Maggie Bean in Love (Maggie Bean Series #3)

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At the start of 8th grade, Maggie Bean is really, truly, 100% happy. She's successfully maintained her weight, moved into a beautiful house her family actually owns, and ? best of all ? fallen in love. That's right?love. The real kind, with actual dates, hand holding, laughing and wishing every perfect moment would never end. Maggie wants nothing more than to bask in the joy of having a boyfriend, being a girlfriend and enjoying eighth grade. But eighth grade is serious ? it's one year closer to high school, ...

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At the start of 8th grade, Maggie Bean is really, truly, 100% happy. She's successfully maintained her weight, moved into a beautiful house her family actually owns, and — best of all — fallen in love. That's right—love. The real kind, with actual dates, hand holding, laughing and wishing every perfect moment would never end. Maggie wants nothing more than to bask in the joy of having a boyfriend, being a girlfriend and enjoying eighth grade. But eighth grade is serious — it's one year closer to high school, college and the rest of her life, and Maggie has a lot to do: academic clubs, the swim team, the Patrol This weight-loss club... On top of that, she is striving to the best friend, daughter, and sister she can be (not to mention girlfriend). Balancing everything requires a lot of careful planning and organizing—and, this time, Maggie's Master Mult-Tasker might not be enough. Can she handle the pressure? Can she be everything to everybody—including herself? And will her new relationship survive while she's figuring it all out?

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Children's Literature - Sarah Maury Swan
For the first time, Maggie Bean has learned to control her lust for chocolate and consequently her weight, so she is really looking forward to eighth grade where she will be on the swim team. But she has weighed herself down with too much baggage—real and emotional—and she keeps piling more on. Last year, when she was still her chubby self, she had told Peter Atwood, as they stood side by side at their lockers, that she liked him. He had spurned her attention. So this year she is embarrassed to go to her locker and face Peter, which means she carries all her books all the time. As the school year progresses, teachers add more and more books to her already bulging book bag until Maggie feels she is collapsing under the weight of it. To add to that pressure, Maggie has been put in charge of saving the swim team from budget cuts: either the girls' swim team or the girls' synchronized swim group has to go. Aided by her friends, Maggie starts a student petition to keep the swim team, but the "witchy" synchronized swimmers keep bribing students to sign their petition instead. Maggie and her new boyfriend, Arnie, are also counselors in a group to help overweight kids start exercising and eating a healthier diet. The problem is they are so good at what they do, more and more kids sign up. And then there is the big problem of when Arnie and she will have their first kiss. In the end, Maggie helps save the swim team, talks to Peter, and has her first kiss with Arnie. Written with a lot of energy and sympathy, this book, third in the "Maggie Bean" series, is an enjoyable read. Reviewer: Sarah Maury Swan
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416987000
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: 12/22/2009
  • Series: Maggie Bean Series , #3
  • Edition description: Repackage
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 429,518
  • Age range: 9 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Tricia Rayburn

Tricia Rayburn lives on eastern Long island with her fiancé and crazy shih tzu. She tries to eat vegetables instead of candy but, in her weaker moments, loves Reese's Pieces. The Melting of Maggie Bean is her first novel.

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Maggie Bean in Love


By Tricia Rayburn

Aladdin

Copyright © 2009 Tricia Rayburn
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9781416987000

1.



Maggie Bean stood at the greeting-card end of the stationery aisle, biting her lip and carefully deciding which sentiment would leave the best impression. ?Thinking of You? and ?Just Saying Hello? were definitely more appropriate than ?Happy Birthday? and ?Get Well Soon,? but that didn?t make the selection much easier. On the outside, those cards, the ones decorated with purple flowers and smiling cartoon puppies, seemed perfectly, innocently sweet. But on the inside, with messages like ?I treasure our time together? and ?Your smile illuminates my soul? written in elaborate script, they were total sugar overload. And since Arnie and Maggie had probably already consumed enough sugar to fuel the Hershey?s factory for an entire year, none of those cards would work as the card?the one Maggie planned to give Arnie in honor of their very first date.


?Found it.?


Maggie took the card Aimee held toward her, looked at it, and handed it right back.


?You didn?t even read it,? Aimee protested.


?I didn?t have to,? Maggie said.


?But it could be the one that says exactly what you want it to. It could be the card that keeps Arnie smiling for days. It could be the start of something truly magical.?


?It could be,? Maggie agreed. ?Which is why the glitter is so unfortunate.?


Aimee?s mouth dropped open like they were eight years old and Maggie had just suggested Santa Claus was a figment of the mall. ?You don?t like glitter??


?Or feathers, sequins, plastic gems, and 3-D cutouts.? Maggie pointed to examples of what to avoid on the rack.


?But, pretty, sparkly cards are the only ones I give,? Aimee said quickly, apparently still in shock. ?Pretty, sparkly cards are the only ones you?ve gotten from me for every birthday and major holiday in the entire history of our friendship.?


?And I love them all!? Maggie clarified. ?But ? I?m a girl.?


?Ah.? Aimee slid the card back in its slot. ?Well, I hate to say it, Mags, but if you?re trying to find a boy card, you?ve got a tough job ahead of you. Boys don?t do cards.?


Maggie looked away from the rack to face Aimee.


?They do e-mail. IMs. Text messages. Sometimes phone calls?but only when absolutely necessary, and always under five minutes.?


?We give my dad cards all the time??


?He?s your dad,? Aimee said simply. ?Not a thirteen-year-old boy who wouldn?t even know how to seal an envelope if his mother didn?t lick it for him.?


?And you couldn?t have brought this to my attention half an hour ago??


Aimee shrugged and grinned sweetly. ?Who am I to stand in the way of true love??


True love.


Her face burning red at the thought, Maggie swallowed and turned back to the rack. That was one greeting card category she?d eliminated immediately?no need to consider ?You?re the love of my life,? ?I never knew love until I knew you,? or ?I love you, I love you, I love you!? when she and Arnie hadn?t even been to the movies by themselves yet.


?Be right back,? Aimee said. ?I told my dad I?d pick up some stuff for him.?


?Could you grab some purple highlighters?? Maggie asked, somehow managing to think of something besides her almost-first boyfriend (fingers crossed) for one second.


Aimee eyed the shopping basket at Maggie?s feet. ?Seriously??


Maggie looked down at the basket overflowing with notebooks, folders, pencils, pens, erasers, index cards, Wite-Out, paper clips, rubber bands, glue, and Post-its. A pack of pink, yellow, green, blue, and orange highlighters sat precariously on top of the pile.


?I need purple,? Maggie explained. ?It?s the color I use for SAT vocabulary words.?


?Even though??


?The SATs are still four years away?? Maggie finished. ?Yes.?


?Can I also grab People magazine for you? So you can enjoy a healthier work-life balance??


?If you must.? Maggie grinned as Aimee headed down the aisle. They both knew her work-life balance was the best it?d ever been?and about to get even better.


Which was why the card was so important. Next to Aimee, Arnie was her best friend. They?d been through a lot together in the past year. After meeting at Pound Patrollers, where they?d bonded over being the only kids in a circle of middle-aged chocoholics, Arnie had helped Maggie survive embarrassing weight-loss meetings, chocolate relapses, and family turmoil. And two weeks ago, at her family?s house-warming party, he?d confessed what she probably should?ve known but had been too distracted to notice.


Arnie liked her. As more than a friend.


And now they were going out. Or, at least, they were about to go out, on a date.


Arnie had given her a beautiful silver bracelet with an aquamarine stone at her family?s housewarming party, and in honor of their first date, she wanted to give him something in return. Something that said, ?Thank you for being my friend. Thank you for putting up with me when I wasn?t the easiest person to put up with, and for liking me despite everything I don?t like about myself. Thank you for being supersweet and funny and adorable. Thank you for being you, and for wanting to be with me. I promise to be the best girlfriend ever.?


?Hey, Maggie.?


Maggie looked up to see Anabel Richards and Julia Swanson, cocaptains of Water Wings, their school?s synchronized swim team, standing near the ?I?m Sorry? greeting card section. They were still tall, thin, and dressed like they?d just left an InStyle cover shoot. Their skin glowed a deep, warm gold, most likely because they?d spent their summer vacations lounging on some European beach. This time last year, unexpectedly seeing them here would?ve been enough to make Maggie freeze. That, or run from the drugstore before they noticed her.


But that was then, and this was now. They were about to start eighth grade. Why not start with a clean slate?


?Hi.? Maggie offered a small smile.


?Hey,? Julia said again, shooting Anabel a look, like she hadn?t expected Maggie to respond.


?How was your summer??


?Great!? Julia?s voice was unnaturally bright.


?And yours?? Anabel asked.


?Also great,? Maggie said. ?Thanks.?


Anabel nodded, and her eyes darted toward Julia. When Julia continued to smile without speaking, Anabel gave her a quick elbow jab.


?Okay.? Julia exhaled sharply, like Anabel?s jab had reminded her to breathe. ?We?ve been dying to know.?


?Dying,? Anabel agreed. ?All summer.?


Maggie paused. ?Dying to know what?? She knew there was no way she had the information they?d apparently been waiting for.


Julia and Anabel exchanged wide-eyed looks, as though each silently begged the other to answer.


?About your boyfriend!? Anabel finally exclaimed.


So much for starting fresh. Immediately embarrassed for being put on the spot?and not even sure what they were talking about?Maggie felt her cheeks burn and her pulse race. A year later and the most popular girls in school still had this effect on her, like she still weighed more than the two of them combined, and longed to live up to their superficial standards.


?Which one??


Maggie spun around, relieved to see Aimee headed their way. When she turned back, she caught Julia and Anabel exchanging more looks, their eyes even wider than before.


?Which one?? Anabel repeated.


?There?s more than one?? Julia added.


?What happened to Mr. Perfect??


While Maggie immediately pictured Arnie and wondered how on earth they?d heard about the recent development, Aimee waved one hand and rolled her eyes. ?Please,? Aimee said, handing Maggie three purple highlighters and People magazine. ?That was over months ago.?


?Really?? Julia squeaked.


?The Abercrombie surfer who did crossword puzzles with his grandmother, volunteered at homeless shelters, and worshipped you?? Anabel looked at Maggie, shocked. ?What happened??


Maggie?s heart sank slightly. She really wished it wouldn?t, because everything was so good, and she was so happy now, but she couldn?t help it. The last time she?d seen Julia and Anabel was in the drugstore at the beginning of the summer, right before she?d told Peter Applewood that she liked him?and learned that he didn?t feel the same way. That day, in Maggie?s defense and for Julia?s and Anabel?s benefit, Aimee had made Peter sound like Leonardo DiCaprio.


?They grew apart.? Aimee shrugged. ?It happens. Especially when high school guys start asking you out.?


Maggie wished she could?ve enjoyed Julia?s and Anabel?s stunned disbelief, but instead, her heart sank again. It was true that Ben, her cute coworker at Camp Sound View, was in high school and had asked her out ? but he?d also stopped talking to her the second he found out that she once ate chocolate the way other people breathe oxygen.


?And by the way,? Aimee added, as though letting Julia and Anabel in on a secret, ?high school guys aren?t all they?re cracked up to be. Which is why Maggie had to move on to someone else.?


?But I?m so glad you had a great summer,? Maggie said quickly. Julia and Anabel looked like Aimee had just told them Maggie had won $100 million in the lottery and given away every penny.


?Maybe you can tell us all about it at school next week,? Aimee suggested. She picked up Maggie?s shopping basket and handed it to her.


?Right.? Maggie took the basket and started walking down the aisle. ?Can?t believe it?eighth grade already!?


Maggie knew Julia and Anabel were watching her and Aimee head for the register, eyes still wide and mouths open. Maybe later, once they were out of the store and out of interrogation range, she?d find the encounter funny. But right then, all she could think about was getting out.


Reaching the checkout, Maggie quickly unloaded her basket onto the counter. As the saleswoman rang up her school supplies, Maggie?s heart sank yet again. ?I forgot it.?


?Impossible,? Aimee said automatically. ?You have enough there to educate an entire school.?


?Arnie?s card,? Maggie groaned quietly. ?I have to go back.?


?Mags. Seriously. Send him an e-mail.?


Maggie glanced over her shoulder. She knew Julia and Anabel couldn?t have gotten far. And even though the last thing she wanted was to risk any unwanted questions, she also couldn?t leave the store without Arnie?s card.


Thinking only of him, her cute, funny, almost-first boyfriend, she left the counter and strode back toward the stationery aisle. Anabel and Julia still stood where she and Aimee had left them, whispering fiercely, but Maggie just flashed a smile and grabbed the first card she reached in the ?Thinking of You? section.


Later, once safely back home and thinking more clearly, she might regret the fast selection. After all, the picture of a heart-shaped piece of chocolate under the pink-scripted ?You?re Sweet? was covered in silver glitter. But then again, since the inside of the card was blank, and she?d have to write out exactly what she wanted to say, she might not. Either way, she really couldn?t go wrong.


Because she was giving the card to Arnie, her very first boyfriend.


Almost.


? 2009 Tricia Rayburn



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  • Posted February 27, 2010

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    Reviewed by Jennifer Rummel for TeensReadToo.com

    It's the start of eighth grade, and Maggie has more drama than ever. She finds out that her beloved swim team might be cut due to funding. Immediately, she's elected to save the team. Maggie has no idea how to beat the Water Wings, the most popular girls in school and her arch nemeses.

    Her best friend comes to her house one day armed with ideas on how to make the swim team stand out. Maggie and Aimee come up with a plan, but Maggie's worried about Aimee and something she read that could change her friend's life. Why isn't Aimee saying anything?

    Pound Patrol is still going strong, with more kids enrolled than ever before.

    Plus, Maggie has her first boyfriend - her friend, Arnie. Now that they've confessed their feelings, it's time to take their relationship to the next level. Maggie and Arnie are comfortable talking about almost anything, until this newfound status makes them shy around each other. Maggie wonders why Arnie isn't kissing her and what she's doing wrong.

    Normally, Maggie schedules out her entire day but little things keep throwing off her schedule, leaving her frustrated, busy, and unable to enjoy life as it comes. Will Maggie collapse under all this stress? How can she enjoy her first boyfriend with all the craziness in her life?

    The third book in this delightful series is a sweet tale about a first boyfriend and the awkwardness and joys of dating your best friend.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2011

    I read this book and fell i love

    When i picked this book up i started eading and i d not put the book down untill it was finneshed. This book is amazing

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 2, 2011

    great

    thaat was so amazing! Read whole series please. by: Malaika

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2012

    I read the others but......

    The first two books i read in the series (the melting of maggie bean and maggie bean stays afloat) were awesome and i couldnt put them down. But i dont know if this one will be as good. If u read the other 2 books and this one then tell me if it is as good or even better. PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2010

    I Enjoyed it!

    This is a great book. This talks about Maggie getting into another situation again. I really enjoyed reading this book and I learned a lot of things. The romance that Rayburn talks about is really realistic and after everything Maggie went through, she figured out that sometimes you just need to take things slowly. At one point, she plans this really perfect date with her boyfriend but it turns out wrong. You have to read the book to find out what happens!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 8, 2011

    awsome

    awsome book

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2014

    The best book ever!

    I read the first one in a day and fell in love with it! I couldn't put it down. Two days later, i am done with the series! I would totaly recomend this to children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2014

    Waaaaaaaqhhhh i need love help!!

    I have a crush on this guy named Drake. I think he likes me. But also, my friend Will (a boy i am a girl) just told me he had a crush on me!! I dont know who i should tell i like! Plz hurry because Will is moving to a new school!!!!!!!!!! I need to recover bc will is like my bff and i cry evrry night bc hes moving schoools REPLY TO LOVE HELP

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2013

    Really good

    The maggie bean books are some of the best i would really recomend it to everyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2013

    Anonymous

    I love this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2012

    Willow?

    Hey its willow-
    hello agian its willow i got this thing to rate books if u get a rate from me u r considerd a very lucky person i have travled all over the world i also know lots of people i do have a phone i do have a instagram but most impirtantly i have a nook i thought this bok was very heartwarming and cheerful yes maggie goes through some tough times but overall she learns that good is more powerful than bad come back for more your friend and rater

    -VVi//ow

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2012

    amity

    So i liked the first book and the secind im almost finished with i was just windering if anyone thinks i should keep reading

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2012

    Don't know

    Don't know if I'll like the third book. Even though I loved the first two books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2012

    Anonymous

    Cute book!!!!! I loved it and reccomend it too everyone:). Couldnt put it down-- wish there were more books to the series!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2012

    Awesome

    Awesome book..... does anyone know if she is goimg to write any more Maggoe Bean books. Btw i love this book. - by hannah

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2012

    Shuld i read

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    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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