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

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

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by Tricia Rayburn
     
 

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Maggie looked down and barely saw her toenails peeking out from the shadow of her stomach. She closed her eyes and slowly stepped onto the scale. Once she finally opened her eyes, Maggie almost fell off the scale.

Maggie Bean's having a tough year. Since her dad lost his job he spends more time watching TV than talking to his family, and her

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Maggie looked down and barely saw her toenails peeking out from the shadow of her stomach. She closed her eyes and slowly stepped onto the scale. Once she finally opened her eyes, Maggie almost fell off the scale.

Maggie Bean's having a tough year. Since her dad lost his job he spends more time watching TV than talking to his family, and her mom's totally stressed about money. So Maggie focuses on what she does best: keeping up her straight-A average and eating chocolate.

Lots and lots of chocolate.

But everything changes when Maggie gets a chance to try out for the synchronized swim team. Becoming a Water Wing has always been Maggie's dream -- who wouldn't want to have an instant circle of friends and wear that cute silver bathing suit? As a Water Wing, maybe she'll start believing she's more than just a socially awkward bookworm. Maybe people will see past the extra weight she's recently gained to the funny, cool girl hiding underneath. And maybe, just maybe, Peter Applewood will finally notice her.

It all depends on Maggie Bean, who thinks she knows who she is, but is about to find out for sure.

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.
School Library Journal

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781439108888
Publisher:
Aladdin
Publication date:
06/25/2008
Series:
Maggie Bean Series , #1
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
847,731
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
9 - 13 Years

Meet the Author

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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The Melting of Maggie Bean 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 55 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best i have ever read
Margaret Rivera More than 1 year ago
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!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was somting truly unique I absulutletly loved the ending
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I haven't read a book like this in a LONG TIME!!!!!! GET THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Audrey Woodward More than 1 year ago
Helpful story if you are going thru a tough time. Even if you are not, great book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Choose maggie bean i have read the fisfr two and are going to finsh th serries
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was a realistic, and entertaining book, and can be loved by any one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awsome book a must read book annd i cant wait to read the next one
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Omg this book rox
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The cover looks hilarious. People say it's dtupid
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book was awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
really good for middle schoolers who deal with catty girls
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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
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Kristen Caramanica More than 1 year ago
Awesome
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