The Meaning of Maggie


Product Details

Chronicle Books
Publish Date
5.6 X 8.0 X 0.6 inches | 0.6 pounds

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About the Author

Megan Jean Sovern is an award-winning copywriter at a major advertising agency. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia. This is her debut novel.


"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.
"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
"Those who know me will know why, personally, I was very happy to see a new series coming out of author/illustrator Micah Player called Lately Lily: The Adventures of a Traveling Girl."--Elizabeth Bird, New York Public Library Collections Specialist
"An absolute start-to-finish delight... a book bound for glory."--Beth Kephart, author of Small Damages and National Book Award Finalist.
"Heart-wrenching yet full of heart."-Publishers Weekly
"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
"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
"This novel has VOICE in spades. Maggie is intelligent, self-aware, and humorous."--Middle Grade Mafioso
"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
"Maggie, marches to her own beat, but she certainly charms readers."-- Makin Books in Bloom
"The must-read book of the summer!" -Annie Jones, The Bookshelf, Thomasville, GA
"One of the best middle-grade reads so far this summer is author Megan Jean Sovern's remarkable debut, The Meaning of Maggie ."--GeekMom
"This debut novel is perfect in every regard."--Books to Borrow... Books to Buy
"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
"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