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

4.6 out of 5 stars 53 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in the May Bird Series

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About the Author

Jodi Lynn Anderson is the bestselling author of several critically acclaimed books for young people, including Tiger Lily and the May Bird trilogy. She lives with her husband and son in Asheville, North Carolina, a city that appears to have been founded by elves.

Leonid Gore moved to the US from his native Belarus in 1991. He has illustrated many beloved books for children and is also the author and illustrator of Danny’s First Snow. Mr. Gore lives in Oakland, New Jersey. Visit him online at LeonidGore.com.

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In this first tale of a gripping new trilogy, we meet May Bird; her closest companion, Somber Kitty; and a variety of ghosts, ghouls, and specters. May Bird, a shy loner, finds adventure and companionship in the woods surrounding her beloved West Virginia home. In one of her sojourns into the woods, May inadvertently falls through a portal and ends up in the strange and frightening Ever After. Bernadette Dunne's performance is spellbinding. She brings all the characters to life, giving each one a voice unique to his or her personality as she plunges listeners into this strange new fantasy land. Bring on Book Two! N.E.M. © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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: 5.1 x 1 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,098,393 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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The first part of this book, (not unsurprisingly titled "Into the Woods"), is very appealing. Our heroine, a lonely, spunky, sensitive young girl, is introduced, and the atmosphere of Briery Swamp is nicely set. May Bird looks like she will develop into a fine quest companion.

But then she enters the realm of EverAfter, and the balance of the work becomes a very imaginative, but very crowded and sketchy, clone of Oz. The plot develops into a quest with strange companions to avoid the bad guy and get home again.

Any particular chapter is interesting. Almost every sentence introduces a new imaginative element. But, it's like the reading version of a sugar high after a while. And at some point you just stop caring, because you know the plot arc, you tire of the unrelenting "creativeness", and , most importantly, you don't really care that much about what happens, because May Bird is just like a game piece being moved around the board in a complicated fantasy game, the rules of which you don't quite understand.

Now, all of that said, this is still a book that you might want to try. We know the Oz tales, but your young reader probably doesn't. And the book is certainly readable. I just wouldn't get too invested in the whole trilogy until I tried out this book one.
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