so I have mentioned before that I write reviews for an professional magazine (LMC or Library Media Connection). Here are two titles that I have recently reviewed.
The Meaning of Maggie
Maggie Mayfield is a pre-teen who feels has her life pretty much figured out. She is the product of a two loving parents, has two increasingly annoying older sisters, she is a straight A student, owns a small percentage of Coke stock and is working on her bid to run for president one day. Every thing is planned accept for her father’s mysterious illness. You see he can not longer walk and soon Maggie must visit him in the hospital. And this is one event Maggie could not plan for. Told from Maggie’s perspective in the form of a journal that is chronicling the past year of her life, Maggie learns that her father suffers from MS. And it is her goal to help cure him. This is a beautifully written inventive take on a coming of age story. The author allows for the reader to discover along with Maggie what is causing her father’s illness. Peppered with typical family drama, the story flows well and offers very tender moments between daughter and parent.
Muddy Max and the Mystery if Marsh Creek
Getting dirty and muddy is part of being a kid right? So why does Max have to wear five layers of protective clothing when ever it rains? Because for Max the mud doesn’t just stain his shoes and dirty him up, the mud gives him super powers. Max discovers by accident that when ever he comes in contact with Mud he develops an array of super hero skills such as, super strength, speed, and invisibility. But why did Max’s parent wish to keep this a secret. It appears they knew about his condition all along and wanted to protect him. However as Max learns more and more about his abilities with mud he soon learns about the family he never knew about. This was a faced paced graphic novel and is perfect for 3rd to 6th grade readers.