A simply told, deeply riveting and perceptive debut novel that strikes a universal chord by exploring what it's like to be a 10 year-old who doesn't feel ready to grow up and leave childhood behind.
Ten year-old Maggie sees injustice and danger everywhere in her history textbook, on the playground, in her neighborhood, on the news. How can anyone be safe when there's a murderer on the loose, a bully about to get a gun for his 12th birthday, rabbits being held captive for who-knows-what next door, and an older sister being mysteriously consumed by adolescence? Maggie doesn't like it one bit, so she devises intricate ways of controlling her own world and a larger, more dangerous plan for protecting everyone else.
Beautifully written, Maggie's voice rings brilliantly true and brings to mind the writing of Jack Gantos and Katherine Patterson. Kathleen Lane is a promising new voice, an exciting new talent.
About the Author
Kathleen Lane lives in Portland, Oregon, where she is a Literary Arts writer-in-residence, visiting instructor at Pacific Northwest College of Art, and cohost of the art and literary event series SHARE.
Thoughtful characterization and relatable themes make this a strong purchase * School Library Journal, starred review *
Lane's prose is quietly powerful, plain yet poetic....A tender, sober portrait of a middle schooler with OCD * Kirkus Reviews *
Students making the transition from elementary school to middle school, or grappling with feelings of being an outsider, will be able to identify with Maggie's struggles. * School Library Connection *
For Ages: 9 - 12 years old
For Grades: 4 - 6
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 30th August 2016
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.0 x 14.0
Weight (kg): 0.29
Edition Number: 1