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Maggie & Abby's Neverending Pillow Fort

(Maggie and Abby #1)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  146 ratings  ·  32 reviews
Six. Weeks. That’s how long Maggie’s been waiting for her best friend and partner in crime, Abby, to come home from Camp Cantaloupe. Half of summer break may have been lost, but Abby is finally heading back!

Only when Abby arrives, she’s. . . different. She doesn’t want to play any of their usual epic spy games. All New Abby wants to do is talk about camp things and plan c
Hardcover, 291 pages
Published April 3rd 2018 by HarperCollins
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Ms. Yingling
Feb 14, 2018 rated it liked it
E ARC from Edelweiss Plus

Maggie has had a long and lonely summer before sixth grade with her best friend and neighbor, Abby, away at camp. Her mother, a children's oncologist, is constantly at work, so Maggie has taken over the living room with a huge pillow fort, mainly because it irritates her mom. When Abby comes home, she is taller and enthralled with camp, but grudgingly agrees to play in the fort and even build her own. To Maggie's surprise, she is able to travel right into Abby's fort by
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am not even remotely embarrassed to say that I love this book with my entire heart. What a genuinely funny, smart, magical, empathetic, and 100% creative middle grade novel. I enjoyed it so much, from start to finish. Ignore the terrible fluff of a cover and turn off your grownup brain -- if you spend time on trying to figure out the hows and the whys of a pillow fort portal to Alaska you're already doing it wrong. ...more
Wonderful middle grade tale as two best friends build pillow forts and discover portals to adventures that will amaze and delight readers of all ages. The author has taken regular activities and sprinkled imagination and creativity throughout, making this end of summer story of friendship and longing memorable. This is a delightful and witty tale sure to entertain readers. I received my copy from the publisher through edelweiss.
Jessie Weaver
Not my favorite read-aloud, but solid and my 12yo was interested. (Also totally brought up to her that my best friend from high school and I need linked pillow forts because we live too far away.)
Becky B
Maggie has had a super boring summer. Due to some paperwork and deadline confusion, her best friend Abby got to go to summer camp while she had to stay home. She just knows Abby has been suffering through camp without her. When Abby returns, Maggie is ready to comfort her and make the most of the rest of their summer. But it turns out Abby has had a great time at camp, and this doesn't make Maggie feel very good. She'd probably be able to process her feelings more, except the girls discover that ...more
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Missing her best friend, who is away at camp, and her mother, whose work has taken her away from home more than it probably should, Maggie creates a pillow fort in her living room which has given her hours of enjoyment as she pretends to be a spy. When Abby returns home, they create a pillow fort in her room and it magically connects to Maggie’s in her living room and then to Maggie’s Uncle Joe who is on a solitary research trip in Alaska. The girls have stumbled into the world of NAFAFA (North ...more
Kristin Crouch
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Will Taylor for providing #collabookation with an ARC to share.
I will admit, right off, that I thought a book about two girls building a perpetual pillow fort was going to be a quick, fluffy read. I stand corrected!
Maggie and Abby are next door neighbors and best friends, but there are fissures in their friendship. Maggie is more of an introvert, while Abby is eager to socialize with new people. What I loved most about their friendship in this book (there will be another ~ YAY!) is
Laura Mossa
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Special thanks to Will Taylor for sending an advance reading copy to our #bookexcursion group. All opinions are my own.

Missing her best friend Abby who has been away at Camp Cantaloupe for six weeks, Maggie builds a pillow fort in her living room. When Abby returns, Maggie is excited to spend time with Abby, but her best friend seems different. Wanting to expand their circle, Abby is eager to start their own summer camp and invite more kids to join in their games.

After Maggie builds a cabin-for
May 05, 2019 rated it liked it
This was cute. It could have used a lot more world building and fleshed out storytelling, but I really liked the idea. I love the historical elements to it, with famous people and the locked room in France! I certainly didn’t expect it to end on a cliffhanger, and I hope there is another story to explore the key and find out more about NAFAFA and if the girls can get their fort network back.

I genuinely think my favourite part of this book was Abby’s dad and his boyfriend Tamal. It was so sweet a
L. Chase
Dec 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely adorable! Halfway through this book, I had to pause my reading... to build my own pillow fort! The rest of the book was devoured from inside Fort Book Nook. :-)

The characters--and their internal conflicts--are so very relatable and universal. The emotion in which author Will Taylor tackles friendship struggles is achingly honest and brings me back to those painful tween times. The world building of the pillow fort network was incredibly elaborate and fun. Taylor writes with both humo
May 14, 2018 rated it liked it
I received this through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Maggie has spent her summer alone, since her mother missed the camp cut-off date and just her best friend Abby was able to go. While waiting for her best friend to return, she has created an epic pillow fort. When Abby returns home, Maggie hopes to pick right back up on their imagination adventures, but Abby is obsessed with camp. In attempt to play along, Maggie creates a pillow fort at Abby's house, but something magical happe
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I don't know about you but building forts was something I loved doing as a child and quite honestly still love doing with my own kids (especially when I can fit in them) and this book was the perfect combination of magic and wonder to add to my love for forts! Two best friends who were separated all summer in both distance and experiences come together to discover an entire world of pillow forts. Through their own forts they realize they can enter into other kid's pillow forts. They travel throu ...more
Tara T
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was so freaking adorable! From the very beginning I loved Maggie's voice. Every time she said "cucumber casserole" or "whale poop" I was cracking up. The world created through the pillow forts was so detailed and fun, I wished I could hop inside of it right now. Teleporting to other places has always been one of my dreams. Last but not least, being Lisa-Franked is probably the funniest kid prank I've ever heard of. I giggled every single time it was mentioned.

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Cassie Thomas
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If my ten year old self had written a book, this is exactly where my imagination would have gone. Forts were my life, and Will does an amazing job of capturing the simplicity and the magic that surrounds you when you build a fort.
You follow Maggie and Abby's friendship as Abby returns home from summer camp "different" to Maggie. Maggie, in a panic to try and remain their "before middle school selves" works to keep up their adventures with her creative imagination. Only this time, the craziest s
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
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*I received and early DRC from edelweiss and the publisher. This does not affect my review*

This book was epically cute. I'm 34 and i desperately want to build a pillow fort now. I got a bit annoyed with Maggie at times, but in all honesty, I was a lot like her at her age. I felt like all my friends were growing up faster and moving on without me. In the end though, I thought Maggie and Abby's friendship was fantastic. I also loved Abby's brothers! and both of their parents were cool too. Highly
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Books like this remind me that I should read books geared towards younger readers more often. This was a very enjoyable story that lead me to want to learn more about Maggie & Abby's future adventures (I hope there will be some).
I would recommend this for 4th grade readers or higher, but nothing to preclude younger readers from trying it, if they can handle a longer book.

I received the book as an uncorrected proof copy from Goodreads.
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I can’t even begin to explain how much I loved this book! The plot was charming, characters unique, and themes wonderful. I easily identified with the feelings of the main character. They will help a lot of kids out there go through the awkward growing up period of life. Plus, what’s better than magical pillow forts?!!! Super excited for the sequel!!!
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a book I picked out for my 10-year-old son. He told me it was the best book he’s read “since Harry Potter” so of course I had to read it too. Super-cute, though I do need to add Maggie’s mom to my list of WTF parents in YA literature.
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mg-books
‪I can't even tell you how much I enjoyed MAGGIE AND ABBY'S NEVER ENDING PILLOW FORT. This book is for anyone who's ever wanted to be magically transported to other places. It's original,fun, & has some unexpected intrigue. Excited to get this into readers' hands.🛋‬ ...more
Book squid
Jan 09, 2022 rated it it was amazing
One of the rare few books I have ever read in my life where I could not have predicted what was gonna happen next. Everything was so delightfully unexpected, fun, and just down right wacky. An absolute treat!
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Absolutely delightful!
Marie Umetsu
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A fun read!!
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ok, this was adorable. Really really great. Also it's got me craving cinnamon rolls. ...more
Ilse O'Brien
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
A fun and imaginative story that takes readers to unexpected places. Will Taylor created a fantastic world here, and just in time to be the perfect summer read for kids — especially 4th-6th graders.
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Please tell me there's another book!!! ...more
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book would have made my 5th-grade self sooooo happy!
Ms Threlkeld
Apr 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Delightfully fun and more nuanced than expected.
One of the funniest MG books you'll read. Don't let the pillow fort theme Lisa Frank you into thinking it's too childish. Upper MG readers will still enjoy it. ...more
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
My friend wrote this book but I feel I can objectively say it is fantastic. I read it out loud to my baby while he ate and it was delightfully funny and imaginative. The voices of the characters feel very authentic; I highly recommend reading it aloud if you can.
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Will Taylor (he/they) is a reader, writer, and honeybee fan. He lives in the heart of downtown Seattle surrounded by all the seagulls and not quite too many teacups. When not writing he can be found searching for the perfect bakery, talking to trees in parks, and completely losing his cool when he meets longhaired dachshunds. His books include Maggie & Abby’s Neverending Pillow Fort; Maggie & Abby ...more

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