Parents' Guide to

The Meaning of Maggie

By Joanna H. Kraus, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Girl comes to terms with dad's illness in relatable tale.

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What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 9+

A Modern Classic

Being a kid in the 90's makes me really appreciate this novel a lot. The author weaves pop culture into this upper elementary novel seamlessly. This novel tackles the very serious issues of chronic health problems and the impact it can have on a family. This is definitely a great book to read with a parent, teacher, or book club. The character development and plot will make this is classroom classic.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
age 13+

9+? Gah!

I recently read aloud this to my daughters, and it includes people spooning (making out on the couch, sleeping together on the family couch). Would have been better if Common Sense prepared us more for this. It defiantly needs a 3/5 for sex--at least!

This title has:

Great messages
Too much sex
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4):
Kids say (2):

In THE MEANING OF MAGGIE, author Megan Jean Sovern has taken a difficult topic and made it accessible. Told from Maggie's point of view in the guise of a memoir of her past year, the story's filled with warmth, humor, and a loving, caring family. It will engage readers who appreciate a spunky, temperamental protagonist, and will resonate especially those who've experienced a disability within their family and must confront it with courage.

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