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Mary Margaret and The Perfect Pet Plan Hardcover – May 11, 2004


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: Mary Margaret
  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Juvenile (May 11, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525471839
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525471837
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,877,930 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

As a kid growing up on a farm in West Michigan in the 1960s, I was often dirty, sometimes restless, and mostly happy. My five older siblings and I worked hard, but, as any of them will gladly tell you, they worked harder than I did.

That's because I was a gifted child--gifted at getting out of chores. When I was supposed to be weeding the garden or picking up rocks from the fields (yes, that was actually one of our chores), I'd be riding my horse or reading a book instead. Those were my two favorite ways of escaping my ordinary life.

I decided I wanted to be a writer when I was about nine, and I've never looked back.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sandra McLeod Humphrey on June 24, 2008
Format: Paperback
I love the relationships: Mary Margaret's relationship with her mom, with her dad, with her brother JT, with her friend Andy, and with her grandparents. All the relationships are depicted with great warmth and sensitivity, and Mary Margaret is very real and very lovable. Our grandkids loved the story and they were both trying to come up with possible animals for Mary Margaret as we read the story together. They seemed quite satisfied with the ending and now want to read more books about Mary Margaret.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tammy A. Musco on February 5, 2008
Format: Paperback
My daughter and I read this book. It was very fun and entertaining. Not boring at all. The relationships in the book are very real. There are a few good lessons to be learned like standing up for what is right and helping others in their time of need. My daughter is in elementary school, and she really enjoyed the book. I would definitely recommend this book, especially to those who really want a pet!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. Nyboer on October 21, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book is just fabulous. It's warm and funny. The characters are lovable. Ms. MacLean makes you want to jump right into the story and move into Mary Margaret's neighborhood. Though Mary Margaret's family is a little bit quirky, I don't know anyone that could not relate to them and their experiences in some way. My young nieces don't know it yet, but they can plan on getting this book in their Christmas stockings!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Heidi on October 2, 2004
Format: Hardcover
My daughter loved this book!!!! This book is refreshing in that it speaks to young girls and still stays innocent. Mary Margaret is so lovable and the characters are so real. There are so few titles out there that emerging readers can read and not have to deal with issues that they are too young for. The website [...] has great features for teachers, parents, and kids. Don't miss out.
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