The Key to the Golden Firebird
The funny thing about stop signs is that they're also start signs.
Mayzie is the brainy middle sister, Brooks is the beautiful but conflicted oldest, and Palmer's the quirky baby of the family. In spite of their differences, the Gold sisters have always been close.
When their father dies, everything begins to fall apart. Level–headed May is left to fend for herself (and...more
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Maureen's novels are funny because she only has one protagonist. Her main girl is always introspective, too-goody-goody-for-her-own-good, but kind of cool anyway. Quiet, but has her noisy moments. Thinks too much. Is too responsible and finds her resolution by letting go and being wild.
It's all the same girl. The reason I don't mind so much is be...more
maybe there was a bit of projective identification going on as well - two of my sisters play softball (one with complete passion, one more just because) and i'm t...more
The main protagonist of The Golden Firebird is May, the responsible middle sister. She and her sisters appear to have been close until the death of their father, as the book opens with the three playing a practical joke...more
it is about a girl named Mayzie (aka May) and her father dies from bad health. May's family is a huge fan of baseball, especially her dad. in the story, her family struggles with getting over the death, trying to get good grades, making some money and May deals with a little romance when her close friend and neighbor gives her driving lessons.
i loved this book because it brought so many emotions to me and it sometimes made my heart skip a beat. i couldn't put the book down....more
Summary: After their father’s heart attack, their mom starts working overtime and it’s up to the three Gold sisters—May, Palmer, and Brooks—to pull through it on their own.
Review: This story is about how grief can turn you into a zombie. And Johnson’s humor was the perfect way to temper the heavy topic.
Although I’m not usually a fan of alternating points of view, it worked for me in this story because a common grief united the three girls.
The Gold sisters lost their father a year ago, but no one is really over it yet. Brooks, the oldest sister, takes the key off the key holder, breaks the magikal boundary around the car,(the Golden...more
Mayzie's world falls apart when her father dies. Brooks starts hanging out with a bad crowd, drinking and quitting the softball team that would have guaranteed her a college scholarship. Palmer starts having panic attacks in the middle of the night. Mayzie is the center...more
Ever since her father’s death, everything in...more
Brooks, May and Palmer are sisters, the beginning ofThe Key to the Golden Firebirdshows us the type of relationship they have as they tag team Pete in order to prank him and get him back for pranks he ha carried out on May. They are happy and carefree until they go home to discover their father has died of a heart attack. A...more
May, Brooks and Palmer come home one day to find an ambulance at their house. The unthinkable has happened - their father has died suddenly of a heart attack as he was pulling into the garage in his beloved Firebird. The story next picks up about a year later and the girls are all a mess trying to deal with their pain. Palmer suffers f...more
May, Palmer and Brooks, from the beginning, seem to have very different personalities and deal with their father’s death in very different ways which makes them more individual to the reader, distinguishin...more
The Key to the golden Firebird by Maureen Johnson tells a wonderful and well common story that a younger generation could experience at some point in life. It focuses on three sisters, Mayzie, Brooks, Palmer and their father. The three young girls lose the most important person in their life and have to live life without their amazing father together, united as one. This book has some tragic events but as my grandmother always told me “in order to...more
There’s a recurring trend in a lot of YA right now—mostly in the paranormal camp, but it crops in realistic YA frequently—to kill off one or both of the main character’s...more
I've been looking forward to reading one of Maureen Johnson since I started following her on Twitter, greatly enjoying reading her hilarious tweets. To my delight, I found that she has brought her humor into her writing, tempered tastefully by the drama of the scenario and the emotions of the main cast as they struggle to deal with their grief over their father's death. The girls' connection with their deceased father grows more apparent as the boo...more
A year later, things have not improved much in the Gold household. Their...more
But to my surprise, I actually really enjoyed this book. The sto...more
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Many of the adventures Maureen's characters face in her books are based on real-life stories. Maureen has traveled all over Europe, and is a Secret Sister to vlog brothers Han...more