The Meaning of Maggie
By Megan Jean Sovern
Chronicle Books, Hardcover, 9781452110219, 220pp.
Publication Date: May 2014
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As befits a future President of the United States of America, Maggie Mayfield has decided to write a memoir of the past year of her life. And what a banner year it's been During this period she's Student of the Month on a regular basis, an official shareholder of Coca-Cola stock, and defending Science Fair champion. Most importantly, though, this is the year Maggie has to pull up her bootstraps (the family motto) and finally learn why her cool-dude dad is in a wheelchair, no matter how scary that is. Author Megan Jean Sovern, herself the daughter of a dad with multiple sclerosis, writes with the funny grace and assured prose of a new literary star.
A portion of the proceeds of the sale of this book will be donated to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
"An absolute start-to-finish delight... a book bound for glory."--Beth Kephart, author of Small Damages and National Book Award Finalist.
"The Meaning of Maggie is funny, charming, and full of heart. Maggie is an unforgettable character and young readers will love her." -Wendy Mass, New York Times Bestselling author of Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life.
"Refreshing, quirky, and honest."--Reading Today
"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
" Smart, sensitive, sad and funny."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Maggie is a firecracker character, one who sparkles with wit, cynicism, love, and potential. Her voice will charm and captivate readers."--Shelf Awarness
"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
"Heart-wrenching yet full of heart."-Publishers Weekly