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REVIEW Ê The Middler Þ ❮Read❯ ➯ The Middler ➳ Author Kirsty Applebaum – Gwairsoft.co.uk “I was special I was a hero I lost the best friend I ever had”Eleven year old Maggie lives in Fennis Wick enclosed and protected from the outside world by a boundary beyond which the uiet War rage “I was special I was a hero I lost tTen hilariously by Maggie we experience the trials and frustrations of being the forgotten middle child the child with no voice even in her own familyThis gripping story of forbidden friendship loyalty and betrayal is perfect for fans of Malorie Blackman Meg Rosoff and Frances Hardin. Feel your fear Do the right thing full review will come soon

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Cial A hero Her younger brother is Trig – everyone loves Trig But Maggie’s just a middler invisible and left behind Then one hot September day she meets Una a hungry wanderer girl in need of help and everything Maggie has ever known gets turned on its headNarrated expertly and of. The Giver lite for Younger ReadersThis book has been compared to The Giver and that seems fair It should be noted though that this book seems to have been written for a much younger audience and sidesteps some of the disturbing elements of The Giver That said to my mind The Middler suffers from the same weakness as The Giver As YA author Debra Doyle observed regarding The Giver the book fails the science fiction Plausibility Test Things are the way they are in the novel because The Author is Making A Point; things work out the way they do because The Author's Point Reuires ItHere our heroine Maggie is a Middler which simply means she is a middle child The eldest children are wildly celebrated and can do no wrong The younger third children are treated as though developmentally disabled Middle children are so overlooked that no one can even remember their names This point is driven home over and over again throughout the first half of the book and the repetition ultimately becomes dreary The balance of the tale has Maggie uestioning rebelling and doing something heroic but her heroism is set against an improbable and unsatisfyingly transparent manufactured dystopia I admired and enjoyed the Maggie character She is the narrator of the tale and her voice is fresh and appealing As a character coming to grips with and overcoming her middleness she is a complete success This may all be a bit of a middle child Mary Sue story but I've never seen what's wrong with a Mary Sue story if it's done well I mean don't we all sometimes dream ourselves into Mary Sueness But that said Maggie is surrounded by mostly weak supporting characters a lot of exposition and monologuing to make sure we get it and a strangely lifeless dystopian world that feels like M Night Shayamalan's Village in reverse and wraps up in a hurried and fairly undramatic fashionSo this could be fun for middle children everywhere and as an introduction to dystopian fiction but it does seem to me to skew toward fairly young readersPlease note that I received a free ecopy of this book without a review reuirement or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book

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The Middler“I was special I was a hero I lost the best friend I ever had”Eleven year old Maggie lives in Fennis Wick enclosed and protected from the outside world by a boundary beyond which the uiet War rages and the dirty dangerous wanderers roamHer brother Jed is an eldest revered and spe. Maggie is a middle child fighting to be heard in a world where only Eldests are valued One day she meets someone from the outside a dirty dangerous deceitful wanderer and starts to uestion everything she's ever known This is an atmospheric read set in a sinister near future Maggie will pull you along with her fantastic voice and her invisibility is all too recognisable to us middlers