Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Maggie Again

by John D. Husband

I was into this story within the first few pages. I connected with the main character, I was intrigued with the premise of the book and I loved the idyllic setting of Cobblers Eddy, Indiana in 1926. Life is good for Maggie and her friends until she learns of her dad's plan to move.

When her father gets the chance to live his dreams Maggie's family moves to Upper East Side of New York City. Maggie is supportive of her father's dream and unselfishly helps those dreams come true, but once in New York, Maggie and her mother are not happy with their new lifestyle. Maggie writes a letter to her young sweetheart, Tom, to bring Alfie and Gordie and come visit her. They hop a ride in a boxcar of a train. And that's when things go awry.

I really enjoyed this unique time-travel story. I'd love it if the author wrote a sequel that continued the story of Maggie and Tom and their friends. To add to the story experience there's a website all about the author, the book, and further info about Maggie.

Somewhere I learned after finishing a book to go back and reread the quote at the front of the book. This one was a real kicker: "If youth but knew and age but could. --Henri Estienne, 1594" Imagine if you had all the knowledge and experience of a 74-yr-old woman in a 16-yr-old body. That is a reality for Maggie/Margaret. What will she do with it?


Jeane said...

This sounds good! Is it anything like The Time Traveler's Wife? (if you've read that one)

Bookfool said...

Time travel!!! I love time travel. I'll have to look this one up, thanks.

Lisa said...

This is the second good review I've come across for this book. I think it sounds like it's right up my alley. Thanks!

Booklogged said...

Jeane, not really like Time Traveler's Wife. This one's aimed more at YAs even though I enjoyed it immensely.

Bookfool, this is quite a light, quick read. I think you'll enjoy the time-warp idea.

Lisa, I think it's worth reading.

Anonymous said...

This sounds great! I love time travel! Thanks for the review!

heather (errantdreams) said...

What an interesting premise.

Love the elegant new look, by the way!

Alyson said...

Sounds interesting. I think I'll put it on my TBR list. Hopefully my library has it on CD.

Framed said...

I like the sound of this book. I may use it for my Indiana book. So are you mooching it?

Paula said...

Adding my voice to say, I love time travel books and love to read YA from time to time. Sounds like a good one.