“A good read-alike for fans of R.J. Palacio’s Wonder.”—School Library Journal
Twelve-year-old Maddie has a quirky sense of humor and loves making her classmates laugh by slapping on fake mustaches every chance she gets. Being funny gets her noticed by class queen Cassie, and things are looking up when Maddie is cast as Juliet in the school play. Maybe Juliet could wear a mustache?
When Maddie starts tripping when she walks and her hand starts curling up at her side, her mom takes her to the doctor, who confirms Maddie has a brain tumor. In an instant, her world is turned upside down.
Maddie doesn't want anyone else to know. Especially Cassie, whose jealousy has turned to bullying. What about Maddie's chance to play Juliet opposite the cutest boy in the sixth grade? What if the doctors can't get the ugly tumor monster out of her brain?
As Maddie's surgery approaches, she wonders if her illness is giving her super powers because her imagination is bigger than ever, her courage is stronger than ever, and her compassion is about to be felt by more people than she ever imagined.
|Book on CD||Unabridged, 4 discs, approx. 5.4 hours|
|Size||5.5 x 8.25|
|Published||Shadow Mountain 2017|
Maddie is a twelve-year-old girl with a great imagination, a crazy sense of humor, and a heart of gold. She loves to make her classmates laugh by wearing mustaches and strives to bring them together with the games she invents. Not everyone appreciates her efforts – especially not Cassie, the queen of the class, who sees her as a rival for popularity as well as for the lead in the class play. When Maddie is diagnosed with a brain tumor she finds the courage to stand up to Cassie and effect changes through acts of compassion and kindness. This book carries a powerful message about how even one person can make a huge difference through small acts of kindness. This book should be included on every school’s must-read list. Maddie is insightful and young readers will have a good role model for learning empathy. I read this book with my seven-year-old daughter and she loved it. Morris and Brown strike a beautiful balance between having a great middle-grade voice and vocabulary and tackling serious real-life conflicts in an inspiring, uplifting, and humorous way.
Bonus Review: The Audio version
Shelly Brown, the coauthor of Mustaches for Maddie gives listeners a spot-on impersonation of her daughter. Her intonation and exuberance give Maddie a delightful bubbly personality. Even when scenes are intense and slightly technical -such as having an MRI- Brown delivers such a nuanced performance that listeners are captivated and take the journey with young Maddie. My seven-year-old has listened to this audiobook/read along with it multiple times, so much so, that she now has some of Maddie’s colloquial phrases delivered much as Brown performed them. "Cheese tots!" This is a great book for a family road trip as there is something for every age group and can lead to discussions on how to put compassion in action.
This was a delightful read! Despite a hard subject, Chad Morris takes the story of his family and makes it come alive. This is a great read for readers of all ages and teaches the importance of positive happy living, entangled with forgiveness. It is definitely a feel good read!
Chad and Shelly have written a compelling story accented with humor, delight, and heart-wrenching experiences. I especially felt the emotion in this story because it's based on a true story and I clearly remember when Maddie was in the hospital and it was too scary to want to think about, yet alone try to explain. That's why I love this book--Chad and Shelly have created a priceless masterpiece from their own experiences with their daughter, Maddie.
I laughed out loud several times, smiled plenty, and yes, even had to wipe some tears in a few places. I think this book is perfect for young readers because the pacing of the story is exactly in sync with how their wild imaginations and attention spans work. There is definitely a grounding truth in this story about how to deal with the desire to be "popular" and do what everyone else is doing and how to be who you are.
Kudos to Chad Morris and Shelly Brown for writing a book that entertains and inspires. If you have kids, grandkids, or friends, share this book with them today...and definitely a mustache!
There's another really neat thing with this book: Compassion into action. There are stickers and postcard available to help teach children compassion and an incredible resource has been created.
Take a look at the readers guide: http://shdwmtn.co/MustachesforMaddieReadersGuide
I really enjoyed reading this book. I enjoyed the way I found traces of myself as a child in the main character. Like me, she just wanted to be liked by the "popular" kids, also like me, the popular girl just wanted to use her to find out information. But I really loved the way she was able to rise above everything. She used her great imagination (also like me as a child!) to make everything seem better and more fun. She used humor to make things happier all around for herself and for others. I loved the way she went out of her way to include everyone.
This book is based on a true story. I remember when Chad Morris' book came out the he wasn't able to promote because he was with his daughter who had cancer. I love that this book kind of tells you the story of that through Maddie's eyes and how you are able to see a little bit of what happened to his family as they dealt with the rough time they had.
I loved this book! I'm excited to pass it on to my own daughter, nearly 12 herself, and see if she enjoys it as much as I did!
It's been another tough week in the world. There is so much loss and devastation swirling around. So much hurt, injustice and evil. It can sometimes feel so overwhelming. That's why books like this are important, I think. They serve as a reminder that while there are hard things, there are good things too. We can be the good things for other people. We can make a difference, however small, through kindness and compassion for other people. I want to quote a small part of the afterwords in this book, written by Maddie herself.
"We don't always realize what trials other people are going through. Sometimes it takes courage to be kind to some people. But we need to always stick up for what's right. You can do it. Anytime, anywhere, you can have compassion. Everybody needs a friend and that friend can be you."
If only everyone believed this and acted on it.
Compassion: a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering.
This book is perfectly suited for middle grade readers. It's also perfect to be read aloud to younger children. It provides so many great opportunities to talk with your children, grandchildren, students, etc. about kindness and how to deal with situations and people that are hard to understand. I think one of the most important lessons we can teach our children is how to be kind. Compassion matters.
While this book is a work of fiction, it is based on a true story. I LOVE the cover!!! I love Maddie's love for mustaches and how infectious it became for those around her. I loved that each chapter of this book had a different kind of mustache. It made me smile. This book brought back a bit of hope for me this week, renewed my belief that there is good in this world and that I need to work even harder to make sure I'm a part of that good.
My thanks to the publisher, Shadow Mountain, for providing a copy of this book for me.
Wow. This book is amazing. It touches on things that are personal for the authors yet shares a very strong message on how to help kids deal with scary things. The humor had me laughing throughout and getting teary at the same time. Life has lots of scary things, though not everyone deals with a brain tumor, most kids deal with bullying of some type. There are many powerful lessons throughout. This is a must read to anyone who has children, associates with children, has influence with children, really everyone. I highly suggest this book for everyone of all ages. It is a great read for book clubs and to read with little ones. I cannot say enough good about this book. Please check it out.
When I first heard about the name of this book, I wasn't sure what to think, but it is a WONDERFUL read. Make sure you have some tissues handy, and then sit back and enjoy the ride.
Sixth grade was a long time ago, but it was easy to remember the game of trying to find your place. It is so sad that our human nature is to be selfish. Of course, not everyone is, but it's so easy to think the worst of others instead of trying to find out why they act the way they do. Mustaches for Maddie was inspiring in its lesson on compassion. And, that it just takes one brave person to make things better.
I highly recommend this book, and have given it to my kids to read.
I listened to audiobook which was performed by Shelly Brown. I hope to listen to many more books read by her because she made it very realistic. I listen to a lot of books and the narrator makes a big difference!
This is a touching book but not depressing. The difficult parts are interspersed with a lot of humor which did make me laugh out loud! I recommend this book for children and adults alike. It should be a new bestseller.