Books by Margaret Meacham

CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 31, 2007

This sequel to A Mid-Semester Night's Dream (2004) takes a humorous yet recognizable look at young teens' trials, tribulations and friendships. Morgan Yates, a 14-year-old human, is the (un)lucky recipient of a visit from her fairy-godmother-in-training, the eternally oblivious Gretta. The teen fairy visits Morgan for two reasons: She's mad at her boyfriend and she's doing a research paper on human behavior (certain to achieve a very low grade). She finds humans incomprehensible, making well-meaning but disastrous attempts to help the increasingly fed-up Morgan, who is a pretty together teen with the usual problems with boys and making friends at her new school. Alternating chapters in an extremely ornate font are excerpted from the totally clueless Gretta's diary. Her version of events reveals a staggering lack of understanding of the events she creates via failed spells. Despite Gretta's well-meaning attempts to help her charge, it is sensible Morgan who prevails. A much-needed glossary at the back defines some of the colorful and consistently used fairy slang. (Fantasy. 8-11)Read full book review >
A MID-SEMESTER NIGHT’S DREAM by Margaret Meacham
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2004

William Shakespeare's magical love mix-up, A Midsummer Night's Dream, becomes an essentially un-enchanting send-up for middle-graders in this contemporary, hi-lo reader interpretation. Recast in the lead is motherless Morgan, a typical pre-teen crushing on classmate Ben. Her single father, meanwhile, seems smitten with the stuffy Louise, leaving Morgan to seek motherly counsel from the mom of her best friend, Sam. The stiffly told story plods along dully, even when a fairy-in-training suddenly appears in Morgan's dollhouse to lend a helping wand. This lack of literary magic is perplexing until a sitcom-worthy sequence of mishaps builds momentum for the climactic school-dance scene. But again, the anti-climactic final chapters suffer from over-explanation, awkward prose, and a missing charm that plagues the first half like the goofed-up love spells plaguing the fictional romances. (Fiction. 10-13)Read full book review >
QUIET! YOU’RE INVISIBLE by Margaret Meacham
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 2001

An invisible friend from the 31st century turns out to be less help against the bully next door than a hopeful fifth-grader would like in this entertaining floater from the author of Oyster Moon (1996). As if Hoby Hobson doesn't have enough worries, between his 8½-months pregnant mother and hulking Hammerhead Jones's promise to sauté or fillet him sometime very soon, up pops jumpsuit-clad Zircus Orflandu, a thousand years off course after hitting the wrong control in his dad's new space/time cruiser. Zirc comes with a personal dematerializer that only works intermittently—a comic device that, coupled with his ignorance of 21st-century ways, Meacham milks mercilessly as the two lads stumble into complications with practically every step. In an unlikely but satisfying climax, Hammerhead (" ‘one galactic dworb,' " to use Zirc's colorful phrase) is knocked down, tied up, and then grounded for bad behavior, after which Zirc takes off futureward and Hoby gets a baby brother to cherish. Not quite another Little Prince, perhaps, but young sitcom fans will be heartily amused. (Fiction. 10-12)Read full book review >