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Maggie looked down and barely saw her toenails peeking out from the shadow of her stomach. She closed her eyes and slowly stepped onto the scale. Once she finally opened her eyes, Maggie almost fell off the scale.

Maggie Bean's having a tough year. Since her dad lost his job he spends more time watching TV than talking to his family, and her mom's totally stressed about money. So Maggie focuses on what she does best: keeping up her straight-A average and eating chocolate.

Lots and lots of chocolate.

But everything changes when Maggie gets a chance to try out for the synchronized swim team. Becoming a Water Wing has always been Maggie's dream -- who wouldn't want to have an instant circle of friends and wear that cute silver bathing suit? As a Water Wing, maybe she'll start believing she's more than just a socially awkward bookworm. Maybe people will see past the extra weight she's recently gained to the funny, cool girl hiding underneath. And maybe, just maybe, Peter Applewood will finally notice her.

It all depends on Maggie Bean, who thinks she knows who she is, but is about to find out for sure.
Published: Aladdin on
ISBN: 9781439108888
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Maggie's dad lost his job and has become a professional couch potato. Her mom is more and more worried about money, and Maggie focuses on keeping her straight A average and eating chocolate. Maggie's weight has become more of an issue than she's willing to admit, and when she has the opportunity to try out for the synchronized swim team, she decides to work hard on losing weight and making the team -- and maybe learning to believe in herself again. Maggie also hopes that maybe Peter (her crush) will notice her. Maggie doesn't always make the right choices, but she begins to see who she is under all of everyone else's expectations (some positive, some not). A somewhat unrealistic ending, even though it's the one everyone hopes for.more
I'd have to say that "The Melting of Maggie Bean" was a bad read. I found it repeitive and hard to follow. he story follows the struggle of an over weight pre-teen who i trying to find her way. Maggie (the protagonist) was self-centered and greedy. With un-realistic motives. Maggie's main goal throughout the book seemed to be to make her way onto an elite swim team where she was convinced she didn't belong. Her lack of self-confidence was annoying and repetitive, and at times she seemed to shut herself off fro the world completely while Rayburn discussed various pity-parties that she threw for herself while laying in bed eating sweets. Focusing ony on Maggie as dull and irritating. None of the charectors were well rounded and they all seemed distant from one another, never making REAL connections to each other threw the entire book. None of the charectors stayed rue to the description they were given. And the un-likelyness of many events that happened in the book made the book hardly believable and awkward. The novel was slow and dull and in my opinion A WASTE OF TIME!!!Chloe's Blurbs:"An unlikely story like many others."NOT RECOMENDED!!!!!!more
this is a good realistic fiction bookmore
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Maggie's dad lost his job and has become a professional couch potato. Her mom is more and more worried about money, and Maggie focuses on keeping her straight A average and eating chocolate. Maggie's weight has become more of an issue than she's willing to admit, and when she has the opportunity to try out for the synchronized swim team, she decides to work hard on losing weight and making the team -- and maybe learning to believe in herself again. Maggie also hopes that maybe Peter (her crush) will notice her. Maggie doesn't always make the right choices, but she begins to see who she is under all of everyone else's expectations (some positive, some not). A somewhat unrealistic ending, even though it's the one everyone hopes for.more
I'd have to say that "The Melting of Maggie Bean" was a bad read. I found it repeitive and hard to follow. he story follows the struggle of an over weight pre-teen who i trying to find her way. Maggie (the protagonist) was self-centered and greedy. With un-realistic motives. Maggie's main goal throughout the book seemed to be to make her way onto an elite swim team where she was convinced she didn't belong. Her lack of self-confidence was annoying and repetitive, and at times she seemed to shut herself off fro the world completely while Rayburn discussed various pity-parties that she threw for herself while laying in bed eating sweets. Focusing ony on Maggie as dull and irritating. None of the charectors were well rounded and they all seemed distant from one another, never making REAL connections to each other threw the entire book. None of the charectors stayed rue to the description they were given. And the un-likelyness of many events that happened in the book made the book hardly believable and awkward. The novel was slow and dull and in my opinion A WASTE OF TIME!!!Chloe's Blurbs:"An unlikely story like many others."NOT RECOMENDED!!!!!!more
this is a good realistic fiction bookmore
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