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The Meaning of Maggie

A Novel
Sovern, Megan Jean (Book - 2014)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
The Meaning of Maggie
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Eleven-year-old Maggie Mayfield is an A-plus student with big plans for herself, but at this moment she is also facing a lot of problems--like starting middle school and figuring out how to help her father who is out of work and in a wheelchair.
Authors: Sovern, Megan Jean
Title: The meaning of Maggie
a novel
Publisher: San Francisco :, Chronicle Books,, [2014]
Characteristics: 220 pages ;,22 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Summary: Eleven-year-old Maggie Mayfield is an A-plus student with big plans for herself, but at this moment she is also facing a lot of problems--like starting middle school and figuring out how to help her father who is out of work and in a wheelchair.
Local Note: 1 6 15 17 18 33 35 53 74 76 80 97 118 122 133 138 143 148 149 150 152 153 172 173 182 188 193 203 210 216 222 224 226 228 232 233 234 235 236 237 242 245 250 261 268 278
ISBN: 9781452110219
1452110212
Statement of Responsibility: by Megan Jean Sovern
Subject Headings: Fathers and daughters Juvenile fiction. Families Juvenile fiction. Multiple sclerosis Juvenile fiction. Middle schools Juvenile fiction. Fathers and daughters Fiction. Family life Fiction. Multiple sclerosis Fiction. Middle schools Fiction. Schools Fiction.
Genre/Form: Bildungsromans.
Topical Term: Fathers and daughters
Families
Multiple sclerosis
Middle schools
Fathers and daughters
Family life
Multiple sclerosis
Middle schools
Schools
LCCN: 2013029644
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It's been a long time since I have fallen in love with a book character, but I loved Maggie instantly! The book is everything I want from realistic fiction, laughter and tears and truth. Plus there are footnotes adding to its charm. Suggested for grades 4-7.

"Eleven-year old Maggie wants to become President of the United States someday, so it's important for her to begin writing her memoirs. She's certainly got enough to write about: this year she's starting middle school, preparing for another science fair win, getting used to her mum's new job, and dealing with her makeup-obsessed sisters. On top of all that, Maggie worries about her dad's failing health and desperately wishes that she could fix his multiple sclerosis. Readers who like the bittersweet stories and smart, complicated heroines in Holly Goldberg Sloan's Counting by 7s and Robin Herrera's Hope is a Ferris Wheel will love The Meaning of Maggie." Kids' Books July 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/21839b92-4eae-4123-8f25-b6fadc74aa87?postId=e9701543-3b33-48ca-a3ab-c7a4eb3a9766

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Maggie may be a genius, and she certainly is on the path to someday becoming President, but when her father's debilitating illness gets worse she discovers that even being the smartest person in the room isn't enough unless you have family.
- Betsy BIrd

Jun 05, 2014
  • m2 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Funny coming of age story about a precocious straight A student learning over the course of a year to deal with her father's devastating illness and all the changes that makes in her family -- and herself. Real and poignant and pungent with 1980's tinged truth. Might be a Newbery contender because Maggie's voice is very good.

Mar 19, 2014
  • EricaReynolds rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Loved this book--due out spring of 2014, and highly recommended. Maggie is 11 and intent on being president, so you know, there is a lot to be considered, studied, and planned for--even when you're still a tween. This would be a charming book with just Maggie as the main character, but it is all the more bittersweet and compelling as Maggie deals with her Dad's MS and the fact that his legs have just stopped working. All told from Maggie's point of view. She is a wonderful character, and I think adults who have precocious, slightly quirky tweens in their lives will love it too.

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