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The Meaning of Maggie

The Meaning of Maggie

By Megan Jean Sovern


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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.

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Size: 5 5/8 x 8 1/8 in;
Pages: 224 pp;
Text Level Gradient: W Ages 8 to 12
Format: Hardcover
Publication: May 2014
ISBN: 9781452110219
Megan Jean Sovern is an award-winning copywriter at a major advertising agency. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia. This is her first novel.

Media Reviews

“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

“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.

“An affecting portrayal of coming to terms with an adult’s illness. Megan Jean Sovern’s writing features a fabulous voice and crafts a loving portrait of a mother and daughter coping with enormous changes to their family.”
— Walter M. Mayes, Library Media Specialist, The Girls’ Middle School, Palo Alto, CAA

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