The Melting of Maggie Bean (Maggie Bean Series #1)

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Maggie Bean is a top student, a loyal friend, and has a great sense of humor. But the past year's been kind of rough, what with her dad losing his job and her loads of schoolwork. Maggie's learned to cope by eating chocolate. Lots and lots of chocolate. So much so, that Maggie is dragged by her aunt to weekly Pound Patrollers meetings. No big deal, just utter social devastation. She keeps her mind off PP meetings by "accidentally" running into gorgeous 8th grader Peter Applewood; updating her study ...

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Overview

Maggie Bean is a top student, a loyal friend, and has a great sense of humor. But the past year's been kind of rough, what with her dad losing his job and her loads of schoolwork. Maggie's learned to cope by eating chocolate. Lots and lots of chocolate. So much so, that Maggie is dragged by her aunt to weekly Pound Patrollers meetings. No big deal, just utter social devastation. She keeps her mind off PP meetings by "accidentally" running into gorgeous 8th grader Peter Applewood; updating her study spreadsheet—a.k.a, Maggie's Master Multi-Tasker; finding a job for her dad; and secretly practicing for one of the two freshman spots on the synchronized swim team. She's got a long way to go to reach her goals, but when Maggie Bean sets her mind on a goal, nothing—not even a bag of Kit Kats—can stand in her way.

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Editorial Reviews

KLIATT - Amanda MacGregor
Seventh-grader Maggie Bean has just found out that she weighs 186 pounds. She knows she gained a lot of weight in the past year, but is appalled to see exactly how much. The only way she can get through each week is by stocking up on candy at the drugstore and drowning her sorrows in chocolate all day long. Concerned about her health, Maggie's parents make her start attending Pound Patrol meetings with her Aunt Violetta. Maggie is not thrilled about being forced to sit around with people much older than her and talk about weight issues. Luckily, she meets Arnie, a boy her age who also attends the meetings. His humor and kindness win her over, giving her a new friend for the first time in quite a while. The meetings do nothing to help her problem, but Maggie has her own plan. Organization and setting goals are Maggie's strengths, so she draws up a plan for losing the weight. The strength of the story lies in the characters. Maggie is a strong, determined, and infinitely likeable girl. She is rendered with such realism that her personality practically jumps off the page. She struggles with her weight, has setbacks in her plan, and experiences a gamut of emotions as she tries to make herself over. The supporting characters of Aimee, Arnie, and Peter, Maggie's crush, are all just as well-thought-out as Maggie. They are nuanced and realistic, providing nice counterpoints to the shallow, catty girls who are peripheral characters. Even though Maggie intends to pull off her weight loss plan alone, she is surrounded by caring friends who only want her to be happy, no matter what her weight. Readers will root for Maggie in this engaging, earnest story.
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Gr 6-8
This thoughtful coming-of-age novel focuses on an overweight seventh grader who compensates for her lack of self-confidence with an abundance of ambition and heart. Maggie Bean has gained more than 30 pounds in the past year-a reaction to the stress caused by her father being laid off-and she is ready to drop those pounds. She attends the Pound Patrollers meetings at her parents' insistence, but her key motivation is her yearning to be a member of the Water Wings, an ultra-exclusive synchronized swim team at her school. Mastering the complicated routines is not what Maggie is stressed about, but rather looking good in the silver two-piece that serves as the team uniform. While her weight issue is crucial to the story, it is not its sole focus. Instead, the author zeroes in on Maggie's journey of self-discovery and her struggle to find her place in the world. Losing weight and seeing what her body can do when pushed is just the self-esteem booster she needs. Maggie realizes that she can do whatever she wants when she puts her mind to it and that she determines how others see her. This empowering novel is perfect for girls trying to overcome any obstacle, weight-related or not.
—Robyn ZaneskiCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416933489
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: 4/24/2007
  • Series: Maggie Bean Series , #1
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 308,549
  • Age range: 9 - 13 Years
  • Lexile: 1010L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 7.62 (h) x 0.70 (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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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2012

    BEST BOOK EVER :)))

    I haven't read a book like this in a LONG TIME!!!!!!
    GET THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2012

    Never seen a better book

    Best i have ever read

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 27, 2011

    Cool

    Its a great book about a fatty

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2011

    Ummm

    I read thia book in ffth grade and didnt like it. It was really slow and boring for me. Ut had some potental though. Sory for those who like it hope ur not offended

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 30, 2010

    A GREAT READ!! :) EMPOWERING AND EMOTIONAL!!!!!!! :)

    great book really empowering and very well written! Maggie's voice really came out in this book and she let you know how she felt. it's a great book becouse it is only the first one in the series and the rest are just as good!!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2014

    Very good book

    The book was somting truly unique
    I absulutletly loved the ending

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2012

    Good book but had to relate to unless...

    I am 11 years old and I thought that this eas a good book. But it was hard to relate to for me because I have not had an eating disorder of any kind however I still though that this was a good book. But I believe that anyine whi has had an eating disorder or problem of any kind would like this book even more.
    P.S.I liked the parts out Water Wings. :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2011

    Omg

    Its soo good i even did it cor a bookreport this year for 7th grade! The books have to be good for me to do them forva eport

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2011

    Madicole2001

    Awsome book a must read book annd i cant wait to read the next one

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2011

    Awesome!!!!!

    This book is awesome it is good for ages 10to14 i think, and it has a little romance but not to to much A good book for girls not really boys

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2011

    Not so sure

    This book wasnt myy favorite. But since I read this one I tried Dork diaries. I LOVED THEM SO READ ALLLL OF EM

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2011

    Good for confidence

    Helpful story if you are going thru a tough time. Even if you are not, great book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 6, 2011

    Great!!!!

    Awesome

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2011

    Good Book

    This was a good book. When you start reading The Melting of Maggie Bean, you just can't put it bown.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2009

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    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2014

    Yay

    Choose maggie bean i have read the fisfr two and are going to finsh th serries

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2013

    Girl friendly

    This book perfectly captures all the insicurities a seventh grader feels. Even though this settles in on being overweight, it's perfect for any middle school girl as it also shows boys, bullies and friendship struggles.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2013

    Blew my mind!

    Was a realistic, and entertaining book, and can be loved by any one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2013

    Help

    I'm trying to find all of Alladin mix books like this one

    My name is Katy Grewe

    I'm on facebook

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2013

    Anonymous

    LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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