"A character who's...tough to forget."The Horn Book Magazine"
An absolute start-to-finish delight... a book bound for glory."Beth Kephart, author of Small Damages and National Book Award Finalist."
Readers will appreciate Maggie's humor and rejoice in her growth. This is a remarkable story of a working-class family pulling together in the face of a serious illness."-School Library Journal, starred review"
Written with skill and sensitivity, this precocious and poignant story of familial love will make good company for those readers dealing with health issues in their home lives, as well as those wanting a smart, refreshing voice to take them on a meaningful journey."-Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review"
Full of tender moments and light-hearted fun, this book is a poignant debut about growing up."Library Media Connection"
One of the best middle-grade reads so far this summer is author Megan Jean Sovern's remarkable debut, The Meaning of Maggie ."GeekMom"
Maggie, marches to her own beat, but she certainly charms readers." Makin Books in Bloom"
Maggie is a firecracker character, one who sparkles with wit, cynicism, love, and potential. Her voice will charm and captivate readers."Shelf Awarness"
Maggie is a firecracker character, one who sparkles with wit, cynicism, love and potential. Her voice will charm and captivate readers."Shelf Awareness for Readers, starred review"
Wll inspire hours of great conversation for your readers. Maggie is a character they will admire and adore- we know we do!"Teachers for Teachers"
This novel has VOICE in spades. Maggie is intelligent, self-aware, and humorous."Middle Grade Mafioso"
This debut novel is perfect in every regard."Books to Borrow... Books to Buy"
The must-read book of the summer!" -Annie Jones, The Bookshelf, Thomasville, GA"
The Meaning of Maggie does for middle-grade fiction what John Green's The Fault in Our Stars did for teen literature: Both portray coping with serious illness as one aspect of a complex character, not as the single issue that defines them."BookPage"
Smart, sensitive, sad and funny."Kirkus Reviews, starred review"
Remarkable... Maggie makes us feel...everything...through our laughter and our tears. This is a marvelous middle grade book."Librarian's Quest"
Refreshing, quirky, and honest."Reading Today"
Readers will instantly fall in love with Maggie. Her narrative voice is smart, funny and clever, which makes her a highly entertaining, endearing, complex, triple threat."The Children's Book Review"
In The Meaning of Maggie, Megan Jean Sovern has found a way to illuminate one family's struggle in the face of an impossible and incurable disease. She's done it with humor, wit, and heartache. And along the way, she's given us a character-Maggie-who is a joy to behold despite being stubborn, immature, and temperamental. There is hope here, and a great story to boot." Kathi Appelt, author of National Book Award finalist and Newbery Honor book The Underneath"
Her endearing blend of innocence and burgeoning maturity as well as her diligence and work ethic made me wish I was her teacher. Her penchant for sweets and her love of reading made me wish I was her friend."Two Writing Teachers"
Heart-wrenching yet full of heart."-Publishers Weekly
Gr 4–7—In this humorous, fast-paced "memoir" set in Atlanta in the early 1990s, Maggie recounts the past "year that changed EVERYTHING!" She aspires to become President of the United States and continually mentions being an avid reader and excellent student. She struggles socially though, studying alone at lunchtime, not getting flowers on Valentine's Day, and procuring many teacher signatures in her yearbook, but very few from peers. On Maggie's 11th birthday, her father leaves his job as an airline ticket agent because his legs "won't wake up," (he is diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis) and her mother begins full-time work as a domestic at an elegant hotel. Maggie has a caustic relationship with her older sisters who spend more time with hair, makeup, and boys than studies. She is determined to find a cure for her father, who falls out of his wheelchair, loses the ability to eat independently, suffers a seizure, and is hospitalized with a massive infection. As his multiple sclerosis worsens during the year, the fifth grader realizes how hard her mother works at her job and at home and that her mother and sisters have tried to shield her from the grim reality of her father's disease. Meanwhile, Maggie's parents tell stories of their adventuresome hippie pasts to encourage their daughters to live life to the fullest. They share their love of Neil Young, Led Zeppelin, Bruce Springsteen, and other bands of that era, and hold their family together with love, hard work, respect, and courage. Maggie learns that she can survive getting a B, run an entire mile, and bravely face her father's illness and extend support. Readers will appreciate Maggie's humor and rejoice in her growth. This is a remarkable story of a working-class family pulling together in the face of a serious illness.—Laura Scott, Farmington Community Library, MI