Academic journal article Language Arts

The Meaning of Maggie

Academic journal article Language Arts

The Meaning of Maggie

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The Meaning of Maggie Written by Megan Jean Sovern Chronicle, 2014, 220 pp., ISBN 978-1-4521-1021-9

Overachieving Maggie is growing up with two older sisters who ignore her, a mother who tells her to pull herself up by her bootstraps, and a father whose legs are falling asleep from multiple sclerosis. The book begins on her birthday when she receives a beautiful leather-bound journal. She decides to write her memoir- the story of her eleventh year. A lot happens that year, including her dad taking a tumble at work and quitting his job and her mom returning to work in a downtown hotel. She also mns a mile for the first time and has a crush on a cute boy she meets in study hall.

Maggie is intelligent, precocious, and dreams of becoming rich and the president of the United States someday. Yet her dad's time travels into his past help her understand that there is much more to life: "I'd thought knowing where the sidewalk ended and where the red fern grew and where the wild things were could help me figure out LIFE. …

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