Reading/Interest Level: Intermediate
Author: Kathleen Lane
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Maggie is a very conscientious young girl on the brink of teenage-hood. With a conscience the size of the United States of America, Maggie wants to save all the bad things from happening. Upon learning that her neighbor uses rabbit’s for meat, Maggie’s greatest desire is to save the rabbits. Throughout her adventure, Maggie brushes up with murderers, experiences middle school and friend drama, and copes with possibilities of divorce between her parents. All ends well and Maggie learns great lessons along the way.
This is a great novel that sheds light on a subject still very much a taboo in our society – obsessive compulsive disorder. Maggie tries to control everything she can by counting, repeating words, making sure everything is even, and checking doors. It can be a great tool for understanding those with this disorder. Furthermore, young teens will appreciate the struggles Maggie faces with starting middle school and finding her identity while her friends also discover theirs. Heartwarming and very well written, The Best Worst Thing will keep you gripped.