Tuesday, July 21, 2009

June 19, 09 Key to the Golden Firebird by Maureen Johnson

Key to the Golden Firebird is about May, Brooks and Palmer Gold. Brooks and Palmer are the tall blonde softball stars while May is the smart one who doesn't fit. When their dad dies of a heart attack in his beloved Golden Firebird, life is never the same. Brooks acts out and drinks, Palmer retreats into herself, and it's left to May to pick up the pieces. When Pete, a neighbour and the son of her parent's friends starts to give May driving lessons, things start to change and the girls go through the process of learning how to live again.

This book, while classic MJ, witty and interesting, was my least favorite Maureen book. This most likely has to do with the fact that it was her first book and hadn't gained the skills she has now. I got bored with the book in the last hundred pages, and I felt no connection with the characters. I felt detached from the situation, and I hate when I feel that way when I read. Maureen's main character is always essentially the same person with a few tweaks, so it was interesting seeing things through the eyes of not only May, but her two sisters. I can't wait to read Girl At Sea, and get back to MJ's newer style.

Emma Out!


  1. This was actually the first Maureen Johnson book that I read (even though at the time she had published a few more). I definitely agree that she has improved as a writer, but I actually did enjoy this one.

  2. I did enjoy it, just not as much as MJ's other books. What's your favorite MJ book?

  3. I've never read her books, but I may check her out. :)

  4. You should! She's EXCELLENT.