Rule of Threes

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Maggie is an only child, which is just how she likes it. She doesn’t have to deal with siblings who take her stuff or pull her hair. Her parents are great, but it’s her grandmother who understands her best, as they share a love of interior design. In fact, Maggie and her best friends, Rachel and Olive, have developed an interior design business. So when their school announces a decorating contest, Maggie knows she and her friends have it covered, but her rule of threes is about to be obliterated when she learns she has an older brother (so there are now four in her family), her grandmother is forgetting things (even her own name!), and her best friends have changed (boy crazy, for sure). Middle school is so tough!

This book weaves together three different issues facing children today: drug abuse, infidelity, and aging health problems. However, it does so in a way that is safe for middle grade children. Maggie reacts to many issues as though younger than a sixth grader, but her relationship with her unexpected sibling is refreshing in its lack of rivalry. As a result, it is predicted that this book will top many state award lists soon.

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Author Marcy Campbell
Star Count 3/5
Format Hard
Page Count 320 pages
Publisher Chronicle Books
Publish Date 11-May-2021
ISBN 9781797201238 Buy this Book
Issue July 2021
Category Young Adult