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Poppy Mayberry, The Monday

(Nova Kids #1)

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  169 ratings  ·  49 reviews
What if your teacher could read your mind just because she was born on a Thursday? Or the kid next to you in class could turn back the clock just because he was a 'Wednesday''? In the quirky town of Nova, all of this is normal, but one thing is not---Poppy Mayberry. As an almost-eleven-year-old Monday, she should be able to pass notes in class or brush her dog, Pickle, wit ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published September 13th 2016 by Tantrum Books
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chloe ♡
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received a review copy from Chapter by Chapter in exchange for an honest review.

This is such a cute little story! I haven't read middle-grade books in so long and this is one of the best I've ever read.

I really like the whole "weekday powers" thing. The day of the week you're born on determines what powers you have, and that is so cool, really. I was born on a Friday, meaning if I was a resident of Nova, I would be able to disappear! (Who needs the invisibility cloak when you can make yourself
Wendy MacKnight
Jan 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-reads
I received an Advanced Reader's Copy of this book in return for an honest review, which I am happy to provide.

First of fall, I am a Monday, or I want to be one, so I SOOOO related to Poppy! Lousy at mastering her powers, struggling to get along at school, she is sent away for the summer to a special school where she will learn to control and manage her powers. Once there, she is forced to work in a team with her arch-nemesis, Ellie, who may not be as with-it as she pretends to be. But maybe, jus
This book was so much fun! As soon as I started this story I knew my daughter (8 years old) would relate to Poppy, so we read the book together. Here are her thoughts:

Poppy Mayberry is a book where people have special powers depending on the day you were born. If you were bad at your power you were sent to Power Academy for the summer. Poppy was sent to Power Academy with her worst enemy, Ellie. My favorite parts of the book were whenever Poppy and Ellie had to work together for special challeng
Jun 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This sweet, adorable middle grade novel is a great read for all ages. In a town where the day you're born determines the magical gift you possess, Poppy's Monday gift of telekinesis isn't quite working out right. This down right funny novel is a must read for all book lovers. It's charming and hilarious and sweet all rolled into a tidy narrative. Well done, Jennie Brown. ...more
Jennifer Y.
Sep 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-reads
4 1/2 stars

*I received a digital ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review*

Poppy Mayberry, The Monday was a delightful read that left me wanting to read more of this charming little town and its residents.

In Nova, the day of the week you were born on determines what power you possess. In Poppy Mayberry’s case, she’s a Monday which means she is telekinetic…but she’s not quite mastered her power yet which leads to some humorous moments. It isn’t long until her worst nightmare comes true: s
Nov 22, 2015 marked it as to-read
I have the pleasure of saying that this novel was written by my 9th grade English teacher, and she is amazing. I hope that everyone that gets the chance to read it enjoys it!
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'll be honest, I was drawn to the artwork for this book. The story intrigued me, and I decided to give it a chance. It is aimed at the 9 and above age group. It is a magical fantasy story.

Poppy Mayberry isn't your average school student, but neither are the other residents of the town of Nova. After a few little mistakes, she finds herself in the headmaster's office and shipped off to summer school. Could it get any worse? Ow Yes! The girl she doesn't get along with will be joining her and the
Erika Messer
Sep 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
In Poppy Mayberry's world the day you were born on signifies what type of power you should have. For example Fridays could just disappear into thin air. Poppy is almost 11 years old and yet she still has not come into her powers ... making her think something is very wrong with her. Add to that the constant teasing from not only her classmates Ellie and Celia but also her own brother who came into his Wednesday power of teleportation exactly when he should have at 13 years old. Poppy has had sev ...more
S.A. Larsen
Mar 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The moment I heard about Poppy and the idea of her being a 'Monday' I knew I had to read this story. So obviously I love the premise - the idea that being born on certain days of the week gives you an inherited power is pretty sweet!

Poppy is an absolutely adorable main character. She's smart, a little snarky, but has plenty of insecurities because she hasn't exactly taken to being a Monday. She has a wonderful voice, which is sweet yet quietly insistent on being respected. At the opening of the
Kathleen Burkinshaw
Mar 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Lauren Hurst nelson
Jan 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading Poppy... let me tell you... So much fun to read! This story was so whimsical, it made me want be Poppy! And how adorable is Poppy's dog Pickle?!?! I loved everything about this novel and I can't wait for the sequels. :) My nieces and nephews are going to just LOVE this series!! When does the 2nd book come out???? :) :) ...more
C.J. Milbrandt
In the city of Nova, every child is born with the potential of developing a weekday power (telepathy, teleportation, telekinesis, etc.). Once their special power manifests, they need to develop the skill. Poppy's lagging behind her class, so she's sent to a special summer camp for extra training.

Fifth graders and forced cooperation. Mean girls and handsome boys. Special tasks and sneaking around. I'm not really a fan of the whole adults-are-the-enemy slant, and the plot sticks to familiar lower
Greta Wright
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a cute, clever, original idea! Can't wait to read more from this author! ...more
J. Ford
Jun 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, mg
I absolutely loved this book!!

It's about a girl who has "Monday" powers (if you were born Monday through Friday, you have special powers like telekinesis, or the ability to transport or read minds), but she hasn't quite learned how to develop it. To make matters worse, she has this girl at school that really, really dislikes her, and poor Poppy just can't seem to get a break when Ellie Preston is around. In fact, their dislike of each other winds them up in the Power Academy, a summer school fo
Kathy MacMillan
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Poppy Mayberry isn’t thrilled when she’s sent to summer school to master the telekinetic powers she’s supposed to have as a kid born in the town of Nova on a Monday. And she’s even less thrilled when prissy, stuck-up Ellie, who has Thursday mindreading powers, ends up as her roommate. But when scary Headmistress Larribee kidnaps Poppy’s precious dog, Pickle, as part of a challenge, Poppy and Ellie have to team up, along with dreamy Logan and smart Sam, to find the precious things that have been ...more
Pam K.
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Poppy Mayberry was born in the town of Nova. Many years ago a meteor hit the town, causing everyone to have a special power according to what day they were born. Mondays have telekinesis, Tuesdays can teleport, and Thursdays can read minds, Every year children having problems with their ability are sent to a special summer school. This year Poppy and her classroom tormenter are sent to the academy together, teamed up with 2 boys, and given a special challenge.

This was a funny and cute story. Pe
Casey Lyall
Oct 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
First of all, I loved the concept of this book - everyone has special powers depending on what day of the week they're born on. It's such a neat idea! I had a great time following Poppy's adventure as she worked on mastering her power. A great read full of humour and tons of heart. Looking forward to reading more! ...more
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was charming and a lot of fun. While it got a pinch repetitive (really, everything Ellie owns is pink? Are you sure? LOL), I think kids would have a ton of fun with this introduction to the Nova Kids series. Who wouldn't want to live in a town with people with special powers?
I discovered this title while reading Property of the Rebel Librarian.
Meghan Macko
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would give this book 3 stars, but my 7 year old LOVED it so I’ll add a star for her. Cute book about kids with special powers. Probably meant more for 9-11 year olds, but nothing inappropriate for my almost 8 yo daughter. She also enjoyed it because her name is Poppy and she was born on a Monday - just like the main character!
Laura Scott
Apr 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-read
This was an enjoyable middle grade read. In the town of Nova those born on particular weekdays have a special power. As a Monday Poppy has the power of telekinesis, only she hasn't quite mastered control of it yet so things don't always move in the way she intended. She ends up a the Power Academy for summer school with her nemesis and a couple of new friends. They need to work together to solve a mystery so they can go home early.
I really liked a lot about the story. There was not a lot of worl
Beth Baer
Oct 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a great book for middle readers! As an adult I loved the true-to-life voices of Poppy and Ellie and the plot kept me very interested. A few reviews criticize the 'meanness' of the characters but guess what? Kids can be mean to each other and the important aspect is what they learn about each other and themselves. It is full of perspective-taking and appreciation which is a great awareness for this age-group to read about. ...more
Sonya Mukherjee
Sep 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Such a fun book! Poppy Mayberry has a great, spunky voice and personality that help to make this sweet story all the more delightful. My tween read this ahead of me, and she said, "I really liked it because it has a good story and an interesting ending that surprised me. I recommend it to people who really like a good exciting book." I agree! ...more
Jan farnworth
Aug 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a sweet adorable middle grade novel that draws you with wonderful characters and delightful fun twist on having magic as part of your world. Nova is a unique town and Poppy is a lovable "monday" character that you will readily want to read about and enjoy with your children.

Gina Schwartz
Sep 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
A very engaging children's novel. At first I wondered where the author was taking this "days of the week" thing but once I got it I was entranced. I loved Poppy and her quirkiness and the way she comes into her power is just great. Will try to get my kids to read this one. ...more
Apr 07, 2019 rated it liked it
I read a LOT of Middle Grade books, so I'm very familiar with this genre and I have a very clear idea of what makes a great MG story (for me at least). While I really liked this story, I felt there were some pretty big flaws with this book.

The first is a huge pet-peeve of mine. Just because a book is Middle Grade, and the main characters are young kids (10-12 age group), doesn't mean you need to make them sound like idiots. You can tell a mile away that Poppy and Ellie's thoughts and dialogue wa
Dec 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 3-6-fantasy
Poppy Mayberry lives in Nova where everyone has special magical powers. The day of the week in which babies are born dictates their special powers. Born on Monday, this almost 11-year-old has the power of telekinesis, giving Poppy the ability to imagine things, and then magically they happen. For instance she thinks about her nemesis Ellie's showy headband flying off her head and breaking apart. Shockingly it occurs just like that. Poppy knows she'll be punished, but is thrilled her magic finall ...more
Samantha Weigle
May 05, 2018 rated it liked it
What if the day you were born on determined what kind of super power you would have? That is what it is like in the town of Nova. Poppy was born on a Monday and had the power of telekinesis. However, by age 11 her powers were still not strong. Ellie, a classmate and not very nice girl, had the opposite problem. She struggled to not use her powers of mind reading. The students at the local school were not to use their powers during classes. Poppy and Ellie got into some trouble and the principal ...more
Oct 17, 2016 rated it liked it
This first book in a new series will undoubtedly have mass appeal among young girls, but I hope boys don't overlook it as there are some great characters in Sam and Logan, too. There is an underlying mean-spiritness that comes across in this book, with several instances of students being mean to other students or saying rude things about others and showing disrespect to teachers and others in authority. With bullying being in the media spotlight, I feel some of the snarkiness should have been le ...more
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is so cute and fun! I love the idea of having powers based on the day of the week you were born on (although I was born on a Saturday so I wouldn't get any powers. Boo!) I did guess where some of the story was going - there were enough hints throughout! - and it was obvious that Poppy and Ellie would end up being friends, but it was a really enjoyable read. I definitely want to read book 2 and see how the group continue to develop their powers. ...more
Deb Gaff
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great read for middle grades. The Nova kids have special talents and some are more special then they know. The story follows the Nova kids as they discovery their talents and resolve 'drama' that often happens along the way in 5th grade in a way that leads to understanding of each other.

Looking forward to reading Poppy Mayberry, Return to Power Academy (Nova Kids)!
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