Tuesday, June 9, 2009

The Maggie B by Irene Haas

If you've ever wished upon a star when you were a child for the impossible, this is the book for you. Margaret Barnstable is a little girl who does just that; and her wish is to have a ship named after her, to sail for a day alone upon the sea with some nice company on board with her. The next morning, she awakens to her wish come true. She's upon the 'Maggie B' along with her little brother, an upper deck full of animals, vegetables and fruit trees and the day to herself. This story takes the reader along for the day and into the afternoon where a storm interrupts her freedom just a little. But will it last forever? Well, we'll just have to wait and see.

This book first came out in hard cover in 1975 and was reprinted in paperback soon after. It's now out of print and very collectable. If you have got a copy, it's worth between $36.00 and $85.00 Aust. with most of the copies located in the United States (I found these stats on http://www.bookfound.com/).

There isn't much information about this author online; I can't even find a current photograph of her. However, I am on the lookout for a website for her - an official one - so you can all see which of her books are coming out next; as she's still writing and putting out good quality books for children.

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