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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 740L (What's this?)
  • Series: MIA Fullerton
  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Bancroft Press; 1st edition (February 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1890862568
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890862565
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,796,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 6–9—This sequel to Mia the Meek (Bancroft, 2007), which follows the coming-of-age adventures of Mia Fullerton, an Iowa teen, takes place during the summer between her freshman and sophomore years of high school, when she discovers she is "the same…only different." Mia is separated from her best friend, who is spending the summer at a MENSA camp, and her boyfriend, who has gone off to his grandparents in Maine. She is forced to get to know the crazy characters at Little Tyke's Theatre, where she is working. Boggess does a wonderful job of taking a developed protagonist and stretching her in new directions. Mia stands up for herself when her boyfriend cheats, finds a new one, acts and sings onstage, and makes new friends. The novel is full of witty one-liners and hilarious descriptions of characters that keep the reading enjoyable. Mia's angst is more lighthearted than edgy, making the novel appropriate even for precocious upper-elementary readers.—Terrilyn Fleming, Colby Public Schools, KS
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This wonderful sequel is full of witty one-liners and hilarious descriptions of characters, including ''diva of the darkside,'' ''acrimonious albino,'' and ''Her Highness of Hatred.'' Through her summer adventures, Mia realizes she is "the same . . . only different." Mia's angst is more lighthearted than edgy, making it appropriate for 6-9th graders or even precocious upper-elementary readers. --School Library Journal

Ms. Boggess is absolutely gifted at finding humor in the everyday misadventures of a typical teen. Her dialogue crackles with realism and wit. Mia feels like the girl next door . . . if the girl is klutzy and hilarious and appealingly offbeat. --Jill Esbaum, Author of Stink Soup, Ste-e-e-e-eamboat A-Comin'!, Estelle Takes a Bath, and To the Big Top

You thought Mia the Meek was funny? Well, Mia the Melodramatic is double funny, with sprinkles on top. The old cast is back: well-intended-but-embarrassing parents, pain-in-the-butt brother, sweet-and-sexy Tim. But who's that standing in the wings, waiting to complicate Mia's summer? Eric? And his Goth cousin Zoe? Join Mia for a summer of romance and craziness that will keep you laughing till the curtain drops. --Sharelle Byars Moranville, Author of Purple Ribbon, Over the River, A Higher Geometry, and The Snows --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

More About the Author

Eileen Boggess is the author of Mia the Meek (Bancroft Press, 2006), Mia the Melodramatic (Bancroft Press, 2008), and Mia the Magnificent (Bancroft Press, 2009). A former middle school teacher with a Master's Degree in Middle Level Education, Eileen enjoys exploring the humorous side of the topsy-turvy teenage years.

A native Iowan, Eileen currently lives in Urbandale with her husband and two children. She is presently working on a young adult manuscript. For more information, please visit her website at www.eileenboggess.com.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on July 19, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Fifteen years old Mia fears this is going to be the summer of her discontent. Her best friend Lisa is off to some brainy camp and her boyfriend Tim is in Maine visiting his grandparents while she remains in Des Moines. She assesses her options, Mia concludes she can spend her vacation time being the butt of her younger brother Chris' pranks or she can escape the house by finding a job although employment for a young teen is not easy to find.

Mia obtains work at Little Tyke's where her role is coming off the bench to replace youthful stage frightened actors; that is when she is not mortifying herself as Playtime Pal the clown. As Tim dates a New England teen, heartbroken Mia considers going out with attractive fellow troupe member Eric.

The heroine has come a long way from MIA THE MEEK as she does things she could not have done before like performing on stage and overcoming a broken heart to dive back into the dating pool. What stays the same is the amusing sibling war with Chris as she matches him prank for prank; young readers will be on the alert when it comes to their breakfast. Yet by summer's end there is a truce of sorts between the battling sibs. Young adult fans will enjoy the lighthearted MIA THE MELODRAMATIC as the star deals with several relationship calamities although never that deeply.

Harriet Klausner
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on April 9, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Mia and her brother, Chris, continue to have a love-hate relationship. They love to act like they hate each other. That's why, with Mia's best friend and boyfriend gone for the summer, Mia reluctantly takes a summer job. It's only working as a stage crew member for a children's theater group but it gets her out of the house every day. How bad could that be?

If only she knew...

First of all, there are the unusual people that she must work with at this job--definitely not her choice of people to spend days with. On top of that, the more she works there, the more her job transforms into less than just being a stage hand. Might she have to perform? Wear a costume? Mia certainly hopes not. And ugh! Working for a children's theater group actually means working with--children.

In addition to her busy days, she wonders why her boyfriend isn't sending her emails. What's wrong with him? Was he having too much fun without her? And when she does hear from him, her fears could possibly be true.

Her summer is spent with countless disasters, annoying pranks from her brother, many doubts, and accomplishments. Mia may even realize that sometimes not getting what you want can be a good thing, people aren't always what you originally thought, and sometimes the things you dread aren't so bad after all.

Join Mia during her very dramatic summer.

Reviewed by: Dianna Geers
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Cooper on April 13, 2009
Format: Hardcover
My nine-year-old daughter has only this year become an avid reader. She is, however, quite picky. If she is not captivated by a book within a couple of pages, she rejects it forthwith. For the past several weeks, she has read a number of books by Beverly Cleary and has shown no interest in anything else.
Mia the Melodramatic was the one exception. After she'd read a bit of it, I asked if she liked it. She said, "No, I don't like it. I love it!"
So, Mia meets my daughter's exceptionally high standards. Get this book for your child today!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Blazanin on July 10, 2009
Format: Hardcover
MIA THE MELODRAMATIC is a funny, funny book about Mia Fullerton's misadventures in summer theater. The characters are memorable, especially Zoe, who acts as a perfect counterpoint to Mia. Readers will laugh out loud as Mia stumbles from one hilarious incident to another. A perfect summer read for teens, tweens, and anyone who loves to laugh!
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