Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Maggie Malone and the Mostly Magical Boots by Jenna McCarthy and Carolyn Evans -- ADVISABLE

McCarthy, Jenna and Carolyn Evans Maggie Malone and the Mostly Magical Boots, 224 pgs. Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 2014. $6.99. Content: G.

Eleven-year-old Maggie is pretty sure her life can't get worse. Her dad has been laid off, and she has to transfer from her fancy private middle school to the stinky public school -- without her best friend. If only she could be tween pop sensation Becca Starr. Her life is perfect. But then Maggie receives a pair of magical boots in the mail, and suddenly she's the one performing for an adoring crowd of 20,000 people. Unfortunately, she's also dealing with difficult fans, lying reporters, and a schedule so full she can barely manage a bathroom break. As it turns out, there's no such thing as a perfect life. But that doesn't mean Maggie has to settle for her ordinary one.

This is a fun, fast story with a super cute premise, several laugh-out-loud moments, and a wonderful, confidence-boosting moral. The allure of magic and the fascinating insights into the life of a pop star should be a big draw as well.

EL, MS -- ADVISABLE. Reviewer: Caryn

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