Juvenile Maggie Lewis Morgy Makes His Move

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Morgy Makes His Move

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Morgy hates being the new kid in a new school in a new town in a new state. He wishes he were back in California. Here in Massachusetts he has to contend with Ferguson, who's older and seems to have singled out Morgy to pick on. Ferguson is even there when Morgy tries to learn how to play hockey, and he never misses a chance to dump Morgy on the ice. And hockey becomes even more humiliating when Morgy is demoted from the ten-and-unders to the seven-and-unders, where he's the oldest kid on the team.Each day brings more things to get used to, from weird Boston accents to surviving the blizzard of the century. Gradually, though, Morgy begins to figure out life in Puckett Corner and learns that he just might fit in after all.

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Maggie Lewis lives in Ipswich, Massachusetts, with her husband and three sons. You're sure to enjoy Morgy in all three Morgy books: Morgy's Musical Summer, Morgy Coast to Coast, and Morgy Makes His Move.

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"When third-grader Morgy MacDougal-MacDuff moves with his parents from wide-open, laid-back California (where he had lots of friends, the playground at his school overlooked the ocean, and he played soccer) to small-town, close-knit Massachusetts (where he immediately attracts the attentions of a bully, his new school doesn't even have a playground, and everyone plays ice hockey), he obviously has some adjustments to make. Maggie Lewis captures the disoriented Morgy's bewilderment, even unto the challenges of the Massachusetts lingo and accent (what is this spa his new friend Byron invites him to come along to? and what does mar mean?), with one of the lightest touches ever encountered in a new-kid-in-town story. Her characters are recognizably and believably grounded in a particular place, but they are never stereotypes: Morgy's visiting aunt from California is flaky but also understanding and good at making friends; Byron's live-in Massachusetts aunt is small-town traditional but knows when to stretch the rules and how to accept others as they are. Gradually, Morgy becomes more comfortable in his new surroundings, finding himself part of Byron's large, friendly family, enjoying an unusual mid-blizzard Thanksgiving celebration, learning to skate, and defusing the bully (with the unwitting help of his mom-sorry, his mar). At book's end, Morgy welcomes home newborn twin sisters with big-brotherly protectiveness: "If there's anything you don't know, you can ask me. I know all about this place." A superbly realized regional novel that is nonetheless universal: second- and third-grade readers from all over will enjoy watching Morgy make his move." Horn Book

"Lewis packs a lot of action into this short novel and plenty of changes into her hero's young life. Morgy has just moved from California to Massachusetts, where he gets lost on the way home after the first day of school, is repeatedly picked on by an older bully, finds out his mother is pregnant with twins, tries to learn to play hockey, and survives a chimney fire, a blizzard, and a blackout. In between trials, he makes new friends and writes to old ones, is visited by his aunt, and helps raise money for new equipment for the school playground. This lighthearted novel is filled with incident and warmth, nicely matched in tone by Chesworth's black-and-white illustrations. Especially pleasing is the easy way the members of his family and his new friend Byron's family come together during the storm, spend Thanksgiving together on the spur of the moment, and thereafter are naturally integrated into one another's lives." Kirkus Reviews

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