Item description for MAGGIE COME LATELY (Pathway Collection) by Michelle Buckman...
Overview Maggie McCarthy has been resident babysitter and housekeeper since her mother died. Now she wants to be a regular teen, but when she rescues a classmate from sexual assault, she becomes a celebrity instead. While reconciling popularity with friendship and redefining her place at home, will Maggie discover God's grace and the goodness of what she already has?
Publishers Description Sometimes everything you want is what you already haveMaggie isn't exactly popular. In fact, she's pretty much invisible. While most girls are going to parties with boyfriends, she's busy acting as mother and housewife to her two brothers and father. But what she really wants is to be noticed by her brother's friend Webb. Unfortunately, he's dating the school's hottest cheerleader. When her sixteenth birthday comes along, Maggie makes a wish: "Please, Lord, let sixteen be a great year; let me be pretty and popular and let Webb . . ." it's too big a dream to even put the rest into words. Then she hears a noise in the woods that she can't ignore and takes a path that changes her life forever.
Awards and Recognitions MAGGIE COME LATELY (Pathway Collection) by Michelle Buckman has received the following awards and recognitions -
Christy Awards - 2008 Nominee - Young Adult category
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.19" Width: 5.57" Height: 0.87" Weight: 0.76 lbs.
Release Date May 29, 2007
Publisher NAV PRESS #111
Grade Level Multiple Grades
Series Pathway Collection
ISBN 160006082X ISBN13 9781600060823
Availability 0 units.
More About Michelle Buckman
Michelle Buckman loves writing fiction that rethinks life. She lives with her husband and five children near the Carolina coast, where she enjoys spending her free time walking the long stretches of sandy beaches. She shares news and welcomes comments from readers through her website at www.MichelleBuckman.com. The Death Panels is her fifth novel.
Michelle Buckman has published or released items in the following series...
Reviews - What do customers think about MAGGIE COME LATELY?
Be careful what you wish for... Oct 13, 2008
Maggie Come Lately, by Michelle Buckman, is a poignant story about a young girl searching for herself. All her life Maggie has taken care of her father, two younger brothers, the housework, and the cooking. She isn't popular at school, has a crush on a boy who barely knows she's alive, and her father has a new girlfriend. Maggie flees to her forest sanctuary to get away from it all and stumbles onto a girl who's been attacked. She calls 911 and does her best to help the girl.
When she goes to school, she's become an overnight celebrity hero. Maggie loves the attention she's getting, but not the reason. Why are people so obsessed with someone else's tragedy? Her dad's new girlfriend starts spending more and more time at their house, rearranging the furniture and painting the walls. Maggie feels like she's losing her place, her brothers don't care, and she's got no one she can go to for help.
A Christy Award finalist, this novel draws the reader into a compelling story with real-life issues. I was amazed how wonderfully Michelle Buckman wove characters and plot to write about such a serious topic without being preachy. Maggie is a real girl with real problems. Readers will identify with her struggles and hopefully admire the way Maggie pulls it all together to discover who she really is.
Check out the second book int he series, My Beautiful Disaster (The Pathway Collection #2).
Not Sweet 16 Feb 26, 2008
Maggie is not the most popular in school. Since her mother committed suicide when Maggie was four, she's been the female head of her household. For years she's been in charge of most of the family affairs, leaving very little time for her to enjoy being a teenager. Then her father brings home another woman, who threatens to usurp Maggie's position in the house. There is also other things happening in her life: she discovers a girl from school in the woods who was raped, a dog is gruesomely killed near their house, and one of the youth group leaders is making her feel extremely uncomfortable. This is not what beeing 16 is supposed to be like....
This was an extremely powerful and moving story. The whole book you can completely relate to Maggie and feel for her. The opening scene is shocking with Maggie as a young child witnessing her mother's suicide and the effect it has on her for the rest of her life. I think a lot of girls will be able to relate to Maggie about not being popular and being on the outside looking in. And there will be also many who have to deal with parents dating and remarrying and the adjustments that come with that. The scenes where Maggie deals with having a taste of the in crowd, drinking and being with the popular guys are scenes that are all too familiar in high schools. The author obviously knows the way teens think and act. There are serious topics discussed in the book. The scenes of the rape are harsh and graphic but teens need to read about this to know how to protect themselves. You feel the pain and the fear for both Maggie and the girl who was raped. The same goes for the idea of a sexual predator in the church. It's sad and scary that this happens even in a Christian community and it shows that you have to be careful of who you trust. I would definitely recommend this for older teens. Due to the mature content younger teens might not be ready for this but older teens should read this book. This book is comparable to Melody Carlson's books as a way to get teens to read. HIGHLY recommended.
A South Carolina fan writes: Nov 11, 2007
It's so cool the way Michelle Buckman mentions our habits, hangouts, and fellow creatures of SC in this book. Maggie is a character most of us can relate to and look up to because of her desire to take a stand for what is right. I love the way her character relates honestly before God when she really wants to go far left on Him at times. Rich in description, this is the kind of book you read and then have to share with all your friend- adults and teens.
Emotional Teen fiction Jul 26, 2007
For most of Maggie's life she has taken care of her father and her two brothers, not that they seem to appreciate it all that much. She's been so busy cooking and cleaning, and trying to keep up in school, she's never really been a regular teenager. She's not popular at school, doesn't fit in, all she has is her role at home. Then her father brings home a woman who seems determined to take over. Maggie is furious. The boys don't seem to care, and her father appears to be fascinated. Maggie feels left out. Even the neighbors seem strange. Suddenly danger stalks the woods, coming ever closer. Maggie who has been used to doing everything herself, finds there are some things she can't do on her own. She needs help, the problem is, she doesn't know who to trust. A moving story about a young girl struggling to fit in and make a place for herself. A strong, emotional tale, that will appeal to teens everywhere.
Maggie is very real Jul 19, 2007
Michelle Buckman's character Maggie is a very real and believable teen. It's easy to be sympathetic of her problems. It's a book I'm sure I'll reread.