Maybe Yes, Maybe No, Maybe Maybe

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the jam in the sandwich

Sometimes that's how PK feels, squeezed in between her supersmart older sister, Megan, and her superadorable younger sister, Rabbit — especially now, with Megan almost a teenager and becoming impossible, and Rabbit worrying about going to kindergarten. Why can't people stay the same?

But there's an even bigger change afoot: Mama has decided they should move to a larger apartment. How can they leave behind the big blue ...

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Overview

the jam in the sandwich

Sometimes that's how PK feels, squeezed in between her supersmart older sister, Megan, and her superadorable younger sister, Rabbit — especially now, with Megan almost a teenager and becoming impossible, and Rabbit worrying about going to kindergarten. Why can't people stay the same?

But there's an even bigger change afoot: Mama has decided they should move to a larger apartment. How can they leave behind the big blue chair that's almost like a member of the family? But maybe, just maybe, in a new home PK can find out what makes her as special as her sisters.

When her hardworking mother decides to move, eight-year-old PK uses her imagination and storytelling to help her older and younger sisters adjust.

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"Endearing...[A] quiet, charmingly told narrative." — Publishers Weekly
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Caught between Megan, her beautiful and gifted older sister and Rabbit, her stubborn and inquisitive younger sibling, PK longs to preserve the family just as it is. But a new apartment and mysterious changes that seem to be causing shifts in her family relationships threaten the girl's hopes. In the manner of snapshots, the vignettes of PK's patchwork world are captured in brief, disarming chapters. At night PK gives Rabbit a bath, regaling her with the ``billions of stories'' she finds in the clothes hamper. She pours out confidences to her unusual, two-wheeled friend--Bike. She is a collector of cherry pits and ideas. PK's dreamy and determined character is endearing; her small revelations are the very stuff that growing up is made of. Devastated that a beloved blue armchair will be left behind for the new tenants, PK is cheered when she learns that it will receive an elegant new slipcover and ``a brand new start on life''--a metaphor that serves PK's life as well. Rendered in gentle shades of gray, Donahue's illustrations perfectly match Patron's low-key tone. In this quiet, charmingly told narrative album, a girl discovers that moving on does not mean everything gets lost along the way. Ages 8-10. (Apr.)
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4PK's older sister may be Gifted, but this imaginative almost nine year old has some extraordinary talents of her own. Her storytelling abilities stand in good stead as the family moves to a new apartment, and her artistic touches make the place her own. No maybesa best. (Mar. 1993)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416961765
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 3/10/2009
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 802,687
  • Age range: 8 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Patron

Susan Patron specialized in Children's Services for 35 years at the Los Angeles Public Library before retiring in 2007, the same year her novel The Higher Power of Lucky was awarded the John Newbery Medal. As the library's Juvenile Materials Collection Development Manager, she trained and mentored children's librarians in 72 branches. Patron has served on many book award committees, including the Caldecott and Laura Ingalls Wilder Committees of the American Library Association. She is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.

Patron's previous books for children include the Billy Que trilogy of picture books; Dark Cloud Strong Breeze; and a chapter book, Maybe Yes, Maybe No, Maybe Maybe. All earned starred reviews, and the latter was named an ALA Notable book. The Higher Power of Luck will be translated into twelve foreign languages and has been optioned for a motion picture. Married to a rare book restorer from the Champagne region of France, Susan is working on the final book in the "Lucky" trilogy.

Abigail Halpin is an illustrator/graphic designer living in New England who likes bright colors, all things retro, and sharp pencils.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2010

    Sweet and Relevant Story for Today's Youth

    Maybe Yes, Maybe No, Maybe Maybe is a short story that is both sweet and relevant for today's youth. Colored by the experiences of her youth, Susan Patron gives us an endearing story of how three sisters deal which each other and the anxieties brought on by having to move to a new apartment. Abigail Halpin, also one of three sisters, provides sweet illustrations well matched to Susan Patron's story. I love the ants!

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  • Posted June 28, 2009

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    "Maybe Yes, Maybe No, Maybe Maybe" written by Susan Patron was a good read. Although the main character PK is a girl, my mom said she wanted me to read the book because we both are middle children. My younger sister and I really liked the hamper stories.

    If I have the chance, I'd read some other books written by this author.
    Reviewed by: Marquis, 9 years old
    5th grade

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