From School Library Journal
Grade 3-6–Irrepressible and talkative Mary Margaret desperately wants a pet, but her father is allergic to most animals and her pregnant mother is feeling overwhelmed. However, these minor problems cannot keep the almost-nine-year-old down, and she devises several schemes to accomplish her goal. Thinking to make enough money to buy a dog and pay for its kenneling, she makes "Number Two Totes," a fashionable alternative to the plastic bags she sees dog walkers carrying, but sales are slow. In the meantime, some animals do come her way, but only temporarily–she has to give back the tame rat she found, the ant farm is uninteresting, and the turtle her brother JT brings home from camp turns out to be of the ravenous snapping variety. Also, she worries that her relationship with her mother will never be the same when the new baby is born. After Liza's arrival, things are different, but Mary Margaret finds that change might not be too bad. Her parents, impressed with her new attitude, buy her a rabbit. MacLean's heroine is lively, spirited, and full of energy. All of the characters are well drawn and the narrative sparkles with humor. A significant subplot concerns 13-year-old JT's changing relationship with his longtime best friend, who has fallen in with a new crowd. Children ready to move on to a more challenging read after Beverly Cleary's "Ramona" books (HarperCollins) will enjoy Mary Margaret's predicaments.–Terrie Dorio, Santa Monica Public Library, CA
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All of the characters are well drawn, and the narrative sparkles with humor. -- School Library Journal
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