The Meaning of Maggie

Book review by Joanna H. Kraus, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 9+

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

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 1 review

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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

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Our Editors Recommend

For kids who love Coming-of-age books and family stories

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