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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 5
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (March 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416961763
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416961765
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.4 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,530,404 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Caught between Megan, her beautiful and gifted older sister and Rabbit, her stubborn and inquisitive younger sibling, PK longs to preserve the family just as it is. But a new apartment and mysterious changes that seem to be causing shifts in her family relationships threaten the girl's hopes. In the manner of snapshots, the vignettes of PK's patchwork world are captured in brief, disarming chapters. At night PK gives Rabbit a bath, regaling her with the "billions of stories" she finds in the clothes hamper. She pours out confidences to her unusual, two-wheeled friend--Bike. She is a collector of cherry pits and ideas. PK's dreamy and determined character is endearing; her small revelations are the very stuff that growing up is made of. Devastated that a beloved blue armchair will be left behind for the new tenants, PK is cheered when she learns that it will receive an elegant new slipcover and "a brand new start on life"--a metaphor that serves PK's life as well. Rendered in gentle shades of gray, Donahue's illustrations perfectly match Patron's low-key tone. In this quiet, charmingly told narrative album, a girl discovers that moving on does not mean everything gets lost along the way. Ages 8-10.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

Grade 2-4?PK's older sister may be Gifted, but this imaginative almost nine year old has some extraordinary talents of her own. Her storytelling abilities stand in good stead as the family moves to a new apartment, and her artistic touches make the place her own. No maybes?a best.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Susan Patron specialized in Children's Services for 35 years at the Los Angeles Public Library before retiring in 2007, the same year her novel The Higher Power of Lucky was awarded the John Newbery Medal. As the library's Juvenile Materials Collection Development Manager, she trained and mentored children's librarians in 72 branches. Patron has served on many book award committees, including the Caldecott and Laura Ingalls Wilder Committees of the American Library Association. She is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.

Lucky Breaks, the second novel in the "Lucky's Hard Pan" trilogy, was published in March 2009.

The Listening Library audio edition of The Higher Power of Lucky is an ALA Notable Recording; the book was translated into twelve foreign languages and has been optioned for a motion picture.

Patron's previous books for children include the Billy Que trilogy of picture books; Dark Cloud Strong Breeze; and a chapter book, Maybe Yes, Maybe No, Maybe Maybe. All earned starred reviews, and the latter was named an ALA Notable book.

Married to a rare book restorer from the Champagne region of France, Susan is working on the final book in the trilogy.





Customer Reviews

This is a sweet book that many kids can identify with and will enjoy reading.
Ravenskya
It has a great way of showing children that no matter where they come in the family they are just as special and important as each of their siblings.
Theresa M. Studer
She hates to leave the big blue chair and the magic clothes hamper filled with great stories that she tells her little sister.
annie

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By H. Wang on July 9, 2009
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This book is aimed at the 8-to-10 year old readers. Quite some reviews for this book are from adult readers?

My two daughters (8 years old and 9 years old) love reading, for example, they have no problem in enjoying the 500+ pages of Inkheart. But both of them don't feel this book is fun to read. Actually, they told me this book is kind of boring.

Based on feedbacks from my daughters, I would cautiously recommend this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M Masaki on April 23, 2009
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I have 5 children from ages 16 to age 1. This books offers a lot. I gave it to my 7 & 10 year olds as they are able to read and relate to it best. There are so many needs in a family and they are not always able to be met by the parents at all times. The children do need to learn to be self-sufficient in many of their tasks and play. I am a middle child myself and can relate to this book well. It is for 9-12 years olds but I think it can be read by 7-12 years olds depending on the child's skill level. It seems children are so far ahead of themselves in todays' world.

I don't want to spoil any of the details of this book for anyone, so I'll just say that it is a good read for any middle child.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TheLastCoyote VINE VOICE on April 10, 2009
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I gave this to my 9 1/2 year old daughter to read. Depending on the book she can be an avid or indifferent reader. In this particular case she read the entire book that afternoon without any poking or prodding from me. She enjoyed the imaginative aspects, such as the secret messages in the laundry and talking to the bike. Did she take a message or learn a life lesson from it? No, probably not but she enjoyed reading and that works for me!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Theresa M. Studer on March 25, 2009
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I actually found this book quite endearing with the coming to terms of being the middle child. It has a great way of showing children that no matter where they come in the family they are just as special and important as each of their siblings. A great book especially for ages eight to ten, the story focuses on not only the what it's like to be a middle child but also deals with moving from a safe familiar home to a new home because everyone is growing up and with different needs comes the need for more space and privacy. A quite delightful and imaginative book sure to please most any child.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Al-Amri VINE VOICE on April 6, 2009
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I thought this might be a fun book to read to my GD (almost 8)but didn't get more than half the first chapter read to her when she stopped me. She just found it boring. It has no pictures at all in the text and children like to see a picture from time to time to help them connect with the characters.

I finished reading it but really had to push. There are some charming bits as the three sisters help each other through a move to another home. It might appeal to an older child who is going through problems with a move or with siblings - maybe a 10 year old or so.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ariaceliz VINE VOICE on May 21, 2009
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This little story is cute because it illustrates the growing pains that middle children (in this case a girl) go through when their older sibling are now "too cool" or grown up to hang out with them, and their younger sibling is still a "baby". I thought the writing was creative but not too fusy. The setting of how a bathroom could provide so many childhood memories rings true for those of us that know that the best childhood memories can come from the simplest places and traditions.
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PK, going on nine years old, has responsibilities. She's the middle of three sisters, the "human jam" sandwiched between the gifted Megan, who is twelve, and Rabbit who will be starting kindergarten soon. They live in a small apartment with their mother, who goes to work each evening, and PK's job is to answer all Rabbit's questions and give her a bath each evening.

As a first reaction, I'm torn between happiness that the realities of latch-key kids are being respected in this book, and uneasiness that children cooking for and tending each other should be presented so casually. However I decided that young readers can probably accommodate that sort of issue.

Back to the story; PK's biggest dilemma of the summer is maintaining her inspiration for the stories she tells her little sister during bath time. The stories, according to PK, come from the built-in laundry hamper in the bathroom, flying through a little window into her mind. Since the family is moving to a bigger apartment, PK is worried that she'll lose her storytelling mojo. There are a few other minor dramas, and through it all PK's quest for Life Experience. All's well in the end.

Maybe Yes, Maybe No, Maybe Maybe is aimed at the 8-to-10 year old reader, so I wanted it for my granddaughter who is in that age group. I'm not sure whether to send it to her, since I'm afraid she may find the story a bit thin; possibly the six-year-old might more interested (and, I add braggingly, she could definitely read it for herself). The book seemed to jump into the story a bit abruptly, though it had a stronger finish, I thought.
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maybe yes, maybe no, maybe maybe by Susan Patron

I enjoyed reading this book and would primarily recommend it for girls. I also recommend this book for parents that may want a memory refresher about our wandering minds at a young age; when we may have felt alone or may have experienced bouts of feelings of unfairness.

PK, the narrator of the book, had the ability to "...open the little window in my mind and the stories fly into it." Originally, she was the storyteller for her pre-kindergartener sister. As the book ends, her stories also drew the interest of her mother and her almost-a-teenager older sister.

I especially like the author's introduction of accepting change; whether it entailed losing an object or a move to a new home. You may remember having an imaginary playmate when you were young. PK shared conversation with her best friend, Bike. And yes, it was her bike.

I laughed when I read, "...Mama went to work every night after dinner. She was a waitress at a fancy restaurant called The Fancy Restaurant." PK had a special use for the laundry hamper. She wrote, "There is a secret in here. PK," on the lid for the new tenants of the apartment. You must read the book to understand her secret. At PK's age, I used the laundry hamper for hide-n-seek (hoping I would be found soon due to the sometimes non-pleasant aroma). PK had an entirely different, and creative, use.

The black and white drawings within the chapter are also very true to the text. I think they add the special touch of assisting the reader to place a face to the characters.

One special note: There is mention of the uterus - although not in depth - be ready for a question or two. I recommend this book and will be passing it to my grandniece, age 8, to read
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