Series: Max and Maggie Journal One
Publisher: Erie Island Media, LLC.
Publication Date: October 3, 2013
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A sister and brother, forced to write in the summer, and share ONE journal? Ugh.
This is exactly what happens to 10-year-old twins Maggie and Max Pruitt. When Mom comes up with a plan for them to keep a summer journal, Maggie and Max can’t believe it. Worse yet, they have to share!
Through their writing, Maggie and Max find out they have very different (and hilarious) views about growing up, family and life – a conclusion they only discovered because, as Max and Maggie say, “Mom Made Us Write This.”
I love when books for middle grade readers are funny but also teach kids and this was one of those books. A brother and sister have to work together to finish journal entries over the summer in an attempt to get along as well as write during their summer break - both wonderful things.
I really enjoyed this book, the idea is wonderful - no planned prompts, just a journal - express yourself but do it with your sibling. It was funny and great. I loved the interaction between the siblings and the doodles and notes in each others entries made those bits all the more entertaining.
I think a kid reading this will really like it. It appeals to both boys and girls and lots of different likes and dislikes. I (even as an adult) felt connected to both Maggie and Max in different opinions and really liked that. I wasn't really drawn to one or the other but both and that makes for a great story.
The journal like writing style and then the open journal pages following the text in the paperback were also clever. I think after reading about the journal that had to be written, middle grade readers will enjoy writing their own entries. I really liked this book and flew through it. I think it would be a wonderful addition to any library and a fun parent/kid read together.
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