does good as well, making Sophie nervous. Allie decides to say she is auditioning for the princess to "make sure" Cheyenne doesn't get it, to disguise the fact she really wants it for herself. She uses all the tips Uncle Jay told her, and thinks she does the best of anybody. However, when Mrs. Hunter announces the roles, Sophie is Princess Penelope and Allie has to play the evil queen, which she thinks is the most horrible part in the show. When she gets home she yells at Uncle Jay, but he tells her she got the "character part," which is the hardest part to play and is for the best actress. Allie feels better, and is wonderful at playing the evil queen, making everyone laugh, which she realizes is just as good as making them clap. When Room 209 has their dress rehearsal in front of the kindergarten class, Allie wears red high tops and gives a hilarious performance, which everyone loves except for Sophie, who yells at Allie for not being scary and making everyone like Allie more than Sophie, the lead. Mrs. Hunter hears the outburst and takes Sophie off of the play, which means the role of Princess Penelope is open. Sophie doesn't come back to school after lunch, and Cheyenne volunteers to play the princess in her place. Allie wants to as well, but no one knows her lines, and everyone says she has to be the evil queen because of her ability to play the chartacter. Allie agrees to let Cheyenne play Princess Penelope. However, she, Erica, and Caroline convince Sophie to come back to school and apologize to Allie so Sophie can be the princess again instead of Cheyenne. She does, and the play goes very well, Allie making everyone laugh a lot.
Book 5: Glitter Girls and the Great Fakeout
Allie and her friends are all excited to go to Missy Harrington, Erica's older sister's, baton twirling event at the middle school on Saturday. Allie has a ballet lesson, but tells her friends she's sure she can miss it. When she goes home, she begs her mother, but Mrs. Finkle tells Allie that unfortunately she cannot go to the Twirltacular. Mrs. Hauser called to invite Allie to Brittany's birthday party, and her mother tells her Allie will be attending. Allie is very upset until she learns that Brittany will be taking a limo to Glitterati, a fancy party store, eating at The Cheesecake Factory, and staying in a luxury hotel. She wants to go, but to spare her friend's feelings, lies and says she doesn't want to go but has to, because Mr. Harrington works with Good News, the television program her mother is on, and might stop working with them if Allie doesn't go to the party. Allie's friends are horrified and sympathetic to Allie for having to go to a party she "doesn't want to." On Saturday, Allie starts to wish that she was going to the Twirltacular instead, especially when she sees her friends leaving for it. When she gets in the limo, she discovers Brittany and the other girls think she is now popular and rich, because her mother is on TV, she lives in an old "fancy" house and attends a "fancy" school, and they heard about a boy asking her to go with him (though she said no). Brittany is really extremely jealous of Allie, and tries to embarrass her by making her dress like a pirate at Glitterati. Allie, however, makes the best of the pirate costume and does the best on the runway, making people stare, which Brittany hates. When the girls go to The Cheesecake Factory, gives Brittany one of her own copies of A Wrinkle in Time (because Allie's mother forgot Brittany's real present), which Harmony gave her and is special to her. Brittany clearly thinks it's dumb, and Allie is angry, both at Brittany and herself for coming. She goes to the bathroom in The Cheesecake Factory to get away. After being in there a while, Courtney, who was best friends with Allie for a few weeks before moving, comes to find her. Allie realizes Courtney still wears her half of the best friend necklaces they had, and she has been totally rude to her, not even thinking of her after moving. Allie apologizes, and Courtney says it's okay. Allie, still miserable, borrows Courtney's cell phone to call her Uncle Jay to come pick her up, and he says Harmony, his girlfriend, will come. She invites Courtney to come along, but Courtney says she had better stay, because she has to hang out with these girls at school, and if she left, they'd be awfully mean to her. Allie promises Courtney she will call her and invite her over. Allie goes home with Harmony and gets to go to the Twirltacular finals on Sunday, but knows next time to choose her friends over glamour.
Allie normally dresses in t-shirts, jeans, and sweaters. The model for Allie has shoulder-length brown hair and brown eyes in the US and Canada editions of the book covers. In the UK versions, she has blonde wavy hair and blue eyes. However, author Meg Cabot has said that she purposefully didn't describe Allie's appearance in the books, because she wants readers to envision her however they want.
Friends & Enemies
Erica Harrington - Erica is Allie's best friend. They have a good friendship, often hanging out and having fun. Erica is a peacekeeper (as stated by Allie multiple times) who always tries to make her friends get along, hating it when they fight.
Caroline Wu - Caroline is one of Allie's best friends, too. Allie says Caroline is smart and the best speller she knows.
Sophie Abramowitz - Sophie is another one of Allie's friends, but they are not as close. Allie says Sophie is sometimes dramatic, and is also the prettiest girl in the grade. In Stage Fright, Sophie is mad at Allie because she thought people liked Allie's role in the play more than hers. Sophie is upset by this, yelling that she hates Allie, ultimately getting her kicked out of the play. Sophie apologizes, and the two become friends again.
Rosemary Dawkins - Allie first met Rosemary in the first book, although they didn't talk. In the second book, Rosemary takes a disliking to Allie and is often mean to her, saying she's going to beat her up. Allie realizes that Rosemary might be mean to her because her friend group isn't inclusive. Allie then asks her if she wants to come over for lunch and see her kitten, Mewsie. Rosemary is skeptical at first but accepts, and gets to feed Mewsie. The two soon become friends, even though Rosemary doesn't hang out with the main group much.
Courtney Wilcox - Courtney became Allie's best friend right as she left her old school. At Brittany's birthday party (Glitter Girls and the Great Fake Out) Courtney is quiet most of the time, feeling left out by the group. Courtney tells Allie that they're friends, and that she's not like the rest of the girls, showing her a necklace she bought for her when Allie left her old school. Allie feels bad for forgetting, and Courtney helps Allie fake-sick so she can leave the birthday party.
Brittany Hauser - Brittany Hauser and Allie were friends at her old school, but she started to bully Allie after she told her mother about Brittany swinging a cat around in a suitcase. She nicknames Allie "Allie Stinkle" much to her dismay. Before Allie leaves her old school, Brittany tries to be her friend again, but Allie declines, shoving a cupcake in her face.
Mary Kay Shiner - Allie's former best friend, who dropped Allie after her old class found out she was moving