It's been a long time since I have fallen in love with a book character, but I loved Maggie instantly! The book is everything I want from realistic fiction, laughter and tears and truth. Plus there are footnotes adding to its charm. Suggested for grades 4-7.
"Eleven-year old Maggie wants to become President of the United States someday, so it's important for her to begin writing her memoirs. She's certainly got enough to write about: this year she's starting middle school, preparing for another science fair win, getting used to her mum's new job, and dealing with her makeup-obsessed sisters. On top of all that, Maggie worries about her dad's failing health and desperately wishes that she could fix his multiple sclerosis. Readers who like the bittersweet stories and smart, complicated heroines in Holly Goldberg Sloan's Counting by 7s and Robin Herrera's Hope is a Ferris Wheel will love The Meaning of Maggie." Kids' Books July 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/21839b92-4eae-4123-8f25-b6fadc74aa87?postId=e9701543-3b33-48ca-a3ab-c7a4eb3a9766
NYPL Staff Pick
Maggie may be a genius, and she certainly is on the path to someday becoming President, but when her father's debilitating illness gets worse she discovers that even being the smartest person in the room isn't enough unless you have family.
- Betsy BIrd
Funny coming of age story about a precocious straight A student learning over the course of a year to deal with her father's devastating illness and all the changes that makes in her family -- and herself. Real and poignant and pungent with 1980's tinged truth. Might be a Newbery contender because Maggie's voice is very good.
Loved this book--due out spring of 2014, and highly recommended. Maggie is 11 and intent on being president, so you know, there is a lot to be considered, studied, and planned for--even when you're still a tween. This would be a charming book with just Maggie as the main character, but it is all the more bittersweet and compelling as Maggie deals with her Dad's MS and the fact that his legs have just stopped working. All told from Maggie's point of view. She is a wonderful character, and I think adults who have precocious, slightly quirky tweens in their lives will love it too.
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