The note Momma left on the fridge says only: “I HAVE TO GO.” But go where? Twelve-year-old Margie is convinced that Momma’s gone to the Rooster Romp at the International Poultry Hall of Fame, in search of additions to her precious flock of chicken memorabilia. And it’s up to Margie to bring her home. So she commandeers her daddy’s Faithful Ford, kidnaps her nine-year-old sister, Peep, and takes to the open road.
As she navigates the back roads of Kentucky with smarty-pants Peep criticizing her every move, Margie also travels along the highways and byways of her heart, mapping a course to help understand Momma—and herself.
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My pencil scraped a skinny gray line across the newsprint, then a square, then a triangle on top. A house. A teeny-tiny house for teeny-tiny little—
“That’s ugly,” Peep said. But her voice was the ugly thing, as high-pitched as a kindergartner’s, even though she’d had her ninth birthday last October.
Still, I threw my pencil down. I was no good at drawing, especially drawing a Map of Me.
“Homework!” Momma said, like one word was threat enough. Okay, it was.
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THE MAP OF ME by Tami Lewis BrownKirkus Book ReviewsRead the Kirkus Review of THE MAP OF ME . Feeling invisible and inferior to her brainy younger sister Peep, Margie Tempest discovers what she's made of when she bravely takes her father's car and, with her sister a protesting passenger, sets off to find their mother who has suddenly left.- Kirkus Reviews
Tami Lewis Brown is the author of the picture book Soar, Elinor!, illustrated by François Roca. She holds an M.F.A. in writing for children from Vermont College and lives in Washington, D.C. The Map of Me is her first novel.
Tami Lewis Brown
Map of Me
projects for children to do at home and in the classroom.