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The Melting of Maggie Bean (Maggie Bean #1)

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  1,165 Ratings  ·  114 Reviews
Maggie Bean is a top student, a loyal friend, and has a great sense of humor. But the past year's been kind of rough, what with her dad losing his job and her loads of schoolwork. Maggie's learned to cope by eating chocolate. Lots and lots of chocolate. So much so, that Maggie is dragged by her aunt to weekly Pound Patrollers meetings. No big deal, just utter social devast ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published April 24th 2007 by Aladdin (first published April 1st 2007)
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Melissa Delatorre
Jan 29, 2015 Melissa Delatorre rated it really liked it
Do you like to read books that tell a person life story? If you do then this is the perfect book for you. The genre of this book is realistic fiction because this could happen to anybody. This book is amazing how a 12 year old reaches her dream of losing weight.

This book is about a 12-year-old girl named Maggie who is really fat but very smart who wants to lose weight some how. Also help her dad find a job but every single day she buys a big bag of candies and also when trying to find her dad a
Chloe Wiccith
Jan 23, 2009 Chloe Wiccith rated it did not like it
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...
May 26, 2011 Lauren rated it liked it
Sad at first, but it's good. Not great, good.
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
Yinglin Chen
Apr 06, 2012 Yinglin Chen rated it really liked it
Shelves: freshman-year
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
Jan 22, 2012 Lilit rated it really liked it
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
Book Review Team
Jan 31, 2008 Book Review Team rated it it was amazing
Shelves: realistic
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
Feb 27, 2017 Anna rated it did not like it
This book is about a girl who is overweight. She is shy and gets embarrassed easily. Maggie is also not at all athletic. She decides she wants to join water wings, a competitive swim team. She practices really hard.

I did not like this book. Nothing went Maggie's way! Her parents are fighting, the dad lost his job, she's overweight, and her best friend makes water wings along with two other girls when Maggie was obviously meant for the team. Maggie is always being put down by others or herself.
Jan 07, 2015 Molly rated it really liked it
The Melting of Maggie Bean was super good!! It was about a girl, Maggie Bean, who weights 186 pounds at 12 years old. She really likes this guy, Peter, and wants to be on the uber-popular swim team, The Water Wings. Her best friend Aimee keeps trying to tell her that she is perfect, but she won't listen. She has such a small amount of confidence, and needs to learn to build it up.

This book was really good. I loved that she made it realistic. It wasn't like 'Maggie stopped eating, exercised cons
Jennifer Wardrip
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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
Mar 27, 2016 Anya rated it really liked it
When I was in the 6th grade, I would read massive quantities of books --usually a book a day. I had the time and the imagination, and therefore was always reading something new.

Because of this, I hardly remember any of the books I read!

However, there was something about this book that resonated with me, and that was the story.

I remember this book because, as a fat sixth grader myself, Maggie and her struggles were relatable and her story of perseverance and determination were amazing!

This bo
Jul 07, 2010 Shelley rated it really liked it
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
Apr 01, 2013 Elly rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 14, 2009 Carter rated it really liked it
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Camilla Monsen
Oct 07, 2011 Camilla Monsen rated it really liked it
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
Apr 12, 2008 Joanna rated it liked it
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
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
Dec 11, 2008 Jandkplus8fan1 rated it it was amazing
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
Megan Vasek
Oct 18, 2015 Megan Vasek rated it really liked it
I thought that The Melting of Maggie Bean was pretty good. I really liked it, because I thought it was realistic and could definitely happen in someone's life. Also it was cool that to main character was my age; a seventh grader.

There was a certain point in the book where Maggie had three choices. She could join the regular swim team, join the water wings team, or not do either. I think it would have been cool if she did water wings, because she worked really hard to get on the team, but it's
Emily :3
Feb 19, 2009 Emily :3 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 02, 2009 Denise rated it liked it
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
Dec 08, 2009 Yeun rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 06, 2011 StorySnoops rated it liked it
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
May 23, 2008 Ronni rated it liked it
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.
Anna V
Mar 10, 2010 Anna V added it
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.
Jun 24, 2009 Chloe rated it really liked it
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.
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.
Kimberly S.
Mar 04, 2010 Kimberly S. rated it really liked it
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.
Nov 09, 2008 Callie rated it liked it
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?"
Dec 30, 2011 Gabi rated it really liked it
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.
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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.
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