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

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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

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Paperback, 352 pages
Published May 23rd 2006 by Aladdin (first published August 30th 2005)
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Amanda
May 20, 2012 Amanda rated it it was amazing
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
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Kendra
Oct 13, 2014 Kendra rated it it was amazing
WARNING: POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD

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
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Ronda
Feb 20, 2009 Ronda rated it really liked it
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
Ryan
Jan 27, 2010 Ryan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Ellen
Jun 24, 2012 Ellen rated it really liked it
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)
Kogiopsis
Feb 16, 2016 Kogiopsis rated it liked it
This book has been on my to-read list for so long that I've forgotten why it was there, but that's alright: it turned out to be charmingly creepy, and not nearly as juvenile as I'd expected.

In a lot of ways, this is similar to Catherine Valente's The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, in that both are stories about young girls sucked into dangerous magical realms. May Bird finds herself in the afterlife, which has its own complicated social structure and politics, b
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Sandy
Dec 29, 2008 Sandy rated it liked it
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 liked it
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
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Anna Moseley
Jun 13, 2015 Anna Moseley rated it it was amazing
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
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Karla
Apr 01, 2008 Karla rated it really liked it
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
Sarai
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
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Kailey
Apr 01, 2016 Kailey rated it liked it
Shelves: owned-books
In this book May Bird is whisked off to the land of the dead, called Ever After, and adventures her way across the land, searching for a way home. She makes some ghostly friends, and some enemies, in her quest to find the Book of the Dead which holds the answers to every question.

The writing is excellent, and there are many good characters. I just don't like ghost stories. All the Halloween-style world building was not to my taste, but I think other people would enjoy that kind of setting.

The st
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Becky
Apr 03, 2009 Becky rated it liked it
Shelves: read-alouds
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
Colin W
May 18, 2016 Colin W rated it really liked it
May Bird and the Ever After is a good book which is written by Jodi Lynn Anderson. May Bird is the main character. She lives in a desolate town called Briery Swamp. The only residents of Briery Swamp are May, Mrs. Bird, and Somber Kitty her cat. One evening May Bird is sucked into a portal which takes her to the Ever After where she must save her friends, some of which are Pumpkin, Captain Fabbio, and Beatrice. Her friends are all ghosts who live in the Ever After. May Bird and the Ever After wa ...more
Jobe Lashley
Dec 02, 2015 Jobe Lashley rated it it was amazing
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Meet 10-year-old May Bird, who lives with her mother and a hairless 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. 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 boarding school in New York. Even though May Bird has reason to be scared now that she's start ...more
Emily Ross
Oct 30, 2014 Emily Ross rated it really liked it
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Katie Langford
Feb 11, 2014 Katie Langford rated it really liked it
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
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pietastic
Apr 26, 2015 pietastic rated it liked it
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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Samantha
Jul 15, 2015 Samantha rated it it was ok
Part of the 2015 Reading Challenge: A book by an author you've never read before

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
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Serena
I felt some empathy for May Bird, and her life, but what really drew me into this book was curiosity about the Ever After and ghosts and everything that goes along with it, which was fascinating.

I also have to admit, I dearly loved Somber Kitty (even if not especially in those moments early in the book when he seems to merely frustrate and exasperate May herself with his loyalty and affection) and I loved that we got to follow pieces of his adventure along with May's. The narrow escape and high
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Caitlyn
Jul 19, 2014 Caitlyn rated it it was amazing
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.
Emily
Nov 19, 2015 Emily rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I just saw this book on my bookshelf and realized I had to write a review for it, even if it has been years.

This, ladies and gentlemen, was my first book to read and own. (Other than my Winnie the Pooh books from when I was a toddler). I was 7 years old whenever I first read this, and this book made me fall in love with reading. I re-read it 6 years later and still loved it. I would love to personally thank Jodi Lynn Anderson for opening me to the world of books I now live in. This is still one
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Crystal
Feb 16, 2009 Crystal rated it really liked it
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.
Mckenna
Apr 13, 2009 Mckenna rated it really liked it
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
Mar 15, 2012 Samantha Appelbaum rated it really liked it
VERY GOOD! i had to read it for a book club during school (bleh!) but ended up LOVING IT!!! READ
Christa
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
Andrea Gordon
Mar 23, 2016 Andrea Gordon rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
May Bird lives with her mother in the deserted town of Briery Swamp. Her only friend is a hairless cat named Somber Kitty. Mrs. Bird is convinced that the best thing for May would be to send her to Saint Agatha 19s Boarding School for Girls with High Socks in New York City. May isn 19t so sure that this would be the best thing.

May doesn 19t really intend to run away. She is inexplicably drawn to the woods and the lake in it. She bends over to see if she can determine the source of light that ap
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Zohar - ManOfLaBook.com
Jul 11, 2014 Zohar - ManOfLaBook.com rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
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
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Keisha Keenleyside
Feb 15, 2014 Keisha Keenleyside rated it it was amazing
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
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Haley
Mar 23, 2009 Haley rated it really liked it
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
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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.
Sincerely,
Ms. H. Kari Kagaki
T. E. A. Travel”
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