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Poppy Mayberry, The Monday (Nova Kids #1)

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What if your teacher could read your mind just because she was born on a Thursday? Or the kid next to you in class could turn back the clock just because he was a 'Wednesday''? In the quirky town of Nova, all of this is normal, but one thing is not---Poppy Mayberry. As an almost-eleven-year-old Monday, she should be able to pass notes in class or brush her dog, Pickle, ...more
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Published September 13th 2016 by Tantrum Books
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Jennifer Bardsley
Mar 05, 2016 Jennifer Bardsley rated it it was amazing
Here's my ten-year-old's review of Poppy Mayberry, The Monday (Nova Kids) by Jennie K. Brown. We received a free, advanced reader's electronic copy as part of my participation as a debut author in The Sweet Sixteens. My son has read a lot of books in the past few months, but you'll see that this one really captured his attention!


Poppy Mayberry, The Monday is one of the best books I've ever read. It has a perfect mix of romance, comedy, and suspense--all geared toward middle grade readers. The pl
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Wendy MacKnight
Mar 22, 2016 Wendy MacKnight rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-reads
I received an Advanced Reader's Copy of this book in return for an honest review, which I am happy to provide.

First of fall, I am a Monday, or I want to be one, so I SOOOO related to Poppy! Lousy at mastering her powers, struggling to get along at school, she is sent away for the summer to a special school where she will learn to control and manage her powers. Once there, she is forced to work in a team with her arch-nemesis, Ellie, who may not be as with-it as she pretends to be. But maybe, jus
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Jennifer
This book was so much fun! As soon as I started this story I knew my daughter (8 years old) would relate to Poppy, so we read the book together. Here are her thoughts:

Poppy Mayberry is a book where people have special powers depending on the day you were born. If you were bad at your power you were sent to Power Academy for the summer. Poppy was sent to Power Academy with her worst enemy, Ellie. My favorite parts of the book were whenever Poppy and Ellie had to work together for special challeng
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Erin
Jun 28, 2016 Erin rated it it was amazing
This sweet, adorable middle grade novel is a great read for all ages. In a town where the day you're born determines the magical gift you possess, Poppy's Monday gift of telekinesis isn't quite working out right. This down right funny novel is a must read for all book lovers. It's charming and hilarious and sweet all rolled into a tidy narrative. Well done, Jennie Brown.
Emily
Nov 22, 2015 Emily marked it as to-read
I have the pleasure of saying that this novel was written by my 9th grade English teacher, and she is amazing. I hope that everyone that gets the chance to read it enjoys it!
Lauren Hurst nelson
Jan 25, 2016 Lauren Hurst nelson rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading Poppy... let me tell you... So much fun to read! This story was so whimsical, it made me want be Poppy! And how adorable is Poppy's dog Pickle?!?! I loved everything about this novel and I can't wait for the sequels. :) My nieces and nephews are going to just LOVE this series!! When does the 2nd book come out???? :) :)
Jennifer Y.
Sep 15, 2016 Jennifer Y. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-reads, arcs
4 1/2 stars

*I received a digital ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review*

Poppy Mayberry, The Monday was a delightful read that left me wanting to read more of this charming little town and its residents.

In Nova, the day of the week you were born on determines what power you possess. In Poppy Mayberry’s case, she’s a Monday which means she is telekinetic…but she’s not quite mastered her power yet which leads to some humorous moments. It isn’t long until her worst nightmare comes true: s
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J. Ford
Aug 14, 2016 J. Ford rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, mg
I absolutely loved this book!!

It's about a girl who has "Monday" powers (if you were born Monday through Friday, you have special powers like telekinesis, or the ability to transport or read minds), but she hasn't quite learned how to develop it. To make matters worse, she has this girl at school that really, really dislikes her, and poor Poppy just can't seem to get a break when Ellie Preston is around. In fact, their dislike of each other winds them up in the Power Academy, a summer school fo
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S.A. Larsen
Apr 10, 2016 S.A. Larsen rated it it was amazing
The moment I heard about Poppy and the idea of her being a 'Monday' I knew I had to read this story. So obviously I love the premise - the idea that being born on certain days of the week gives you an inherited power is pretty sweet!

Poppy is an absolutely adorable main character. She's smart, a little snarky, but has plenty of insecurities because she hasn't exactly taken to being a Monday. She has a wonderful voice, which is sweet yet quietly insistent on being respected. At the opening of the
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Kathleen Burkinshaw
May 02, 2016 Kathleen Burkinshaw rated it it was amazing
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Erika Messer
Sep 20, 2016 Erika Messer rated it it was amazing
In Poppy Mayberry's world the day you were born on signifies what type of power you should have. For example Fridays could just disappear into thin air. Poppy is almost 11 years old and yet she still has not come into her powers ... making her think something is very wrong with her. Add to that the constant teasing from not only her classmates Ellie and Celia but also her own brother who came into his Wednesday power of teleportation exactly when he should have at 13 years old. Poppy has had ...more
Beth Baer
Nov 23, 2016 Beth Baer rated it it was amazing
What a great book for middle readers! As an adult I loved the true-to-life voices of Poppy and Ellie and the plot kept me very interested. A few reviews criticize the 'meanness' of the characters but guess what? Kids can be mean to each other and the important aspect is what they learn about each other and themselves. It is full of perspective-taking and appreciation which is a great awareness for this age-group to read about.
Pam K.
Sep 13, 2016 Pam K. rated it it was amazing
Poppy Mayberry was born in the town of Nova. Many years ago a meteor hit the town, causing everyone to have a special power according to what day they were born. Mondays have telekinesis, Tuesdays can teleport, and Thursdays can read minds, Every year children having problems with their ability are sent to a special summer school. This year Poppy and her classroom tormenter are sent to the academy together, teamed up with 2 boys, and given a special challenge.

This was a funny and cute story. Pe
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Debbie
Oct 17, 2016 Debbie rated it liked it
This first book in a new series will undoubtedly have mass appeal among young girls, but I hope boys don't overlook it as there are some great characters in Sam and Logan, too. There is an underlying mean-spiritness that comes across in this book, with several instances of students being mean to other students or saying rude things about others and showing disrespect to teachers and others in authority. With bullying being in the media spotlight, I feel some of the snarkiness should have been ...more
дДеса (MardyBum)
Oct 20, 2016 дДеса (MardyBum) rated it really liked it
This was so much fun.

I need the next one. Like, yesterday.

(I definitely need to be a Friday. And that's final.)
Sonya Mukherjee
Sep 29, 2016 Sonya Mukherjee rated it it was amazing
Such a fun book! Poppy Mayberry has a great, spunky voice and personality that help to make this sweet story all the more delightful. My tween read this ahead of me, and she said, "I really liked it because it has a good story and an interesting ending that surprised me. I recommend it to people who really like a good exciting book." I agree!
Laura Scott
Sep 10, 2016 Laura Scott rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-read
This was an enjoyable middle grade read. In the town of Nova those born on particular weekdays have a special power. As a Monday Poppy has the power of telekinesis, only she hasn't quite mastered control of it yet so things don't always move in the way she intended. She ends up a the Power Academy for summer school with her nemesis and a couple of new friends. They need to work together to solve a mystery so they can go home early.
I really liked a lot about the story. There was not a lot of worl
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Gina Schwartz
Sep 23, 2016 Gina Schwartz rated it really liked it
A very engaging children's novel. At first I wondered where the author was taking this "days of the week" thing but once I got it I was entranced. I loved Poppy and her quirkiness and the way she comes into her power is just great. Will try to get my kids to read this one.
Nicole Lee
Aug 04, 2016 Nicole Lee rated it liked it
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Leanne
Sep 13, 2016 Leanne rated it liked it
Shelves: junior-fiction
What could be worse than spending the summer at Power Academy, aka summer school? Having to spend it with your least favorite person that's what!

Overall, a good story that fans of magic and special powers would enjoy. I especially liked the character of Poppy Mayberry as she's very relatable and funny.
Kaitlin Warwick
Aug 30, 2016 Kaitlin Warwick rated it really liked it
I received this book as a free early reviewer copy in exchange for an honest review. Overall, this book was very cute. It felt a bit slow and had a couple of grammatical issues, but nothing too outrageous. I think my biggest criticism would be the world building, there were several aspects to understanding the powers and the setting that I was on the look out for and either didn't have answered or only had full clarification about a large way through the novel. However, I really liked that it's ...more
Jonah Lisa Dyer
Aug 12, 2016 Jonah Lisa Dyer rated it it was amazing
I received an Advanced Reader's Copy of this book in return for an honest review.

After chapter 1 I knew both my kids (ages 10 & 7) were going to flip for it, so we started it over as a family read-aloud. Huge hit! Great world (Magic Academy!), a fabulous spunky main character, and universal themes of teamwork and trust in yourself! Was an especially big hit with my 7yo who loves Harry Potter but isn't quite ready for the books. Then again, my 10 year old who has read them all multiple times,
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Jan farnworth
Sep 12, 2016 Jan farnworth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a sweet adorable middle grade novel that draws you with wonderful characters and delightful fun twist on having magic as part of your world. Nova is a unique town and Poppy is a lovable "monday" character that you will readily want to read about and enjoy with your children.

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