Thursday, June 7, 2007

May Bird's underworld journey continues

I was surprised to see how short this sequel to May Bird and the Ever After is. It made me wonder whether the two volumes had originally been a single book, which the publishers had divided into two (so it wouldn't be so long), as sometimes happens. Together with the first book, it does form a single narrative arc - so I'm glad I read it while the first one was still fresh in my mind.

May continues her perilous journey. She is determined to return home to her mother (and in this book we get some snippets from her mother's point of view, which adds to the depth and tension), even though May is supposed to be the one who can deliver the Ever After from the evil clutches of Bo Cleevil. She is developing close friendships (the first in her life) with her ghostly compatriots, which makes her more and more torn between going home and trying to save them. She would be more determined to stay if only she had more self-confidence that she might actually be the warrior everyone seems to think she is. When she finally meets the Lady of the North, she is told that the very qualities that have made her an outsider are the strengths that will help her in the Ever After. If only she could believe it!

Somber Kitty is as fun and heroic as in the first book - and he's still my favorite character. I didn't much care for the picture of him on the cover, though - it makes him look like a grumpy old man. I found a better picture, which I'm posting below. :-)

While this series deals with death, ghouls, specters, and other dark matters, there are a lot of silly, whimsical touches that keep it from being overly grim and spooky. A third book in this series is scheduled to be released in September 2007, called May Bird, Warrior Princess.


May Bird Among the Stars by Jodi Lynn Anderson (Aladdin, 2007)

11 comments:

  1. I like your picture better, too. Is this a book for a specific age group? It seems a bit like a children's/Y.A. book, but I'm not sure. Also, I wondered if it would fit in with Carl V.s (www.stainlesssteeldroppings.blogspot.com) Once Upon a Time Challenge which involves reading fantasy or mythology.

    I'm so pleased to meet you, and I look forward to discussing books in one another's blogs (being a mother, teacher, reader myself).

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  2. Hi, bellezza - thanks for stopping by! It is a children's book, and Amazon recommends it for ages 9 to 12. It is probably a bit too dark for most children younger than that.

    It's nice to meet you, too - I enjoyed wandering through your blog. I think that May Bird would certainly fit the Once Upon a Time challenge. Another one that would be great (involving both fantasy and mythology) would be Diana Wynne Jones' The Game. Very fun (also for kids - YA, I think).

    I was a teacher before I became a librarian - so yes, we sure do have a lot in common!

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  3. Hi Darla! - I'm only posting to show you that I figured out how to do it. I'll try to leave a more substantial comment in my next post. :) Hugs! - Tex

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  4. Hey, Tex! Glad to hear from you! :-)

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  5. Hey, the Sombre Kitty looks like a Devon or a Cornish Rex - they're awfully lovely kitties!

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  6. Yes, he is a Rex (can't remember if it's Devon or Cornish) - and he's a wise, sardonic character - surprisingly well developed for a cat who can only say three words (Meow, Mew, Meay).

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  7. Darla, thanks for exposing me to those titles/authors. They are new to me, and I always appreciate learning of a new author for my children. Every year I have a few you can read on an eighth grade level or so, even though I teach third, and it's nice to direct them to something new. I'll have to read these myself this summer.

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  8. You are so welcome. I'll be looking forward to hearing what you think of the ones you'll be reading. Let me know!

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  9. My cat, who's a Siameezie, can say a surprising number of things even though they mostly come out as miaow. She can ask for food, tell me she wants fresh water and is simply NOT going to drink water that's been sitting in her bowl for 12 hours thank you very much, ask me to open the blinds so she can sit in the sun, tell me off for moving her, tell me everything is my fault, ask me to scratch there, no THERE, silly human, ask me where I've been, tell me human food is much nicer than cat food, and tell me she heard a funny noise and possibly it was made by something edible. Oh, and tell me off for having guests. She doesn't like more than one extra person at a time.

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  10. That is funny! She sounds like a very smart kitty. Although lately I've been wondering if that is necessarily a desirable quality in a cat (or at least in MY cat). Do I really need a cat that can open cupboards, pantry doors - that can actually manipulate doorknobs? That can open the kitchen trash can and help himself to whatever happens to be in there? And I'm not talking the typical foods that attract cats - he and his sister steal avocado peels, edamame pods, sandwich crusts (plus of course the typical things as well). If your cat were around to give them orders I don't know what I'd do!

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  11. AnonymousMay 02, 2010

    can you pelease make a forth book called MAY BIRD THE UNDEAD JORUNY CONTINUES

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