Monday, December 14, 2015
The Meaning of Maggie
Maggie has two older sisters and cool parents. Her life has shifted a bit since her father's legs and arms have gotten "sleepy" and her mother has gone to work in a hotel. Maggie is kept in the dark about what's really happening with her father: multiple sclerosis. It was strange to me that such a smart kid wouldn't have more questions about her father's deterioration, but I suppose it is natural if this is the way he's been her entire life. When she finally realizes the gravity of her situation, she decides to fix him.
I fell in love with this family and the way they joked around, in spite of everything. For example, when the father falls out of his wheelchair, he says he is just warming up for a game of Twister. I don't know of many books with a character with MS, so I think this will be beneficial for kids who live this reality. For the rest of us, it's a touching coming of age story.
Posted by Miss K at 12:00 AM