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Mimi

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  88 ratings  ·  20 reviews
Despite Mrs Lemon's extra sweeties, and sneaky peaks at her sisters' diary, Mimi is struggling. Her dad is always sad, her sister has a horrible secret, and 151 days ago her Mammy died. What is Mimi to do?
Paperback, 191 pages
Published August 1st 2010 by Walker & Company
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Colby Sharp
Things I loved about this book:

1. Mimi reading her sister's diary
2. Her sister knowing that she was reading it
3. That it takes place across the pond
4. The growth in all the characters
5. I loved when Mimi told off the bully

Don't miss this book. I'm guessing that it would make a great addition to your classroom or school library.
Susan
A student recommended this book to me. It was good but very sad. It involves the loss of a mother and how a family copes with this loss.
Chelsea
Mimi knows exactly how many days it's been since her mother was killed in a bike accident. The youngest and only adopted daughter in a close-knit Irish family, she has become comfortable in a new life shaped by her family's grief. Her father does nothing but stare into space and burn frozen pizzas nightly while Mimi and her two older siblings neglect their homework, stay up into the early hours of the morning, arrive late at school, and generally ignore each other and the situation. If not for a ...more
Isabel
I read this book because it came highly recommended by my eight-year-old. She was on to something, too.

With a tone reminiscent of Junie B. books, Mimi narrates her experience of life after her mother's death. Unlike Junie B. books, though, Mimi isn't annoying and her mistaken pronunciations and bits of confusion are legitimate in a little girl whose world has lost one of its moorings. It is told in a matter-of-fact way, complete with diary reading, bad jokes, embarrassing events and struggles w
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Jennifer
This was an excellent novel both for elementary school children and adults about coping with the loss of a loved one. Although Mimi has a happy ending, as you would expect in children's book, I didn't feel like the author was attempting to sugar-coat anything or magically pull a happily-ever-after out. Although the ending is happy, I don't feel as though Newman was promising a quick fix; rather he conveyed, particularly by initially marking the chapters as days after Mimi's mother's death, the l ...more
Ryoka Hirasawa
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1.) Book Title: Mimi

2.) Author: John Newman

3.) Total pages: 186

4.) Rating (1-5 stars): Four

5.) Two-three sentence summary: Mimi is a girl who lost her mom. Her dad, brother, and sister are sad, so she is trying to make them happy. One day Mrs. Lemon, who usually gives Mimi some free-snack finds that Mimi’s sister, Sally stole some stationer
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Lubianka Carrillo



The story is about a girl named Mimi who lives in Boston with her dad, sister, brother and her grandma and grandpa live two blocks away from her house. There is problem that Mimi is facing and problem is that her mom died and know she feels alone. Even if she has a sister her sister has changed since her mom died she turned into a goth. My opinion about this book is that its a good book and sad because her mom died. My evidence for my opinion is on page i on paragraph 5 which says " Mrs.Lemon h
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Grace Mbakam
I really like books like this because they include so much emotional moments and then it builds up emotion and then you just want to read on and on.
Susan P
This is a sweet little book. 149 days ago, Mimi's mother died. Since then it's been a hard adjustment for her father and older siblings, as well as the rest of her close extended family. Mimi's dad makes frozen pizza every night (and always burns it), her siblings are off in their own worlds, and no one is paying attention to whether or not Mimi is doing her homework or brushing her teeth. It takes a crisis for the family to finally pull together again.

I highly recommend listening to this one -
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Robyn
I picked this book up in the Juvenille section of the library the other day, and it was a GOOD READ. It had a few swear words, so I wouldn't let a young child read it. There are also some heavy issues addressed in it such as death, bullying, and stealing. My favorite part about this book is that the family is so supportive of each other during the first year after Mimi's mother died. It's written from a young girl's point of view, which is really cute.
Brenda Kahn
I hesitated for quite a number of minutes before clicking on 4 stars. I ended up liking this book, but it was so relentlessly sad for the first half, that I would've abandoned it had it not been a book I have to review. While it was hard to read, it was a perfect portrait of a family immobilized by grief. The sunny colors of the cover belies what a sad book this is, but if you will notice, there is a hole in the middle of the portraits.
Emilee
Oct 04, 2011 Emilee rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: kids
There was something rather heartbreaking about this book. The way the family fell apart was so simply and honestly told that I couldn't help but be moved. The matter-of-fact perspective as well as the constant reminder that life continues on each day combined for a powerful effect. There was something a little disturbing about it, but perhaps that's because as an adult reader I realized some of the problems more than the protagonist did.
Ronni
Youngest sibling Mimi has to simultaneously cope with being in primary school and her mom's unexpected death. Mimi and her immediate family members grieve and the extended family members support them. You'd expect this to be more depressing than it is. Well done, Mr. Newman. Hovers between kid and YA shelves.
Jennifer Burke
A beautiful story about a young girl, Mimi, and how she and her family deal with their grief over the death of their mother. And it takes place in Ireland, which just makes it better. A gentle, sweet story that is not overly sad, but hopeful as the family deals with their emotions and tries to move forward.
Kelly
When i was 14, I lost a parent due a motor bike accident. This book hit home and will help others who are grieving the loss of a loved one.
Kyra
I really enjoyed this book! It was perfect and it makes you want to cry.
Eliayah
i think this is very interesting and sad
Mercy
Jan 11, 2012 Mercy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: j-fic
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