Wednesday, October 24, 2007

May Bird returns to the Ever After

This appears to be the final installment of the May Bird series (which would officially make it a trilogy). The book takes place several years after the conclusion of the last book. May is back in Briery Swamp with her mother, who is overwhelmed with happiness and relief that her daughter has returned after her mysterious three-month disappearance.

Upon her return, May told the truth about where she was, only to be humiliated when no one believed her. She was a minor celebrity for a while (hence the fad for shirts reading "May Bird went to the land of the dead and all she brought me was this lousy t-shirt"). Even her mother doesn't believe her, and after several failed attempts to find out what "really" happened during those months, they have an unspoken agreement not to discuss it; instead, they make cookies together and enjoy each other's company.

May is now thirteen, and with the passing of the years she has become less enchanted with exploring the woods around her house and building innovative devices and odd inventions. Now, as with many young teens, it seems more important to try, somehow, to fit in. Pumpkin, Lucius, and her other friends from the Ever After all seem distant and unreal, as if they happened to someone else, long ago, in a dream. The lake that had been a portal into the Ever After is now dried up, and even though at times May wishes she could go back, she has no idea how she could possibly get there.

Then she gets a strange phone call - could it be Pumpkin's voice on the other end? Telling her that she must come back, that they desperately need her? Suddenly May and Somber Kitty (and he is as delightful a character as ever) find themselves back in the Ever After, and this time she is determined not to run away; this time she must face Bo Cleevil, and this time it's not just the fate of the Ever After that's at stake. Bo Cleevil has designs on other targets that are even more precious to May.

This book had the same sort of feel to me as The Last Battle, the last of C.S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia. The characters in that book are older, too, and they've lost a bit of the optimism and sense of wonder they had when they were younger. And because of that, the book was bittersweet. I was glad that May went back to finish what she started, fulfilling her destiny as warrior princess, doing all she can even though she knows it can't possibly be enough - and the story had a satisfying, if bittersweet, ending.

Books in the May Bird Trilogy:
  1. May Bird and the Ever After
  2. May Bird Among the Stars
  3. May Bird: Warrior Princess
May Bird: Warrior Princess by Jody Lynn Anderson (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2007)

44 comments:

  1. You've done it again! This sounds so good. I really want to read these. You find the most interesting books I haven't even heard of before. Thanks!

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  2. Thanks, Nicola! One of my favorite things about working in the children's department of my library is getting to look at all the new books that come in, hot off the truck. It's like Christmas every day! :-)

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  3. Like you said I think that was a great novel but I don't realy think it is the last.I mean they left so many things unknown.It does not sound like may to leave her first best friend in a unknown land would she?How many times has pumpkin saved her?It just does not sound like something to be left a mystery.

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  4. I hope you're right, Jamie - I'd love to read about May Bird's further adventures!

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  5. The May Bird books get the most comments on my book blog. Young readers everywhere are praising this series. The author very much needs her own website I think. :)

    I'm glad to find other blogs out there who are praising the series too. I agree with your comment that the book is bittersweet and there is less wonder in the characters. But I think the aging of May and the others was well done.

    Not sure how I feel about there being another book though. Maybe something set in the Ever After with another of the characters? I think to send May Bird back would ruin the ending of the third story. That's just me though! :)

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  6. Hi, Cat - My May Bird posts do get tons of hits as well. This is one of my favorite series from last year (meaning that's when I read it). I completely agree with you - the aging of the characters was very well done, and I know I'll remember them for a long time to come.

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  7. I have read book 1 & 2 but I've always wanted 2 know if there was a third book but now I know there is & I want 2 read!I have read book 1 & 2 like a million times but now I I want 2 read the third book!The Author really did a good job of desrition it makes u really get into the book!So that's it so bye!!!

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  8. Mika - I'm glad you hear you've been enjoying this series. The third book is a bit different from the first two - I'll be curious to know what you think of it when you read it. I hope you enjoy it - and thanks for stopping by my blog!

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  9. WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY!!!!!!!!!! WHY DID YOU HAVE TO SEND PUMPKIN AWAY!?! HOW COULD YOU DO SUCH A THING?!? HE WAS LIKE, MY LIFE!!! HE ROCKS MY WHOLE WORLD!!!!!!!!

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  10. Pia - I know how you feel! I love Pumpkin, too. Maybe she'll write another one and we'll get to hear what happens to him!

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  11. Oh my gosh i really can`t wait to get this book it sounds awesome. Well i`m not done with the second book yet.Jodi Lynn is a great author she did so good on the May Bird books. Please make a May Bird 4 i really want to know so much more.
    And she shouldn`t just leave all her friends there because what if Bo Cleevil get`s` her friends? Well i got to go see ya. Email me soon

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  12. Hi, Kaylee - I'm glad to hear you're enjoying the series so much! I hope she writes another one, too - it would be fun to see what happens to May Bird and all her friends.

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  13. Hi,Darla how are you doing. I`m Ok.
    I`m reading the second book. I brng it to school to read. Well i got to go seeya Darla.

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  14. Hi, Kaylee - I'd love to know what you think of the book when you're finished!

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  15. hey Darla how old are you? I`m 11 and in the 6th grade. what may bird book are you reading? What i think so far of may bird 2 is that it is very good. well email me later.
    see ya Darla

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  16. Kaylee - I'm a children's librarian, and I'm in my 40s! I don't know if I'm a children's librarian because I love to read kids' books, or if it's the other way around. :-)

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  17. hi, Darla D. Wow i did not think you were a grown up i thought you were a kid. Not that your old or anything i`m just surprised. 40s is not a bad age. Your a young person. When i grow up i want to be a person like you. Well i think you should make a book. I bet if you did a lot of people read it including me. Well i got to go see ya later Darla.

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  18. hey Darla this is Kaylee. Hey why haven`t you emailed me? I miss talking to you. Well if your a children`s librarian i wanted to know if you ever read Captain Underpants? I read a couple of their books there very funny and awesome!
    I like May Bird better though. Well i got to go see ya later Darla.
    PS Email me back

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  19. Hey, Kaylee - sorry I didn't get a chance to reply to your comments. We're getting ready to go away on vacation and there's a lot to do!

    I think the Captain Underpants books are very funny - especially the first one!

    I have a book recommendation for you. Have you read The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett? I reviewed it here. I think you'd like it, because it's funny (like Captain Underpants) and it's also exciting with very interesting characters (like May Bird). I hope you'll give it a try if you haven't read it!

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  20. hi Darla The Wee Free Men looks like a good book. Do you know if this book will be in a library? I live close to Library and if the books there i could take it out and read it. Hey do you know the library called Carol library. I live in Michigan. Where do you live? My city is called Livonia. I hope your doing well have a nice vacation. See ya Darla.
    Ps Email me back when you can.

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  21. Hi, Kaylee - I found your library's website and see that one of the branches has all three of the books in the trilogy. I hope you'll be able to check them out!

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  22. Hi Darla thank you so much for finding out if the books were there. Guess what I got a B in my Social studies class. Well anyway where do you live? I already told you where i live. Have you ever wrote book? Did it ever got published? Sorry i`m asking so many questions. Have you went on vacation yet? Well i went to Disney World before. It was so fun!!
    bye bye Darla email me soon

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  23. Great job in social studies! I live near Washington DC - there's lots to do around here! How did you know we're going to Disney World?!

    I have published some short stories, but I'm still working on getting a book out there. One of these days... :-)

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  24. Sorry Darla i haven`t emailed you in awhile i got the message but some how it got in my trash. I didn`t know you were going to Disney World. Did you have fun? Email me Back and tell me all about it at kayleewalker97@gmail.com so it can be private. I got to go Email me soon!

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  25. Books 1 and 2 were well mastered and I am starting Part II for the third. I love the trilogy and I want a 4th with her final end and her returning to Lucius and all her friends to find that Pumpkin has returned. Her mother has also found her way there. That, I think should serve as a proper end, but, honestly, I would never want this trilogy to end! It would be so awesome if they made this into a comic series or TV show, even. Thank you dearly for praising such a lovely book!

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  26. Books 1 and 2 were well mastered and I am starting Part II for the third. I love the trilogy and I want a 4th with her final end and her returning to Lucius and all her friends to find that Pumpkin has returned. Her mother has also found her way there. That, I think should serve as a proper end, but, honestly, I would never want this trilogy to end! It would be so awesome if they made this into a comic series or TV show, even. Thank you dearly for praising such a lovely book!

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  27. I know that we be so awesome.Nice email name i love penguins.Hey how old are you? I am not old at all i am really young take a guess at what my age is. Merry Christmas

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  28. Thanks for stopping by, Clubpenginsecretagent! I am glad you're enjoying the trilogy as much as I did. It was very hard to let all those characters go. It would be great to get another one, wouldn't it?!

    Hi, Kaylee - Merry Christmas to you. too!

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  29. oh my gosh the book sounds sooooo good ! I READ THE first and just finished the second so i was looking for a place i could purchase the third because theres no library near me (i know bummer) im so addicted to these books!

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  30. I hope you're able to find the third book soon, because you really have to see how it all ends! I hope you'll enjoy it when you find it.

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  31. Hey,Darla its been so long since you emailed me.I`m going to get the book. Do you know if there is a May Bird 4? Have you read the third one? Sorry that i am asking so many ?s. Email me soon!

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  32. Hi, Shelby. No, I haven't heard that there will be further books in the series, but be sure that I will post about it if I do! I have read all 3 and enjoyed them very much.

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  33. Hello!!! I have some questions. What is your favorite book in the library? And do you want furlough days? Also, What is your library's name? Maybe i will go there someday! I am a student at a Middle School in Maui. Did you ever write a book? Have fun in your library! ~Makena<3

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  34. Hi, Makena! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love Maui! I used to live on Oahu, and I miss Hawaii sooo much. As for your questions:

    1. It is too hard to pick just one favorite book from the whole library. I guess one of my very favorites is A Ring of Endless Light by Madeleine L'Engle. It's part of the series that features Vicki Austin.

    2. My library has had one furlough day so far, because of the current budget troubles. I don't exactly want furlough days, because it makes it hard for people who are counting on the money to pay bills and rent and things like that. But secretly I don't really mind the occasional day off without pay! :-) If we had to take a ton of them, then I'd be worried - but I'd much rather do furlough days than have more people at the library lose their jobs, which has happened already and makes me so sad.

    3. I have published several short stories and lots of newspaper and magazine articles, and I am working on a book.

    If you have any other questions, feel free to email me at darladarlad AT gmail.com

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  35. yes i have wrote a book and my favorite book is The Babysitter 3 by Rl Stine

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  36. Shelby - I think I read the first Babysitter and it was pretty creepy!

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  37. i didn't read the first 1.

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  38. Maybe you should give it a try! :-)

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  39. i was looking for it in my library but couldnt find it. ill try my other library. i love diary of the wimpy kid.

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  40. Shelby - I enjoyed Diary of a Wimpy Kid, too - and my kids have read all of them and are very excited about the new one that's coming out soon!

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  41. the books were amazing!!!!!!!!! The 1st is the best I couldn't put it down. It was how do i put it captivating!!!!!!!!!!!!! I want to read the third soon! I have read the first15 times!!!!!!!!

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  42. Hi, Anonymous - I'm glad you are enjoying these books! I think they must be the most popular ones I've reviewed, judging by all the comments. I hope you enjoy the third one. :-)

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  43. i wish i wish apon a star, that there was a fourth may bird book, and that i had a pony **-.-**

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