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May Bird and the Ever After (May Bird #1)

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  5,157 ratings  ·  411 reviews
Most people aren't very comfortable in the woods, but the woods of Briery Swamp fit May Bird like a fuzzy mitten. There, she is safe from school and the taunts and teases of kids who don't understand her. Hidden in the trees, May is a warrior princess, and her cat, Somber Kitty, is her brave guardian.

Then May falls into the lake.

When she crawls out, May finds herself i

Paperback, 352 pages
Published May 23rd 2006 by Aladdin (first published August 30th 2005)
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May Bird and the Ever After, the first book in the Ever After trilogy, tells the tale of a 10-year-old girl named May, her kitty named Somber Cat and the horrifying adventures they have in Ever After, the world of the dead.

This was a truly fantastic tale of adventure and friendship. I've read many children's books and May Bird and the Ever After is most definitely one of the most imaginative books I have read. The author created an entirely unique and amazing world, one that was both fascinatin

May Bird and the Ever After is one of the greatest books I've ever read. I'll try not to let my personal bias get in the way in this review, but I just want to say that this--and the rest of the trilogy--was one of the most inspirational and impactful books I've ever read in my entire life.

May Bird is a 5th grade girl, and like most protagonists, is disliked by everyone at school. The only one she can really call her friend is her cat, Somber Kitty, who is--of c
Meet 10-year-old May Bird, who lives with her mother and a hairless rex cat named Somber Kitty at the edge of a woods in a place called Briery Swamp. She spends much of her time with her cat in the woods, dreaming of being a warrior princess or in her room drawing pictures of strange creatures. She's not like the other kids in her class, who think she's just plain weird. May Bird's mother, concerned and coming to her wits' end with May's "strange" behavior, is talking about sending her away to a ...more
t took me awhile to get into the book. The beginning was fairly predictable; May is awkward and isolated, creepy things happen, she falls into the Ever After. What keeps the setup from being too generic, given the popularity of kid-in-magical-world books, is that after May starts seeing ghosts, it’s really creepy. Even Pumpkin, the kind of dumb but well meaning house ghost who befriends her, is scary when he’s first introduced, and he’s got nothing on the ghost who she’s forced to share a shower ...more
Two stars looks like an awfully disappointed assessment, but take the rating for what it represents: "It was OK."

After an Alice in Wonderland-ish tumble through a watery portal, May Bird finds herself in the Ever After, a macabre world populated by ghosts and specters (the former never lived, the latter did, or maybe vice-versa). While trying to discover a way home to her mother, May learns that the ghost world is suffering under the tyrannical fist of a particularly bad bogey whose edicts and m
Jun 24, 2012 Ellen rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: i-own
3.5. It was cute. :) Wait- am I allowed to call creepy books cute? It was spooky, but in a good way. Really fun. (Plus, the main character's name is May ELLEN Bird. Enough said. XD)
Dec 29, 2008 Sandy rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Sandy by: Patron
After getting a request for this book from a kid who has proven to have excellent taste (she's a regular at the library, and we've done a lot of book talking!), I finally picked up May Bird and the Ever After by Jodi Lynn Anderson. I was kind of impressed with the book. May is a friendless 10-year-old girl who has a vivid imagination...and the threat of being sent to boarding school looming over her shoulder. One day while walking in the woods near her home, she falls into a lake and is sucked i ...more
Taejas Kudva
Jul 05, 2009 Taejas Kudva rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: kids, girls especially, into fantasy adventure
Recommended to Taejas by: Madison Parks
Shelves: kids-books
The second Pirates of the Caribbean movie annoyed the heck out of me because it and the third should have just been one movie. Well, and I didn't realize it was going to be a cliffhanger ending.

The first May Bird bok falls into the same category. Now, it didn't leave me with a tremendous headache like the second Pirates movie did, but the book didn't finish so much as it ended. It seemed like the end of a chapter, not the end of a story, and it is very possible to have great episodic books where
Anna Moseley
This book is fantastic! I could relate to May wonderfully. I have a morbid streak and have grown up in the woods all my life. Like May I've had my ups and downs when it comes to fitting in. I think a lot of people can relate to that, especially those who are apart of the book's target age group.

Ok, so it has ghosts and trees and a relatable heroine. So far so good. What else made me love this book? The writing style hands down. The writing style was really on par with the target audience. I nev
Apr 01, 2008 Karla rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: kids and kids at heart
Shelves: childrens
Hmmmmm...took me a while to get into it. But now I can't wait to read the next one. Reminds me of The Wizard of Oz. May Bird and her cat Somber Kitty (as opposed to Toto the dog) get trapped in a fantastic world, the world of the dead, where she makes lots of oddball friends as she tries to get back home to her mother. This story is quirky and funny in places, but also a scary...of course, so was the Wicked Witch of the West - here it is the Bogeyman, who hunts May down with dogs instead of flyi ...more
May Bird falls into the Ever After with Pumpkin (and her cat Somber Kitty, though she thinks he has gone back home) and must travel among spectres and spirits who are terrified of the living in order to find her way back home, and maybe help a few dead people along the way.

Amazon has reviews that list this book for Grades 5-8, Grades 4-7, and ages 9-12. It is the first in a series, and for the most part I found it interesting. I was distracted by the fact that May Bird and Somber Kitty were sepa
I read this for 5th grade Battle of the Books and wrote 25 questions for it. Considering that I don't really like high fantasy (which most of this is other than a brief introduction to May Bird before she tumbles into The Ever After), I must say I was intrigued with this book. It was certainly original and fast-paced with marvelously described characters both living and dead...not to mention Somber Kitty! I can see why my 5th grade girls like it (I'll try to get them to read Theodosia and the Se ...more
Emily Ross
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Katie Langford
My grandmother gave me this book when I was younger. I just picked it up for a re-read. I once decided this would be a series I want to save for my own children, if I ever had any. Time passed as time will do, and I read this book much more conscious and aware than I ever had been. It's the first time my current "self" picked up this book. My decision to pass this series along still stands.

May Bird is fantastically written. I love how you really feel you're navigating the environment, witnessing
Possibly 4 stars, still deciding. I like it. I think. But it's hard to be sure because it's one of those books without an ending. You know, this thing where the first book in a series or trilogy cannot stand on its own because it only covers the first leg of a journey. I've decided I'm not a fan of that. Though it does at least, resolve one element that I was beginning to worry wouldn't happen in this book.

But putting that aside, it took some common tropes and gave them new twists. Girl finds ma
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This is one of those books where it's good enough that you finish it, but not good enough to pick up the rest of the series (and neither do I plan on keeping my copy of this book).

The premise of the story is an interesting one, with a young girl accidentally finding herself in the afterlife (or Ever After, as it's called in this book) while still very much alive. While the Ever After seems like a depressing place to
My favorite series as a child. I wasn't a little girl that fantasizes about ponies and rainbows, I enjoyed the dark stuff. This was perfectly dark enough for the age I was, and fulfilled my wishes of a dark, but beautiful other world. Plus, May was pretty relatable.
I was excited to find a book that I was able to enjoy with my daughter. We read a couple chapters every night and quickly went on to finish "May Bird Among the Stars". Can't wait for the last one to be in paperback.
A young outsider, May Bird is dragged into the underworld- no place for mortals, but with the help of her hairless cat, somber kitty, and an unexpected friend, can she get back home?
Samantha Appelbaum
VERY GOOD! i had to read it for a book club during school (bleh!) but ended up LOVING IT!!! READ
Lonely and shy, ten-year-old May Ellen Bird has no idea what awaits her when she falls into the lake and enters The Ever After, home of ghosts and the Bogey Man. Another book that reminds me of the Goosebumps series. Not for the faint at heart or bedtime reading. Children will need to be open minded on this one. Unlike Coraline, Anderson sets up an unsettling, nightmarish tone with offbeat energy in the beginning, but uses humor to ease the tension in later chapters. The plot is purposefully con ...more
Zohar -
May Bird and the Ever After by Jodi Lynn Anderson is a fictional book targeted at young adults and young at heart. This is the first of a series starring the young lady May Bird.

May Bird is a skinny loner who aren’t too comfortable ins school, but very comfortable in the woods near her home of Briery Swamp with her cat / guardian, Somber Kitty.

One day May Bird ventures further than she’s ever been and falls into the lake. As she crawls out she finds herself in the after world with ghouls, ghosts
Keisha Keenleyside
May Bird and the Ever After is a trilogy about a ten year old girl who one night gets dragged into an enchanted lake and wakes up in Ever After, a place of the dead and a place of danger. A place she ought not to be with the ever present bogeyman hunting for 'Live Ones.'
Befriending a spirit named Pumpkin who had saved her from becoming really dead, she sets off to find the book of the dead, a book that can give her the answer to getting home.

May stats out as a low self esteemed child who has on
May Bird lives alone with her mother and her cat, Somber Kitty, on the edge of a wooded swamp in West Virginia. She loves to draw and make believe, and desperately wants to fit in at school but can't seem to figure out how. Most people aren't very comfortable in the woods, but Briery Swamp fits May Bird like a mitten. There, she is safe from school and the taunts and teasing of kids who don't understand her. Hidden in the trees, May is a warrior princess, and her cat is her brave guardian. Until ...more
When I was a kid, I wasn’t into series of books. I don’t know if there just weren’t as many published, if I skipped over the Young Adult section, or if my reading interests just led me elsewhere. My niece Rebecca, who has recently garnered an email address, has long been one of the young people in my life whose reading I watch and follow. A few weeks ago in an email where I asked about her babysitting availability, I also asked - as I do at every opportunity - what she was reading. Then I reserv ...more
Drena C
In this book I thought that it was really good, and it had a lot of details. It first stared out with Ally, and her cat. They where really close friends with each other. Until one day they woke up and they were in a forest surrounded by ugly animals looking at them like crazy. But everyone thought that they looked alike in may ways and some said that they looked different from each other.

The same thing about them is that they both have hair on there body,they both live together in the same hou
Kristine Lopez
OKAY! so it took me almost a week, or was it already a week, to finish this book...don't get it wrong. The book isn't the problem... IT'S THE SCHOOL WORKS!!!

SO... about the story... It's about a ten-year-old girl who doesn't have any confidence in herself especially if she is surrounded by people. She is more confident if she's alone. Then she read a letter saying: blah blah blah. risk your life . save me . i'm more powerful than you are, I need HELP
That isn't really what it said but that's wha
This is a story about May Bird a ten year old girl with no friends but her gangly cat named Somber Kitty. After receiving an impossible letter from many years past and addressed to her, she embarks in a journey to the Ever After. Only it might have not been by choice that she ended there and now she is in grave danger. Will she make it back home or is she stuck in the Ever After forever.

This was a good tale about May Bird’s journey in the Ever After and we get presented with a few characters th
Tom Franklin
May Bird is a misfit girl in a small West Virginia town. When she stumbles into another world, the Ever After, she is (unknowingly) followed by her cat, Somber Kitty. The two have parallel adventures, navigating their way through Ever After, as May tries to find a way out of the land of the dead and back to the land of the living.

I liked the book, but I wasn't crazy about it. For me, there wasn't anything all that stand-out-ish about it (other than Somber Kitty). Personal preferences, I suppose.
Linda Johnson
Apr 10, 2013 Linda Johnson rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes adventure stories.
Recommended to Linda by: Many Woodlands Prep School students
This book is checked out on a regular basis from the school library, so I have had it on my list for some time now. When I first began the book, I really didn't know what to expect and was a little bit surprised as my first impression made me feel as though I was reading a Tim Burton screenplay. I could just picture May Bird as the main character in one of Tim Burton's gothic horror movies wrapped in a blanket of humor! (To be sure, Tim Burton is not one of my favorite producers.)

So, in the firs
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I write books about vaguely magical peach orchards, resorts in the afterlife, enigmatic island princesses beloved by Tinkerbell, and...civics! I was an awkward and strange child who kept lots of secrets. Now I live with a sweet Basenji dog named Peanut who loves to eat shoes, and a sweet husband who is good at all the things I'm bad at, like being organized and thinking things through. I've loved ...more
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“Dear Miss Bird,
The Lady of North Farm had asked us to send you this map to Briery Swamp Lake, just in case. She thought you might be having trouble finding it on your own, and she is expecting you to be prompt. We are very sorry for the danger you will endure, but we eagerly await your arrival should you survive it, as we are in great need of your help. The Lady joins me in sending you good luck and best wishes.
Ms. H. Kari Kagaki
T. E. A. Travel”
“But I don't want to lose my guts answered Pumpkin ” 6 likes
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