AND MAGGIE MAKES THREE by Joan Lowery Nixon

AND MAGGIE MAKES THREE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This lively, humorous sequel to Maggie, Too continues the adventures of Maggie Ledoux, now a seventh-grader. Maggie, motherless child of famous film director Roger Ledoux, is spending the school year with her grandmother in Houston. She has an uneasy relationship with her hard-to-please father and is dreading the prospect of having to meet his new wife, a beautiful actress. Maggie also worries about starting a new school, making friends, staying out of trouble. The last seems impossible--the first day, she punches a wise guy named Jerico after he demands her seat and calls her Fatso. Still, Maggie makes a friend, Lisa. Both join the drama club, where Maggie wins a role in a production of The Sound of Music. Maggie develops a crush on the lead, handsome, ambitious Alex, but she feels left out when her friends rehearse a musical review without her. Alex leaves school, and her friendship with Lisa is threatened when the newspaper reports plans by Roger and his wife to see ""their daughter"" in ""her"" school musical review. Surprisingly, it's Jerico who offers comfort and insights on the up-and-down nature of friendships. Various mishaps occur on opening night, but Maggie manages to impress everybody with her performance, including Roger. Happily, her stepmother also turns out to be a warm, unpretentious young woman. Nixon is a real pro at delivering likable, true-to-life characters and intriguing plots. Readers will sympathize with Maggie from the first and will rejoice at the story's happy ending.

Pub Date: April 10th, 1986
Publisher: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich