The Melting of Maggie Bean (Maggie Bean, #1)
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The Melting of Maggie Bean (Maggie Bean #1)

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  939 ratings  ·  101 reviews
For use in schools and libraries only. Although her family life is somewhat tense, Maggie tries to keep up her straight-A average, but everything changes when she gets a chance to join the synchronized swim team and be more than an awkward and pudgy bookworm.
Hardcover, 250 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Turtleback Books
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Lauren
Sad at first, but it's good. Not great, good.
Yinglin Chen
The Melting of Maggie Bean, is a book of hope and struggles of an overweight girl. Maggie Bean, is addicted to chocolate and eats chocolate everyday. She has a secret stash of chocolate bars hidden in her closet, and she buys chocolate everytime she gets her allowance.

When her father loses his job, things start to alter in the house. When the school's swimming team has two spots available, Maggie and her best friend Aimee, wants to try out for their schools swimming team, the Water Wings. Howev...more
Lilit
The Melting of Maggie Bean is a amazing story. This book is full of self control and determination. I chose this book because I like the author Tricia Rayburn. When Maggie's dad lost his job and does nothing during the day. Her mother always thinking about money, Maggie just focuses on her straight A's and chocolate. Aimee her friend encourages Maggie to try out for the swim team. Her and Aimee want to succeed with this goal, beacuse it was always Maggie's dream to become a Water Wing. Peter Ap...more
Jackie
Maggie is slightly overweight, mildly depressed, and a raging academic overachiever. Her best friend, Aimee, is trim and fit, exuberant, and close to failing. Somehow the two compliment each other, and have ever since kindergarten. Maggie's family life is heading towards disaster as her dad just lost his job and he is not motivated to change that situation. Her mother is at her wits end to stop the family's downwardly spiraling financial woes. Her mom cries constantly and is stressed out. But, t...more
Book Review Team
I am currently in the middle of The Melting Of Maggie Bean i think its a great book about someone who's slightly overweight and is ashamed of it. She overcomes the fear of trying out for the swim team by losing weight. Instead of stashing loads of candy in her room she simply throws it out. She sets a plan for her weight loss and by the end of the week she has lost about 4 pounds. She also plans for her family, especially for finding a job for her dad. This book deserves 5 stars- AJ
Chloe Wiccith
This book was awefull, and just plain painful to read.
Maggie was whiny, obnoxious, and unrelatable.
None of the characters had a strong personality, or stuck to teh general discription they were given.
The book was written poorly, they characters had un realistic motives, and it seemed as if Tricia Rayburn just didn't care about writing a well crafted story.

Don't waste your time...
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Jennifer Rummel for TeensReadToo.com

Maggie Bean is addicted to candy. She needs a few bags to get her through the pressures of the week. At her house, the tension adds up because her dad's been out of work for months and they're barely scraping by. Maggie's gained weight during this time - so much weight that it's embarrassing her family. And they've decided to take action.

Her parents force her to join a weight center with her aunt. Maggie can't believe the humiliation, but neither...more
Elly
250 Pages
Realistic Fiction
Tricia Rayburn
This book is about a young girl named Maggie Bean. With Maggie's dad losing his job and her happiness fading, Maggie started eating chocolate to help her feel better. Her dad noticed her weight gaining and made her go to a Pound Patrollers meeting with her aunt. When Maggie finds that her schools synchronized swimming team has open spots, she finds this her opportunity to show people that underneath her weight there's a funny and cool girl. Will she show...more
Shelley
More like three and a half stars.

Maggie has gained over thirty pounds in the past year. And with those pounds her confidence has dropped to nearly nothing. She thinks she's not good enough to even talk to her crush, or to do anything other than excel at academics. She finds solice in her secret stash of chocolate she hides under her bed. But when an oppotunity to join the Water Wings, her schools synchronized swim team, comes up, she can't ignore the little spark of hope that develops inside of...more
Camilla Monsen
A overweight girl named Maggie Bean has a problem of eating too much. With her biggest crush Peter Apple now single and tryouts for the schools synchronizing now open, throwing her candy out in the trash, and exercising like mad why hasn’t she lost any weight? And It can’t be easy when her dad lost his job and money is tight around the house. Plus having her embarrassing Aunt drive her to her ‘Pound Patrollers’ meetings where over-weight kids and adults come together to talk about how many Snick...more
Carter
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Karen Ball
Maggie's dad lost his job and has become a professional couch potato. Her mom is more and more worried about money, and Maggie focuses on keeping her straight A average and eating chocolate. Maggie's weight has become more of an issue than she's willing to admit, and when she has the opportunity to try out for the synchronized swim team, she decides to work hard on losing weight and making the team -- and maybe learning to believe in herself again. Maggie also hopes that maybe Peter (her crush)...more
Joanna
I enjoyed reading The Melting of Maggie Bean. It is about a girl named Maggie who is overweight and she always avoid mirrors so she wouldn't have to look at herself or what she had become. She's kind of a 'choco-holic', she's like addicted to it... However, she struggles to kick her bad habit and is determined to lose weight so that she would not be so embarassed to appear in a swim suit when the try outs for the water wings approaches. Her family is not exactly rich either and she wants to help...more
Alexa
This book is really good!It has some sadness to it, some comedy and it can and does happen to people in reality. I hope you guys read this GREAT book and enjoy as much as I did!

- <3 Alexa -_-
Jandkplus8fan1
I really liked this book. It is about this girl named Maggie Bean and she has a weight problem. Her aunt takes her to a " Pound Patrollers" meeting and she ends up meeting a boy, and she really likes him. It is basically a book about don't be anyone but yourself. Love who you are and let no one change you. I wasn't going to read it, but I bought it at a book fair, and I really loved it! I would definately recommend this book! I didn't put this my book talk sheet, but I will be talking about it,...more
Denise
A book about teenagers, for teenagers. Maggie is smart and funny and very overweight. Enter all the typical problems (picked last in P.E., laughed at by the popular girls, problems at home) and you have an ordinary teen novel. It's a fast, easy read, and Maggie is a likable character, as are a few other people in the book. This novel won't change the world, but it might give encouragement to young girls out there struggling with any kind of problem, weight or otherwise, and I can guarantee any f...more
Yeun
I really had a great time reading this book. The plot was great and realistic and it makes you feel like you are in that person's place, doing the actions that they are doing and also become emotional when they are emotional. In the book, Maggie struggles her eating habits and her other life complications. She fights and fights, deciding whether to give up or not. This book really tells it all.

I recommend this book to anyone that likes to read realistic novels and/or people who just like to re...more
Emily :3
This is a book about an obese girl named Maggie Bean. Maggie is your typical nerd. Strait A student, has only 1 friend, but there is one problem... Maggie is extremly over weight.... Even though she doesn't realize that stashing 6 different assorted bags full of individually wrapped Twix, Snickers, Hershey kisses, Twizzlers, and reece's peanut butter cups is bad for you. But when she finds out that the ULTRA COOL water wings club has 2 spots open, Maggie realizes it's time for her to get into sh...more
Anna V
i liked this book because it was interseting reading what maggie though of the popular people and even though she want to loose weight she keeps spending her hole allowance on candy. i think it would be hard trying to do something like that, and even though she thinks she is so fat and ugley she isnt because by the way everyone talkes to her i think she overexagerates about how she looks. i gave this book a 5 because it deals with real life troubles and it is a lot like the life in jr.high.
Kelly☆
This book talks about how Maggie Bean survies her grade 7 year. She has tryied out for Water wings and is trying to follow her mother steps. But when her dad loses his job things get even worst. And the best thing to do now is eat lost and lost of chocolate. And exercise.

I chosed this book because I wanted to read a good teen book.

I finished this book because I wanted to know the ending of this story.

I recomend this book to my friend Kody because She loves to read these king of books.
Ronni
I enjoyed The Melting of Maggie Bean. Maggie is a believable and lovable character, and she has wonderful, supportive friends. She has to deal with a lot, and she handles herself with class throughout most of the book, even when she is gorging herself on candy at night.

Unfortunately, I felt that the ending was vague and confusing which knocked a couple of stars off for me... I felt as though the ends could have been tied up a bit more sharply.
StorySnoops
This first book in the Maggie Bean series is an excellent story about positive body image and making healthy changes for an overall healthy life. Maggie is in seventh grade and tips the scales at 186. Comfort eating has taken its toll and she is bigger than she ever imagined she would be. Her family tries to help and enrolls her in Pound Patrollers... (click for full review http://www.storysnoops.com/detail.php...)
Chloe
This is a great book! My friend, Kayla, reccomended it to me, and its funny, because I love this book, so far, but another book she reccomended to me was VERY boring...

Anyway, now that I am done with this book I can say that I loved it, however, I STRONGLY DISLIKED the ending! That's why I gave this book 4, instead of 5 starts. I amm going to the library to find another Maggie Bean book, like Maggie Bean Stays Afloat.
Ruth
The library definitely made a mistake in sticking this book in the young adult section, it is much more of a tween book. Even though on the cover it advertises the main character as going into her first year of high school, in actuality she was only in seventh grade. Also the style of writing was less than professional, barely interesting enough to keep me turning the page.
Gabi
This book was really great in terms of facing your battles and here Maggie shows set determination to do so. She's not perfect, but she's an awesome girl and tries her hardest to be the best she can be. (A nice break and change in character than the typical YA character) This book is sweet and inspiring...I would recommend for anyone who enjoys a down-to-earth read.
Callie
Jun 02, 2009 Callie rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teenage girls, especially overweight ones
I felt so sorry for Maggie in this book! It was very cute, funny, and descriptive though. The only thing I would've changed is have it in first person from Maggie's point of view. It sounds kinda weird as 3rd person limited. "Maggie looked down at her flabby rolls" sounds kinda mean, and if I were maggie, i'd ask the narrator "are you calling me obese?"
Morgan Lemke
Maggie is an over weight teenager and doesnt feel pretty and has a low self estem. She later on figures out that there are tryouts for the school's swim teams and wants to try out but doesnt want the whole school to see her in a bathing suit. her parents get maggie's aunt to bring her to a weight watchers club and maggie starts loosing weight
Sinthia
This is a great book for middleschoolers. It sheds light on the struggle of losing weight, or the pressure to be perfect, or at least good enough to join the schools swim team in Maggie's case. Readers who have ever struggled with weight or image will immediately be able to connect with Maggie, and hope she gets works hard for in the end.
Kimberly S.
This was a very interesting book about a girl named Maggie who has many goals at which one is to loose weight and rock at the Water Wings tryouts. I would recommend this book to someone who has many goals they try to accomplish. This was a very realistic read it could be a true story. Overall this was a decent book.
JD
i thought this book was amazing this book is about self issues i love the authur i think everybody in the whole world should read it. this book is about this girl named maggie bean and she has a deseise that makes her be fat but the dieses is not real. i loved the ending she kept on gaining and losing weight
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Tricia Rayburn lives on eastern Long island with her fiancé and crazy shih tzu. She tries to eat vegetables instead of candy but, in her weaker moments, loves Reese's Pieces. The Melting of Maggie Bean is her first novel.
More about Tricia Rayburn...
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