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May Bird and the Ever After, Book #1 Paperback – June 1, 2006


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 9
  • Series: May Bird (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin; Reprint edition (June 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141690607X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416906070
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #682,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 5-7–May has grown up in an isolated home next to Briery Swamp. Her only real friend is her pet cat, Somber Kitty. When she digs through the rubble of a ruined post office, she finds a letter with her name on it. It tells her to travel through the woods to a lake. When she gets there, she accidentally falls into the water, which changes her life. After she returns home, she discovers that she can now see ghosts, and that they are all around her. May returns to the eerie spot in the middle of the night and is dragged down into the lake, which is actually a portal to the Ever After, where all dead people go as well as ghosts, specters, and other spirits. This alternative world is filled with vivid characters, including Pumpkin, the shy ghost who has watched over May since she was a child. The protagonist is sent on a quest to find a book that will tell her what her future is and whether she can get back home. The setting of the book is confusing. Even the early part set in the normal world is not cohesive, but it becomes even less convincing in the Ever After. Character motivation is also an issue, because May chooses to return to the lake and then fights through the entire book to escape what she has found. This is a secondary purchase compared to other vivid fantasy works like those created by Cornelia Funke.–Tasha Saecker, Caestecker Public Library, Green Lake, WI
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist

Gr. 4-7. Everything about 10-year-old May is odd: she lives at the edge of a deserted town; she's a shy misfit who hasn't a clue about making friends; and her cat is an outlandish-looking hairless rex. But not even May's worried mother knows ghosts are haunting May. After a mysterious letter lures her to a frightening world of the dead, May must find the courage to outwit the bizarre creatures hunting her and discover why she has been summoned to Ever After. This could easily have been just another formulaic story of a loner on a quest who learns how to love and lives happily ever after, but it's not. Anderson sets the unsettling, nightmarish tone of her offbeat fantasy in the first paragraph, then compounds the horror chapter after scary chapter (think Garth Nix's Sabriel, with a leavening of humor). The first of a trilogy, this book leaves loads of tantalizing, unanswered questions. Kids will love it all the same, but warn them not to read it at bedtime. Chris Sherman
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Customer Reviews

The ending, though, open-ended, still had a certain sense of closure as well.
A. Welch
My ten year old daughter actually bought this book with her Christmas money and loves reading this series!
Kate
This book is great and I highly recommend this book for anyone who likes fantasy!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Richards HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 2, 2006
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This is young adult fantasy with a difference. May Ellen Bird is the school weirdo who lives near the woods of Briery Swamp, West Virginia, a place that has lost seventeen people to mysterious causes. Her only friend is her bald, ugly cat; a hairless Rex named Somber Kitty. You can see right away that this is no cute kid and kitty story, and if you get bad dreams if you even read the word "Boogeyman", look no further.

May likes to go snooping around in old buildings looking for treasure, and one day she finds a hidden letter dating back to 1951, which somehow has her name on it. The envelope contains a letter and a map, and soon May is setting off across the Endless Briers towards a supposedly non-existent lake. Naturally she finds the lake, and falls in, and when she gets out she can see dead people, supposedly with her new-found sixth sense. For some reason she returns to the lake, and enters the Ever After, filled with ghosts, specters and other nasty things that go bump in the night.

Assisted by her ghostly guardian, Pumpkin, she embarks on a quest to find the Book of the Dead, which is supposed to tell her how to get home again, as well as the meaning of life and everything else, but to get it she must escape the clutches of the evil Bo Cleevil, his pal the Boogeyman and his dogs, and the gross ghouls who guard the book.

Confusing in places, gross in others, but highly imaginative, this one is for kids with slightly morbid tendencies.

Amanda Richards, September 2, 2006
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By The Careful Collector on September 27, 2005
Format: Hardcover
May Bird is a skinny, knobby kneed girl with no friends and a hairless cat. Her mother wants to take her from her beloved woods in the hills of West Virginia to a boarding school in New York City. One day May finds a letter, a call for help that changes her life. As May is drawn into the Ever After she discovers many things, not the least of which is friends.

This book is dark, and, perhaps for small children, a bit frightening; it is also touching, and at times, funny. The pace is lively, the dangers are immense, and the ending is wonderful. Enjoy
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By S. E. Johnson on November 10, 2005
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I knew when I bought this book I'd love it! I actually just finished it today and hated it was over. I was kind of surprised about the ending. I thought it would of ended differently. I knew it was a series but I thought she'd make it home and then travel back to Ever After like the Dorothy in the original Oz book series. But this is good to because it makes you eager for the next book. This book is a complete mix of Tim Burton's Beetlejuice and the original Oz book series. She meets all sorts of crazy characters that you'll love. Mary Bird is a skinny shy loner who is literally dragged into the portal to the Ever After world of the dead. She has to be very careful because if she's discovered Bogeyman will come with his great black dogs. "Live ones" are forbidden to enter you see. She goes on a crazy adventure in order to get home before evil Bo Cleevil get's ahold of her. This book is stuffed with creativity and excitement. I was anxious, surprised and grossed out while reading, it was great fun! :) I think it would make a great movie!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By booklovah on August 30, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book is like Alice in Wonderland + Coraline + Beetlejuice... but so much more. When I wasn't freaked out, I was laughing. There's a little bit of everything here. I'm so glad it's the first in a trilogy-- I can't wait to read the next one!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Little Willow on September 24, 2006
Format: Paperback
What happens when you fall into another world? Alice could tell you all about Wonderland. Likewise, May Bird could tell you all about the Ever After.

May Bird is a bright, independent and imaginative young girl whose best friend is her hairless cat, the aptly-named Somber Kitty. One day, she receives a mysterious letter which prompts her to visit the nearby woods. Little does she know that she's about to go on the trip of her life -- among the no-longer-living!

With the help of Pumpkin - a timid ghost who has, without her knowledge, been her long-time guardian - she navigates the strange land. The Ever After is part Beetlejuice, part Oz, and sometimes a little scary for May, but her bravery sees her through.

Somber Kitty also fell into the Ever After, but he was separated from his owner. While May Bird tries to find a way home, Somber Kitty attempts to find her by following her scent. Somber Kitty is absolutely adorable and simply meowvelous. His determination and loyalty make his part of the story just as important as hers.

May Bird and the Ever After by Jodi Lynn Anderson is the first in a trilogy. The second is May Bird Among the Stars. The third title has yet to be released or announced.

I can't wait to find out what happens next!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bundtlust TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 18, 2009
Format: Paperback
May Bird has always been an outsider in the small West Virginia town of Briery Swamp. She's small and knobby-kneed and prefers to live in a world of her own making, along with her hairless Rex cat Somber Kitty. The two live out adventures where May is a Warrior Princess dressed in a black spangly swimsuit ready to battle evil forces. Needless to say, this doesn't endear her to the local girls, and she's never invited to parties or the like.

Unbeknownst to May, Briery Swamp is actually a hotspot; it's a portal to the Ever After, where all departed souls end up. While digging through a wrecked post office searching for treasure, May finds a letter addressed to her. The letter contains a map to a non-existent lake in the forest.

May is lured to the mysterious lake and falls in. When she manages to claw her way out, she finds that she is able to see ghosts. May's erratic, paranoid behavior terrifies her mother, who seeks to place her in a Catholic boarding school in New York. But May is drawn back to the lake and is plunged into the Ever After, where she embarks on a quest to escape the evil Bo Cleevil and his henchman the Boogeyman and his Black Shuck dogs, and find the Book of the Dead, which tells what her future will hold. May is an unlikely heroine; self-doubting, she constantly second-guesses herself, and only wants to go home.

Some of the plot points range from the vague (why May decides to return to the scene of her near-drowning) to confusing and flat-out gross, but kids who enjoy the dark fantasies of Tim Burton, thrill to Scary Stories to Tell in The Dark and who relish Poe will love the adventures of May Bird and the Ever After.
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