Monday, December 22, 2008

Mary Margaret Mary Christmas

Title: Mary Margaret Mary Christmas
Author: Christine Kole Maclean
Pages: 152
Genre: Contemporary Fiction/Children's novel
Recommended to: Boys & girls, 8-10 years old
Rating: B-

It's almost Christmas, which means only one thing to nine-year-old Mary Margaret: presents. And this year, she's expecting a lot (five pages full, to be exact). But then her fourth-grade teacher Mr. Mooney's beautiful snow globe disappears, and later turns up on Mary Margaret's own boot, framing her! Now all Mary Margaret wants for Christmas is to have her name crossed off of the suspect list, but it will take some detective work and a little bit of Christmas magic to find the real culprit.
   Sweet, innocent, and perfect for the holiday-loving young bookworm, the fourth book in the lively Mary Margaret series is told with just as much character and enthusiasm as the previous three. The writing was simple, the dialogue was easy, and the conflicts were extremely minor, but overall the whole story reminded me of my own fourth-grade experience: the way the kids talked, acted, fought...It was all incredibly wholesome and realistic. 
  Meanwhile, towards the end, I began to get a little sick of Mary Margaret's ego, and she began to be extremely obnoxious and a little too cute. However, I found Maclean's writing perfect for the younger age group who are fans of Junie B. Jones and the Lucy Rose series who want a step up and a fun, spunky story revolving around a present-adoring character!

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