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Markus and the Girls Hardcover – April 1, 2009

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Grade 6–9—In this humorous sequel to Markus and Diana (Front St., 2006), the story's pattern is quickly established: 13-year-old Markus falls in love with a girl, and his best friend, Sigmund, tries to help him win her over (though Sigmund often has motives of his own), but by the time the two boys make anything resembling progress, Markus has already moved on to his next infatuation. Sigmund gets a girlfriend and, along with her best friend (also a discarded love interest of Markus), the four teens form a club called the Four-Leaf Clovers. They make it their mission to help Markus get together with the current light of his life, a beautiful new student named Alexandra. To this end they stage a ragtag production of Romeo and Juliet, a plot development original only in the hilarious ways in which it goes wrong. The characters are neatly developed, and the lighthearted tone is effortlessly sustained throughout. Mellower and gentler than most middle school fiction starring boys, the sweetness of the story and outdated cultural references make this book feel behind the times, but to many readers, this may come as a relief.—Eliza Langhans, Hatfield Public Library, MA END

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This sequel to Markus and Diana (2006) finds Markus and best friend Sigmund negotiating the pitfalls of eighth-grade romance. Readers will suspect early on that the boys’ elaborate plans to stage Romeo and Juliet (so that Alexandra as Juliet will fall for Markus as Romeo) are doomed to failure, but Hagerup’s ear for teen dialogue and his sense of comedic timing more than make up for any lack of suspense. By the story’s end, Markus realizes that his deepening friendship with Ellen Christine is more satisfying than his infatuation with Alexandra—not at all a bad place for a 14-year-old to be. Set in contemporary Norway, this has much middle-school appeal. Grades 6-9. --Kay Weisman

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 6 - 7
  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Front Street, Incorporated (April 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590785207
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590785201
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,279,812 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In MARKUS AND THE GIRLS, Klaus Hagerup, a critically acclaimed children's novelist from Norway, illustrates the difficulties of early pubescent childhood. Markus, thirteen, has been in love with every girl in his grade, and now is in love with the lovely Ellen Christine.

With his best friend, Sigmund, at his side, Markus experiences the daily troubles coupled with teenage life as he slowly begins his journey into the confusing world of love, in its many shapes and forms.

Markus' journeys and friendships, and the diverse, deep characters, make this book one to pick up off the bookshelves. Despite falling under the category of a perhaps typical 'coming-of-age' story, Markus' complex nature and Hagerup's choice of character kept me entertained throughout.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, resulting from its unique characterizations and the comical relationship of Markus and Sigmund, with their quirky natures intertwined. A quick read as well, good for all ages.

Reviewed by: Andrew S. Cohen
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They really ought to have called this book "Markus, Sigmund, Mons and the Girls" because Markus's best friend and father also get a lot of girl action in this story. It's a delightful read: it's very funny, and the author really hit the nail on the head with his depictions of early adolescent love and friendship. The Norwegian authorship and setting were a novelty; I'd never read a book by a Norwegian author before, and I think I've only read one other book even set in Norway. Tweens and young teens will really like this, both boys and girls.
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