Sunday, September 11, 2016

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday (September 12, 2016): The Best Worst Thing by Kathleen Lane

For today's MMGM, I'm recommending The Best Worst Thing by Kathleen Lane.

Here's the publisher's description:

Front door locked,

kitchen door locked,
living room windows closed.
Nobody in the closet,
nobody under the beds.

Still, Maggie is worried. Ever since she started middle school, she sees injustice and danger everywhere--on the news, in her textbooks, in her own neighborhood. Even her best friend seems to be changing.

Maggie believes it is up to her, and only her, to make everything all right. Can she come up with a plan to keep everyone safe?

The Best Worst Thing is a perceptive novel about learning the limits of what you can control, and the good--sometimes even best--things that can come of finally letting go.
(Note: The bold portion was italicized originally, and also in bold.)

This book would be a great pick as the next Newbery. It's that good! The main character, Maggie, seems to have obsessive-compulsive disorder, and the depiction is very true to life. The book tackles many interesting topics, such as marriage conflict, entering middle school, and poor parenting and how that affects kids. All of this is handled deftly. This book would be great to read in class, since it offers many things for kids to relate to. However, whether you're in class or not, this book is still a fabulous read that all ages will love!


  1. The cover looks interesting and the story very intriguing. Thanks for the heads-up on this one.

  2. Thank you for the thoughtful review — so nice!


  3. I do enjoy books about kids with disabilities, and OCD is one I'm seeing more frequently. What a beautiful cover--and the story sounds intriguing as well.