Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The Meaning of Maggie by Megan Jean Sovern

The Meaning of Maggie
by Megan Jean Sovern

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Just released: May 6, 2014
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Genre: Middle Grade, Illness
Hardback: 220 pages
Rating: 4.5

As befits a future President of the United States of America, Maggie Mayfield has decided to write a memoir of the past year of her life. And what a banner year it’s been! During this period she’s Student of the Month on a regular basis, an official shareholder of Coca-Cola stock, and defending Science Fair champion.

Most importantly, though, this is the year Maggie has to pull up her bootstraps (the family motto) and finally learn why her cool-dude dad is in a wheelchair, no matter how scary that is.

Author Megan Jean Sovern, herself the daughter of a dad with multiple sclerosis, writes with the funny grace and assured prose of a new literary star.

A portion of the proceeds of the sale of this book will be donated to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Zombie sighting:
Dad answered before Clyde could. "You're a zombie Buddy Holly, right?"
-chapter 6, page 60

My two-bits:

Told from the perspective of a tween, this is a very touching story of a family and their experience with Multiple Sclerosis.

The main character, Maggie, keeps the story light and fun. She is an exceptionally smart girl with a spunky attitude.

Warning: a box of tissues may come in handy for sad moments


Praise for book:

“The Meaning of Maggie does for middle-grade fiction what John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars did for teen literature: Both portray coping with serious illness as one aspect of a complex character, not as the single issue that defines them.”–BookPage

“Smart, sensitive, sad and funny.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Readers will appreciate Maggie’s humor and rejoice in her growth. This is a remarkable story of a working-class family pulling together in the face of a serious illness.”–School Library Journal, starred review

“Maggie is a firecracker character, one who sparkles with wit, cynicism, love, and potential. Her voice will charm and captivate readers.”–Shelf Awarness for Readers, starred review

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  1. Fab review! I love emotional family stories!

  2. This does sound neat and a good way to speak of MS. Thanks for sharing!


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