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May Bird Among the Stars

(May Bird #2)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  3,294 ratings  ·  159 reviews
May Bird has always been a bit...different. While most of her classmates were riding their bikes, she was running around the woods dressed as a warrior princess with her hairless cat at her side. And instead of spending summer vacation at birthday parties, May was discovering a mysterious lake hidden among the trees -- and stumbling into the land of ghosts, the Ever After. ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published May 18th 2007 by Aladdin (first published 2006)
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Vaishnavi Vangani
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Among the stars,"by Jodi Lynn Anderson is definitely a read to remember. An amazing story about a very brave girl, May Bird, and her little kitty, Somber Kitty, who strive to reach their beloved home in Briery Swamp, West Virginia. May made one terrible mistake risking her and kitty's life. Over summer, she decided to discover a mysterious lake hidden among the trees near her home. Unfortunately that night was her last night with her loving mother, her life, her everything. Everything flashing ...more
Asia Campbell
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It's a really good book, I like it as much as the first one.
Jul 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
just as great as book one- maybe even better. Somber Kitty, my absolute favorite character, is with the group for the whole book this time, adding so many fun moments to the plot. This is such a creative and inventive story, I don't really see how to describe exactly what I liked without also using mega amounts of spoilers- so i'm not even going to try. I'll leave it at this: By this series for every child that you know. And then buy another copy for yourself- so that when those kids accidentall ...more
Apr 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
I enjoyed this one more than the first. There was a lot of action; I was already into the story so it didn't take three chapters to get going; it was humorous there are all these ads for the dead all over the place; and it had a satisfying ending with the promise of further adventures in the Ever After. I loved Pumpkin and Somber Kitty, and I like the strong sparkly warrior May Bird is becoming. Good read for girls and boys.
Jillian Harrington
Feb 10, 2008 rated it liked it
This is a fun little series to pick up for some light reading. All about a outcast girl finding her heroic strengths in a comedic world of the dead.
Alicia Nabors
Apr 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Another Therilling adventure!

Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I started this book a while back and things got away from me. Life just got a little busy. I still adore this series and am starting the third book as soon as I'm finished here.

I love that these are so easy to read and come back to. May is an amazing character that just about any young adult can relate to and find inspiration in, and grows as each book progresses. I will always always always recommend this series to people looking for books for their kids or even for themselves if they just want
Ruby Ridge
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another amazing book in the May Bird series. More of May less of Somber Kitty this time. May is becoming the hero she always was but just did not know it, Can't wait to read the next and concluding book in the series. Glad I have got all three to hand - too often you end up with a long break between books and end up losing interest (Jim Butcher!!!)
Juliana Hernandez
“May Bird Among the Stars” is a thrilling book with so much emotion it almost feels like you're there with all of the characters. For example, when May gets a letter from the Lady of the North farm it reads “Home is behind you-the lady of the north farm” When she sees this she gets very confused and sad; it is so descriptive and the author uses these emotions to hook the reader. My favorite character was Pumpkin because he is very shy and lazy but he is daring enough to save May’s life many time ...more
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love this series. I wish I had read them when I was younger! May Bird and Somber Kitty top my "favorite characters" list.
Cecilia Rodriguez
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
May Bird and her hairless cat, Somber Kitty, are trying to find a way
out of the Ever After.
The story has an odd style of humor similar to the movie: Beetlejuice.
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
was a good read, but not as good as what the first story left me with. something from the first one felt missing in this one. still enjoyable.
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love these books soo much.
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This series is amazing. Once you start reading, you just can't put it down.
Courtney Aguilar
Mar 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I basically forgot everything that happened in this book so reading it was so nerve racking.
Seperti juga di buku pertamanya, May Bird yang masih terperangkap di Dunia Arwah(!) mencari jalan pulang. Di sequel keduanya ini May, ditemani Pus Muram yang setia dan Pumpkin, si hantu berkepala labu, dan Beatrix yang encari ibunya, juga Kapten Fabbio yang rada konyol tapi pemberani *hahaha* meneruskan perjalanan ke North Farm.

Dalam perjalanan ini, mereka sempat mampir ke Laguna Lupa yang "cara kerjanya" mirip dengan casino apaitu yang ada di seri Percy Jackson, yang membuat mereka semua lupa
Kailey (BooksforMKs)
3.5 stars
In this second May Bird book, May is fighting her way north to seek the help of the mysterious Lady of North Farm. With the help of her ghostly friends, May tries to find a way out of Ever After and back to the world of the living, but the evil tyrant, Bo Cleevil, is searching for her, and the only way out is to confront him directly.
Along the way, May and her crew meet friendly spirits, attend a few parties, sing a musical, and fight off zombies, evil ghouls, and goblins. They get froz
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved to continue the previous book from the previous book! it was fun and mysterious. At every chapter it was a new experience, meeting new characters. The adventure was fun and exciting.
Aug 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
Kind of like a cross between Alice in Wonderland and Beetlujuice the cartoon. At the end though it felt unfinished; not like it esd forcing the issue of a third book, but more like .. they forgot to write the final chapter or something. Too much unresolved; like life. I did not like the allusions to "I'm afraid for your mother," because nothing ever seemed to come of it. It led you astray from the story. The characters all kind of epitomized themselves; eg., you couldn't find a more Pumpkin-ey p ...more
Andrea Gordon
Jan 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
May Bird and her ghoulish companions continue their adventures in the Ever After. May and her cat, Somber Kitty, were sucked in to the Afterlife through the swamp in Briery Woods. May is desperate to return home to her mother, but seems to be destined to play a role in ridding the Ever After of Evil Bo Cleevil.

May is convinced that the Lady of North Farm will help her find her way home. Beatrice is searching for her mother. Captain Fabbio is looking for his lost patrol. All are committed to help
Justyn Rampa
Apr 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens, fantasy
This is the second book in the May Bird trilogy and it was an utterly delightful read. The story is a blend of Coraline, Wizard of Oz, and Alice in Wonderland. A young girl, May Bird, is a unique individual is a bit of an outcast who accidentally stumbles into the world of Ever After (aka The After Life). There are some friends to be made as well as some enemies...oh...and there is the little matter of the prophecy that indicates perhaps that May Bird is meant for bigger things.

This book continu
Kaida Ashia
Feb 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
May Bird Among the stars is every bit as nail biting and wonderful as the first of the trilogy.

In this book May is trying to get home but everywhere she turns there are goblins and zombies that only know the word... euuuurrrrrhh. And lets not forget the evil Bogey who May must sneak past in order to get to the portal home.

Among the Stars shows May Bird as a much more courageous character, standing up for what she believes is right and defending her friends using a bow and arrow which seems to
D.M. Dutcher
Oct 04, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: children-s, fantasy
Tone is a hard thing to create in a novel. The cover sets a wonderful tone-May, clad in a tattered cloak, staring down into an abyss of stars, with Somber Kitty as her companion. The prologue too, with her mother wondering where she is, also sets the stage nicely. Starting on a train of the dead, was a good touch, too.

But then the author starts to get cute, and jokey. While tone is very subjective for the reader, I can't help but wish the book I saw on the cover matched the book inside. I could
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I think this book is good because it has a lot of action like going to a different place like seeing ghouls, a lot of different things that you see in there like. She is a human and goes to this place that they kill humans because they want to and her cat to. She, her cat met some friends that are going to help her get to the North to see The North Lady, because see wants to go home, but when see she went to see the Lady and the Lady said if you want to go home to Earth then you have go to the S ...more
Aug 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
To me May Bird develops from this child of the forest into being the amazon princess she dreamed of. I like that she begins to develop self confidence and believes that she is capable of being a protector. The author has clever colorful descriptions for the Ever After and even creates these humorous names for the cities. "Carnival at the Edge of the World" is one in particular that comes to mind. With tomb numbers and death shrouds it makes for an entertaining read. I found the end both satisfyi ...more
Apr 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
Like the first, it cannot stand on its own. Of course, as the second book of a trilogy, that's to be expected. It does make use of the overdone prophesied hero trope, but I do like that this hero's expected reluctance is actually carried through. At least for now, presumably. Again, giving a twist on the common theme. It would be possible to just believe that the story could end here, as, for a normal person who didn't feel compelled to get involved, it would.

I didn't get any real Beetlejuice vi
Melissa Bennett
Jun 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Okay, I gave the first book a 5 star review because I loved it! But I enjoyed this book even more. So let's pretend I give this one a 6 star review.
This book starts where the 1st book left off. May Bird and her companions on are the train headed towards the north. It leads to such an exciting journey from there. May Bird meets a lot of new friends and enemies. I loved the relationship between Somber Kitty and Pumpkin. Besides May, I would have to say that they are my favorite characters. I usua
Apr 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was the best May Bird book of the bunch.

In the first book, she was fearful and had a one-track mind which kept her from really becoming an interesting character. It seemed like she was going with the flow and letting the elements carry her adrift. In this book, she had much more focus. And even if it was the kind of focus that left one disappointed in her, it was still considerably better than her previous stance of, "I guess I'll go here because it's easier."

The plot was also better tracke
Maya Widiatmoko
Fiuh...akhirnya utang baca tahun lalu satu persatu lunas...
Anak kecil yang baca buku ini and suka adalah anak kecil yang sabaaar luar biasa! hehehe alur-nya sangat lambat meskipun aq rasa ngga mengurangi sisi adventure-nya. Dan aq tetep angkat topi buat Anderson karena imajinasi di otak-nya luar biasa. Dan satu tambahan apresiasi aq buat beliau ini, thank you for mention my country, Indonesia, in your story hehehe sebetulnya tertarik dan penasaran gimana nanti caranya si May mengalahkan Bo Cleev
Sep 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
While not as dark and creepy as the first book (although still plenty eerie and ghostly), I enjoyed this one just as much. May Bird Among the Stars is much more fast-paced than the first book in the trilogy and way more action-packed. I was however disappointed by the ending, I wont spoil it for future readers, all I can say is that I got what I wanted but at the same time it's not how I wanted it to play out.

While the ending did bum me out, I'm definitely looking forward to reading the final b
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“Over the ten years since she'd been born, the trees of Briary Swamp, West Virginia, had peered through May's window night after night. They had watched over her thoughtful brown eyes, the imaginative crook of her head, the strong character of her knobby knees. The trees had laughed at the jokes May told her cat. Their leaves had whispered over her wild inventions, her colorful stories, her drawings.” 14 likes
“The Lady shrugged nonchalantly. "You're a hider. Thats what you're thinking. And you're right."
May swallowed and nodded, feeling very small.
The Lady kneaded her wrinkled hands. "What you are hiding from the most, my dear, is that you are none of those things you are so afraid of being - cowardly, weak, small. You aren't afraid to know you're afraid. And you're most afraid that you're stronger than you know.
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