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Most people aren't very comfortable in the woods, but the woods of Briery Swamp fit May Bird like a fuzzy mitten. There, she is safe from school and the taunts and teases of kids who don't understand her. Hidden in the trees, May is a warrior princess, and her cat, Somber Kitty, is her brave guardian.

Then May falls into the lake.

When she crawls out, May finds herself in a world that most certainly does not feel like a fuzzy mitten. In fact it...

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Overview

Most people aren't very comfortable in the woods, but the woods of Briery Swamp fit May Bird like a fuzzy mitten. There, she is safe from school and the taunts and teases of kids who don't understand her. Hidden in the trees, May is a warrior princess, and her cat, Somber Kitty, is her brave guardian.

Then May falls into the lake.

When she crawls out, May finds herself in a world that most certainly does not feel like a fuzzy mitten. In fact it is a place few living people have ever seen. Here, towns glow blue beneath zipping stars and the people — people? — walk through walls. Here the Book of the Dead holds the answers to everything in the universe. And here, if May is discovered, the horrifyingly evil Bo Cleevil will turn her into nothing.

May Bird must get out.

Fast.

Within these pages, Jodi Lynn Anderson shares with us the beginning of May Bird's daring journey into the Ever After, a haunting place where true friends — and one terrible foe — await her on every corner.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
"Following the tradition of works by Lewis Carroll and Frank Baum, this first book in a series features a child who enters the magical world of Ever After, where forces of good and evil are in combat," wrote PW. Ages 10-up. (June) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
May Bird is lost in the Ever After, a fantasy underworld, where this likeable main character must hide the fact that she is a living being. May Bird finds herself in the Ever After following a rather lengthy set-up involving a letter from 1951 mysteriously addressed to her, midnight wanderings in the woods near her home in Briery Swamp, and the appearance of a very frightening ghost. This ghost turns out to be Pumpkin, the house ghost who has lived with May all her life, and who accompanies her through the Ever After. Together, they encounter and elude other ghosts, specters, goblins, ghouls, demons, Bo Cleevil—who rules the realm, and the dreaded Bogey. There are a lot of spooky characters for readers to keep straight. And May's journey is one of many twists and turns, as she makes her way to the City of Ether to find the Book of the Dead and learn her destiny. May narrowly survives a last minute double-cross by John the Jibber and escapes Bo Cleevil. Her journey concludes with a train ride that will lead the reader into Book Two. May Bird knows more than she did at the start of Book One, but it is debatable whether or not the reader will care enough about her fate to keep reading. 2005, Atheneum/Simon & Schuster, Ages 9 to 12.
—Mary Loftus
School Library Journal
Gr 5-7-May has grown up in an isolated home next to Briery Swamp. Her only real friend is her pet cat, Somber Kitty. When she digs through the rubble of a ruined post office, she finds a letter with her name on it. It tells her to travel through the woods to a lake. When she gets there, she accidentally falls into the water, which changes her life. After she returns home, she discovers that she can now see ghosts, and that they are all around her. May returns to the eerie spot in the middle of the night and is dragged down into the lake, which is actually a portal to the Ever After, where all dead people go as well as ghosts, specters, and other spirits. This alternative world is filled with vivid characters, including Pumpkin, the shy ghost who has watched over May since she was a child. The protagonist is sent on a quest to find a book that will tell her what her future is and whether she can get back home. The setting of the book is confusing. Even the early part set in the normal world is not cohesive, but it becomes even less convincing in the Ever After. Character motivation is also an issue, because May chooses to return to the lake and then fights through the entire book to escape what she has found. This is a secondary purchase compared to other vivid fantasy works like those created by Cornelia Funke.-Tasha Saecker, Caestecker Public Library, Green Lake, WI Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The Wizard of Oz meets Beetlejuice in this tale of a ten-year-old loner who starts seeing ghosts, and then receives a plea for help that leads her into the Afterlife itself. As it turns out, the Ever After isn't much different from Southern California. Centered around the Pit of Despair Amusement Park and the enormous city of Ether, it's a giant bedroom community, where the dead communicate by Skullophone, vacation at the Towering Inferno Hotel and go to work on Earth each night, haunting their assigned houses. But there are nightmarish monsters too, from ghouls eager to eat your guts to the horrible, genial Bogey Man-all led by shadowy Evil Bo Cleevil, a Dark Spirit out to conquer the entire planet. Narrowly evading all manner of ugly fates, May Bird picks up some unusual companions and escapes the clutches of the Bogey Man by leaping aboard a train bound for her mysterious summoner. First episode of a projected three, this leaves May Bird in full flight through a vividly envisioned setting that's equal parts terror and tongue-in-cheek. Rare fun. (Fantasy. 11-13)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416906070
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: 5/2/2006
  • Series: May Bird Series , #1
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 352
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jodi Lynn Anderson is the bestselling author of several critically acclaimed books for young people, including Tiger Lily and the May Bird trilogy. She lives with her husband and son in Asheville, North Carolina, a city that appears to have been founded by elves.

Leonid Gore moved to the US from his native Belarus in 1991. He has illustrated many beloved books for children and is also the author and illustrator of Danny’s First Snow. Mr. Gore lives in Oakland, New Jersey. Visit him online at LeonidGore.com.

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Chapter One: A Sack of Beans

May Ellen Bird, age ten, occasionally glanced at the brochure her mom had taped to her door that afternoon, and scowled. SAINT AGATHA'S BOARDING SCHOOL FOR GIRLS WITH HIGH SOCKS. A few minutes ago May had taken her black marker and written the word "socks" over what had originally been the last word of the headline. Judging by the photos of girls in stiff plaid uniforms plastering the brochure, girls with "high prospects" was not nearly as accurate.

The woods watched silently through the farthest east window of White Moss Manor as May tried to concentrate on her work. And sometimes, looking up from the curious project strewn across her desk, chewing on a pencil, May watched them back.

Skinny and straight, with short black bobbed hair and big brown eyes, May ran her fingers over the objects before her — a clump of black fur, a lightbulb, a jar, a book titled Secrets of the Egyptian Mummies, and some wire. Occasionally May swiveled to gaze at Somber Kitty, who laid across her bed like a discarded piece of laundry. His belly faced the ceiling and he eyed her lazily.

Neither May nor Somber Kitty knew it, but passing squirrels and chipmunks thought the cat was decidedly ugly. He had huge pointy ears and a skinny tail, and he was mostly bald, with just a little bit of fuzz covering his soft skin. His mouth was turned down in a thoughtful frown — an expression he had been wearing ever since May had gotten him three years before, on her seventh birthday.

May had disliked him immediately.

"He's bald," she'd said.

"He's a hairless Rex," her mom had replied. "He's interesting."

"He looks depressed."

"He's somber."

May's mom had then explained that "somber" meant "sad," which also meant "melancholy." So that was the one thing they both agreed on. The cat was most definitely sad. It was almost as if, from the moment he had set his tilty green eyes on May, he had sensed her disappointment in him, and sympathized.

May had not wanted him, of course. Her first cat, Legume, had died when May was six, and she had resigned herself to a life of grief. She knew there could never be another Legume, which, by the way, is another word for peanut. She'd insisted on wearing black ever since.

But her mom had insisted on another pet. "You spend too much time alone," she had said with big, brown, worried eyes, even bigger and browner than May's. Mrs. Bird had long ago given up trying to get May to bring home friends from school.

"Why don't you invite Maribeth over?"

"She has the chicken pox."

"Claire?"

"She's only allowed out on President's Day."

"Mariruth?"

"Leprosy. It's so sad."

Finally one afternoon May had stood in her mom's doorway, crossed her arms, and announced that she would accept a cat as long as it was a black tiger.

She got stuck with Somber Kitty.

Noticing her watching him now, Somber Kitty opened his mouth and asked, "Mew? Meow? Meay?"

"That's my name, don't wear it out," May replied.

Knock knock knock.

May's mom poked her head into the room.

"So what do you think?" she asked hopefully, smiling. "It looks like a great school, doesn't it?"

May crossed her arms over her waist and looked toward her bed. "Maybe if you're a nun," she offered thoughtfully.

The smile on Mrs. Bird's face dropped, and May felt her heart drop too.

"Maybe it's okay," May added. She looked at Somber Kitty who looked at her. Their traded glance said Somber Kitty understood, even if Mrs. Bird didn't: May could never be happy at a school like Saint Agatha's, wearing high socks and stuck in New York City without the woods.

"Well, it's something to think about," Mrs. Bird said hopefully, biting her lip. "I think the structure would be good for you. I'd live right nearby. And we could tour the city on the weekends."

Mrs. Bird ducked into the room, stooped down, and made her way to May's desk. From the ceiling hung a number of objects: a dragonfly wind chime, a clothes hanger strung with old sumac leaves, old dry strands of ivy. At the window sat a pair of binoculars to watch for insects and critters, and a telescope aimed at the sky for looking at the stars.

The walls were so covered in pictures that you couldn't see the old calico wallpaper. They were drawings of Legume, of Mrs. Bird, of the woods, and of imaginary places and friends and creatures: some with wings and purple hair, black capes and horns, and one particularly spooky one with a lopsided head. There were none of Somber Kitty, who often followed Mrs. Bird's eyes to the wall with hurt curiosity, searching for a likeness of himself.

Studying the spookier, darker pictures, Mrs. Bird's eyes sometimes got big and worried again. "You don't want people to think you're eccentric," she'd say, looking more somber than a certain cat.

"You ready for the picnic?" Mrs. Bird asked, walking up behind May and hugging her tight.

May nodded, tugging at the tassels of the sari she'd wrapped around her body like a dress. Because Briery Swamp was too small and empty to have a Day, May and Mrs. Bird always attended the annual Hog Wallow Day Extravaganza and Picnic. It was two towns away, but it involved a parade and games and seeing all the kids from school. "Yep," she replied, trying to sound bright.

Mrs. Bird kissed the top of May's head, her jasmine perfume sinking into May's sari.

"Your classmates will be happy to see you."

May blushed. She doubted it.

May didn't mention that since school let out, she had made improvements — in secret — getting ready for this exact day. She had gained two pounds, eating sesame-and-peanut-butter balls two at a time, so she wasn't quite so skinny. Her knees didn't look as knobby as they had. And she had worked on her smile in the mirror. Usually May's smile looked like a grimace. But she'd gotten it to look halfway normal, she thought. Girls with nice smiles made friends. Mrs. Bird liked to remind May of this when she came to volunteer on hot-dog days and saw how May sat at the end of the fifth-grade table, curled over her carrots.

"I don't know how to make friends," May would say, embarrassed.

"Well, actually, you don't really make friends," Mrs. Bird always replied. "You just have to let them happen."

May didn't think that was very helpful.

"What are you making now?" Mrs. Bird asked.

May surveyed the pieces in front of her. "A materializer. It makes things you imagine real. Like if you imagine a pair of emerald earrings, it makes the earrings appear."

Mrs. Bird crouched, moved back toward the door, then turned a thoughtful gaze on May. "Maybe you should be a lawyer someday — then you can make enough money to get me those earrings for real." May glanced at the materializer. It was supposed to be for real.

"You'd better get a quick bath. I'll run the water."

May lounged on her bed, picturing what it would be like if she went to the picnic today, and her classmates couldn't recognize her with the extra two pounds and the big, real-looking smile pasted on her face.

Who's that girl? one of the boys, Finny Elway, would say. She reminds me of May.

"They'd see the best me," May said aloud to Somber Kitty.

"Meow," the cat replied with interest.

A few minutes later Mrs. Bird's footsteps sounded on the stairs again, then came the squeak of the spigot being turned off, and the footsteps retreating. May stripped off her sari and walked out into the hall for her bath. Just outside the bathroom door, she paused. Inside she could hear the splish splash of the water being swirled around the tub.

May grasped the ceramic door handle and twisted it, opening on an empty room. In the middle sat a white tub with claw feet, with water gently waving back and forth. Leaning over, she inspected it, then climbed in. May was used to strange things like this. Her mom had always said all sorts of quirks came with a house as old as theirs. May used to insist it was ghosts. But Mrs. Bird had long ago given her one too many stern looks on the topic. So May simply sank beneath the water and let bubbles drift out of her of nose.

When she stepped out of the bathroom in a towel a half an hour later, the steam poured out behind her, engulfing the tiny figure of Somber Kitty, who waited in the doorway, licking his paws one by one. With the cat at her heels, May walked into her room and pulled on the turquoise tank top and shorts her mom had laid out instead of the usual black clothes.

Last summer May had built a tiny shelf that snaked its way around the whole room, way up high. Along the sill was the collection of quartz rocks she'd carefully picked from the woods. Her mom swore they were worthless, but they seemed as dazzling and precious as diamonds to May. There was also a complete zoo of lopsided animals she'd made out of paper clips, a perfect heart-shaped pinecone she and Somber Kitty had found together in town, and an onyx brooch left behind by the lady who'd once lived here before them — a lady by the name of Bertha.

The quartz rocks stared at her as if they, too, wanted to go wherever she was headed. Once she was dressed she pulled the smallest one off the shelf and let it hitch a ride in her pocket, for luck.

The picnic was a disaster.

Sweaty and red-faced, May Bird spent much of the afternoon pedaling around the lawn of Hog Wallow Town Hall on a bike with tassels flapping from the handlebars and a stowaway Rex cat who'd insisted on coming tucked into her backpack. She'd spotted a gaggle of classmates across the grass, talking and laughing.

May kept herself busy, scaring crickets out of the grass, then sat against a tree near the picnic table where mothers had gathered, working on her smile.

She overheard the parents talking. "Thank you, we love the house. We're always getting offers," Mrs. Bird was saying, adjusting her hat in a familiar way. She had always said the sun on her face gave her wrinkles. "But I think May needs to be somewhere more...average." May's mom looked down at her hands while she said this.

Unseen, May blushed. She knew that the reason her mom wanted to move was because she thought May needed to be more average. At that moment, Mrs. Bird's eyes drifted toward May's direction and widened, embarrassed.

May pretended she hadn't noticed, plucked grass between her fingers, and then stood up. Without looking up she made her way toward the other kids.

Pollen blew across the grass, and Somber Kitty nipped at her heels. She lifted him up, frowning at him. "I'm going to hang out with the humans," she said. "Go play." He kissed her, his tiny pink tongue darting out to tickle her chin, making her wince before she placed him on the grass and gave him a pat on the butt to shoo him away. She nervously straightened out her clothes and made her way against the breeze to where the children had huddled into a tight group. There she tacked herself to the circle awkwardly, like a losing try at pin the tail on the donkey.

Claire Arneson stood at the center of the group of kids. Instead of being pulled into the usual pigtails, her hair was down and combed across her back, shimmery as mountain water. Two bright, pink-ribboned barrettes held back her bangs. May had always wondered why she couldn't be more like Claire, when Claire made being herself seem so easy. She always had something funny to say. She never looked big-eyed and serious. And she had a million friends, none of whom were bald cats.

"I'm only allowed to have eight people," Claire was saying, "Maribeth's coming, and Colleen....Finny, can you come?"

May smiled big as Claire singled out the kids that would attend her annual Kites and Katydids birthday party. Maybe they hadn't even recognized her yet. Maybe Claire would invite her to the party, thinking she was inviting a mysterious stranger.

"Hey, May..."

May brightened and nodded as Claire turned to her, her heart doing a jig in her chest. "Isn't that your dancing cat?" Claire pointed one perfect finger across the lawn and all eyes followed.

Oh. Disappointment. "Yes." May tried her nongrimace smile again. It felt like the old one — grimacelike.

The whole class remembered Somber Kitty because May had brought him in for her "How To" report in February. Everyone else had done their reports on things like "How to Make a Bologna Sandwich" and "How to Sew a Pillow." May had done hers on "How to Teach Your Cat to Dance." It was one of the few times May's classmates had actually noticed she was alive in a good way. (They'd noticed her in a bad way many times.) It had also sort of been cheating, because Somber Kitty, despite his general sadness, loved to dance and had known how since he was a kitten.

"That was so cool!" Finny Elway said.

May cleared her throat, her disappointment fading. They thought she had a cool cat.

"Yeah," Elmore Smith said. "But the best was when May tried to fly off the roof of her mom's car with that bunch of balloons, remember?" Everyone burst into giggles. May's heart sank. She tried to smile, as if she was in on the joke. She rubbed at the scar on her knee from that incident, which had happened at last year's picnic. Ever since then she'd been afraid of heights.

"Hey, remember May Bird, Warrior Princess?" Maribeth asked. Now the laughter exploded, and May began to really and truly blush, remembering the day the photo had fallen out of her social studies textbook onto the floor. It had been a shot of her and Somber Kitty pretending to be Amazon warriors hiding in the trees. In it, May had on her black sparkly bathing suit that made her feel like she was wearing the night sky, and a belt wrapped around her shoulder with long sticks tucked beneath the strap for arrows. Mrs. Bird had said May shouldn't dress like a half-naked wild thing, but she had stuck the photo into one of May's notebooks to surprise her and make her smile. It had surprised her by falling out. It hadn't made her smile. It had made her want to sink into the gold and green tiles of the school floor.

"Remember when May forgot to lock the bathroom door on the bus trip, and it swung open?"

May shifted from foot to foot, looking at the ground to hide her flaming face. She gazed toward the adults' table helplessly, wanting to make sure her mom couldn't see. Luckily Mrs. Bird was still busy talking with the other grown-ups.

It was the three-legged race that saved her. The mayor of Hog Wallow announced that everyone was to line up across the lawn by the pink flag.

No sooner had he said it than, shouting and laughing, the children went tearing across the grass. Dazed, May dragged herself after them, her long skinny legs straggling. Races were her favorite. She was deadly fast.

But you needed a partner for a three-legged race. And everyone paired up without her.

"Mew? Meow? Meay?" Somber Kitty asked, appearing out of nowhere and rubbing against her shins.

"Cats can't race," May said with a sigh. They watched the racers line up, and then the starting bell went off, and Claire and Maribeth pulled out in front. They were way slower than May would have been. But May would have traded her speed for a partner to race with.

She turned around and walked back to her bike, far away from the crowd, and plopped down next to it in the grass.

"I think if I could go somewhere else, I could be someone else," she whispered to her cat. She picked a puffy white dandelion out of the grass between her sandals and blew at the seeds.

Somber Kitty, who always seemed to know May had no one else to tell her feelings to, mewed in agreement, though he had no idea what she was saying.

"But that doesn't mean I want to move to New York," she quickly added.

Then she slumped. She felt as heavy as a sack of beans. But then, a sack of beans never got embarrassed or did stupid balloon tricks in front of other sacks of beans or forgot to lock the bathroom door. Come to think of it, life was probably easy for all the beans of the world. Being a sack of them wouldn't be so bad.

May picked another dandelion and blew on it. "Maybe I'd rather be a sack of beans," she told the fuzzy white floaters. Somber Kitty meowed disapprovingly.

"Don't worry, Kitty. I'm not going anywhere."

Somber Kitty rolled himself into a ball and continued to stare at her. He didn't look so sure.

"Unless you know something I don't."

At the edge of the grass, the trees watched her.

They knew better.

Copyright © 2005 by Jodi Lynn Anderson

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Table of Contents

Contents

Prologue

Part One: Into the Woods

Chapter One: A Sack of Beans

Chapter Two: A Letter From Before

Chapter Three: Beyond the Endless Briers

Chapter Four: A Stranger Arrives

Chapter Five: What Lives in the Lake?

Chapter Six: The Hauntings

Chapter Seven: Light Underwater

Chapter Eight: The Beginning

Part Two: The Ever After

Chapter Nine: A Faraway Shore

Chapter Ten: "Make the Most of Your Eternity!"

Chapter Eleven: Beehive House

Chapter Twelve: Belle Morte

Chapter Thirteen: The Undertaker

Chapter Fourteen: The Bogey Arrives

Chapter Fifteen: By the Sea

Chapter Sixteen: Dark Spirits Afoot

Chapter Seventeen: Into the Catacombs

Chapter Eighteen: A Deadly Mistake

Chapter Nineteen: The Cave Dwellers

Chapter Twenty: Nine Knaves Grotto

Chapter Twenty-one: John the Jibber

Chapter Twenty-two: Into the Outskirts

Chapter Twenty-three: The City of Ether

Chapter Twenty-four: May, Alone

Chapter Twenty-five: Beatrice and Fabbio

Chapter Twenty-six: The Eternal Edifice

Chapter Twenty-seven: The Book of the Dead

Chapter Twenty-eight: Nothingness

Chapter Twenty-nine: The Station

Chapter Thirty: The Black Shucks

Chapter Thirty-one: A Figure in the Distance

Chapter Thirty-two: The Train Headed North

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2008

    this book is not great at all

    this book called may bird is not a great book this girl finds herself in this magical place and thinks she can fight off scary lookin creatures and she has this shaved cat like with no hair in its body . and may bird is just so scared she does nothing about it and she is trying to get out of this magical place and get back home or something like that but in this magical place there is no light at all only the darkness and all amy bird has is to haelp her to try and fight off these scary lookin anials is her shaved cat and that is the review of may bird .

    4 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2008

    WOW

    wow. i saw a realitive reading it and i got curious. it can be a little disturbing, but that's what makes it all the more interesting. i would definitely recommend this to someone who doesn't mind the constant suspense. i found it gripping and read it in two days flat.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 4, 2011

    Love this book!

    I completely loved this book, I even have a picture of the cover hanging in my closet. May Bird is a very relatable girl who falls into the world of ghosts. And let me say, there is a person or two who would like her dead (the living are not allowed there). Definitely fantasy. A fantastic read, but I would say it's more for girls.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2009

    Not a good book

    This book is really boring. DO NOT READ.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 16, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Creepy, but a great book!!

    I loved this book SO much even though it's a little wierd, great ghost story. May, Beatrice and Somber Kitty are my favorite characters. I got the first book 2 years ago and read it a year ago, I loved it!! I've read the first two books in the series, I recently got the last one but have not read it yet. Jodi Lynn Anderson is an AMAZING author!!! I can't wait for her to write more books like May Bird. Anyone who likes ghist stories, adventure, and action should read this boook!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2008

    This book is Awesome! I recomend it!

    This is one of the best books in the world! It has a hanging ending that leaves bookworms everywhere waiting for the sequel(s)! This is a must-read for all fantasy lovers! It is exceptionally good for those who love ghost/horror stories, a good book at least.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2008

    SWEET!!!!!!!!!!

    i dont usually read but this book caught my eye after a while i wanted to be in the book with may,eventualy i had dreams about it and i must admit 'once'lucius i preveously finished reading book two though 2 parts were surprising one was when pumpkin said that he hoped may never came back and where may left the ever after i almost cried

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2008

    You Won't Regret It

    Let this book take you on a fast-paced adventure, along with May and her friends. The first few pages of my reading was quite interesting. The text is so powerful, it grabs your attention. After every chapter, the plotline, gets more suspense and intense. As May seeks a way out of Ever After, a land of dead souls, she encounters wicked spirits, as she stumbles her way through. But, with the help of her ghostly comrades, May strengthens on along her journey to seek her way back home. This book is very engaging, it's definitely worth reading.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2008

    Wonderful

    I love May Bird. I know that this book is considered a young reader book, but I am 30 and I love this story. I would recommend this series to people of all ages. I really felt like I was with May Bird on her adventures.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 14, 2010

    The adventure of a life time

    Even with the mystical attention grabbing cover one can not even begin to imagine what adventure, mystery, and excitment lies within its pages. When i first picked up the book i thought this book looks intersting maybe ill like it, by the end of the first chapter i couldnt put it down. Maybird a girl from a small town with one of the most amazingly depressed bald cats finds herself in a different world where she meets some very unexspected friends and enimies.WARNING-once you start to read this book you'll be hooked to the May bird series : )

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2010

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    Absolutely Brilliant! As soon as I read this I was absorbed into the next 2 books. Love the character Pumpkin! My favorite series of all time I hope Jodi Lynn Anderson makes a fourth!!

    Amazing, Addicting, Astonishing!! Some parts are suspenseful, some things Pumpkin the ghost says is hysterical and my favorite book series on Earth!!

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  • Posted March 22, 2010

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    A must read!

    I started this series when i was in 4th grade. I am currently in 7th and have re-read the book and i still love it with a passion! it is funny, well written, intresting and very absorbing you won't be able to put it down

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  • Posted November 16, 2009

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    So Fun to read! A dark and funny ride!

    I love the charactors in this book. May Bird is so endearing and odd. I fell in love with her quirky and charming personality at once. This story is great fun with sneaky twists and turns. The dark humor and freaky friends in the book lead you down a path of disgust with a twinge of delight. I enjoyed every minute and am now a huge fan!

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  • Posted August 31, 2009

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    Only Read if Ur REALLY BORED!

    MBATEA is an ok book...i mean it isnt something i would go to my mom and say "I NEED TO GO THE BOOKSTORE....NOOOOWWWW!!!" but i would wanna read it if there was nothing else to read.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2009

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    GOOD BOOK!!!!!!!!!

    This book is by Jodi Lynn Anderson, and it is a horror/mystery! I read this book at least 3 times it was so good! I love this book because it has suspense and excitement on every page! This book starts fast and ends fast but it isn't that fast that you don't take in every bit that the book has to offer! I love this book and i advise anyone who is looking for a really spooky, fun and exciting book I think every one should read this book!!!!! :)

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2009

    Great Book!

    This book was really good. First, I really like the story and characters. I love May Bird, she is a great character. She is unsure of herself and I think that is a very important and good part of the book. It was very interesting and absorbing. I loved the whole thing about the after life and the ghosts things in the book. It was interesting. Overall, it was a really, really great book! I can't wait to get the next book in the series. I also recommend the: Percy and the Olympians series, (awesome books!!!) The Harry Potter series, and Warriors series. Also the book: Troll Blood. Thank you for reading my review, good-bye. = - )

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 24, 2009

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    May Bird and The Ever After review

    I would recommend this book to anyone that loves ghosts, goblins, and spooky things. It takes place in the Ever After which is almost like the afterlife almost. The Ever After is on a star very far away from Earth. It is ruled by an evil ruler by the name of Bo Cleevil and only one person can stop him May Bird from Briery Swap, West Virginia but she doesn't want to all she wants to do is go home for she thinks that she can't stop him. What she doesn't know is that she is braver than she thinks for she goes through a lot to get to the Book of the Dead to try to find her way home. In the end she has to go see the Lady of the North Farm who is one of the oldest residents in the Ever After to see if she can send her home even though all through this she was trying to avoid her for it was thanks to her that she ended up in the Ever After. So on the train ride there she thinks of nothing but getting back home and seeing her mother. I think that it is a wonderful book full of many mysterious things and creatures both good and bad. So if you like to imagine what the after life is like then I would recommend you read this book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2009

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    Fantastic!!! Thrilling!!!! Great!!!!

    I think this is possibly the best book I have ever read!!!! There is so much adventure and action involved in the story!!!!! It teaches you about yourself, Other people, and how to take care and love your pet. ( or for that matter any animal) I give this book an overall 69 star rating!!!! If you get this book it is guaranteed you will LOVE IT!!!!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 21, 2009

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    May Bird and the Ever After

    I would recommend this book to anyone who loves page turners and exciting stories. I really liked how there was incredible imagination and more than one problem all the time. And the characters are amazingly imaginative. All I can say is READ IT!!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 21, 2008

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    Pretty Good, But A Little Scary And A Little Boring

    The book "May Bird" is pretty good, but a little scary and a little boring. It is also not a particularly happy book. The story mostly takes place in dark and freaky surroundings and there are a lot of creepy creatures, which the author could have made less scary.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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