The Pathway Collection #1: Maggie Come Lately   -     By: Michelle Buckman
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The Pathway Collection #1: Maggie Come Lately

NavPress / 2007 / Paperback

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Maggie McCarthy is more than ready to be just a regular teen. Ever since her mother's death, Maggie has found herself acting as a mother to her two younger brothers and serving as the resident housekeeper. All of that changes after she rescues a classmate and rival from sexual assault and becomes an accidental hero and celebrity at her high school. Now Maggie must reconcile popularity with true friendship, deal with the fallout of sexual abuse and redefine her place in the family. And with the help of an unlikely friend, Maggie begins to discover God's grace in her life. Author Michelle Buckman offers an edgy, realistic story for teen girls that honestly explores some of the most challenging issues today. Buckman balances tough themes with the hope found in God alone, leading readers to embrace their faith in everyday life. Sometimes everything you want is what you already have.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: NavPress
Publication Date: 2007
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 160006082X
ISBN-13: 9781600060823
Availability: In Stock
Series: Pathway Collection

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Publisher's Description

Sometimes everything you want is what you already have
Maggie isn’t exactly popular. In fact, she’s pretty much invisible. While most girls are going to parties with boyfriends, she’s busy acting as mother and housewife to her two brothers and father. But what she really wants is to be noticed by her brother’s friend Webb. Unfortunately, he’s dating the school’s hottest cheerleader.

When her sixteenth birthday comes along, Maggie makes a wish: Please, Lord, let sixteen be a great year; let me be pretty and popular and let Webb . . . it’s too big a dream to even put the rest into words. Then she hears a noise in the woods that she can’t ignore and takes a path that changes her life forever.

Author Bio

Michelle Buckman lives with her husband and children near the Carolina coast, where she enjoys spending her free time walking the long stretches of sandy beaches. She shares news and welcomes comments from readers through her website at www.michellebuckman.com.

Author Review

That wise and wonderful Southern writer, Lee Smith, once observed, “I was at a point in my life where all my friends, women I had grown up with, were suddenly floundering, because we were following someone else’s idea of who we ought to be and what we ought to do.”
I remembered Lee Smith’s remark soon after I began reading Michelle Buckman’s excellent new novel, “Maggie Come Lately.” How well it dramatizes the predicament of young Maggie McCarthy. We are present at that moment when she was four years old and her entire life shifted. We meet her later in present time - a perfect daughter, a perfect substitute mother to her siblings, a perfect student, and a perfect friend. There is only one problem. Influenced by to the pressure of society, submitting to the circumstance of her position in the family, responding to every demand made upon her to conform to what is expected of her, Maggie has neglected to become her true self.
That voyage of self-discovery begins on her sixteenth birthday when she first assumes the role of surrogate mother to her orphaned siblings, of willing housekeeper to her widower father, of compliant friend to her schoolmates.
Under Mrs. Buckman’s skilled hand we live through Maggie’s longing for someone to love her and her eventual discovery of that love. We share her dismay when her father courts a totally inappropriate second wife, and we experience along with Maggie’s her deep concern when a younger brother begins to retreat from life.
A shocking event early on, the murder of one of her classmates, shadows the action and the fabric of the book.
The suspense is intense for a work primarily intended for youthful readers, but the author knows what she is doing and the reader is compelled to keep reading until the surprising climax.
While this book is directed toward a younger readership it can also prompt each of us to reflect on who we are and how we got that way. As Lee Smith asks, “Are we someone else’s idea of who we ought to be,” or are we our true selves? - Earl Hamner (Creator of The Waltons and Falcon Crest, author of Spencers Mountain and The Homecoming)
“It was amazing. I loved it! Despite everything that's going on, I had time to read another amazing book by Michelle Buckman. With Maggie Come Lately, I was completely drawn in by her characters and real-life issues that she tackled in the story. In her second book, My Beautiful Disaster, she drew me in even more with her compelling story about Maggie's best friend-turned-sister, Dixie. In Dixie's story, she goes through love, loss, fear, and redemption. I can honestly say that I felt Dixie’s emotions when I read her words. I felt my chest puff up with pride as if I knew her myself. I felt connected. I could not put the book down for three days straight. You want a good read? You're looking at it." - Jordin Sparks, American Idol winner 2007

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Author/Artist Review

Author: Michelle Buckman
Located in: South Carolina
Submitted: November 30, 2007

    Tell us a little about yourself.  Although born in New York, I've lived most of my life in the south and love adding that southern flavor to my stories.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  As a mother of four teenagers (and a baby), I wanted to create a story that offered girls respite from the typical secular stories that insinuate premarital relationships as being the norm. Maggie's struggle to become popular force her to face this issue and incorporate her faith and beliefs in to her decision.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  A realistic view of a teen facing a contemporary relationship and weighing it against her faith. Sharing Maggie's journey will help other girls see how they can stand up for their beliefs.

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  The night the proposal was due to be turned in, I had to attend a workshop at our church in order to become a volunteer working with youth. The workshop included a segment on how to spot child molesters as well as personal accounts of two child molesters on video telling how they convinced youth to give in to them. When I learned that 1:4 girls in the States today are molested (by coaches, teachers, and church workers), I knew God was nudging me to include that info in the story--not graphically, but just enough to reach out to children and teens who found themselves in such a situation. It's staggering to think of looking around a classroom at school or church and imagine that many children being abused without recourse, or afraid to tell an adult. After the meeting, I revised the story outline.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  My faith is my biggest influence, and I pray nightly that God guides in me in what I write. In terms of authors, my favorite is Anne Tyler.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  I'm very excited to announce that Jordin Sparks, American Idol 2007, endorsed the Pathway Collection. Jordin is not only a fantastic vocalist, she is a Christian teen who stands for purity and abstinence. She is also pro-life, which is why book two, My Beautiful Disaster, appealed to her. I couldn't have a more appropriate celebrity endorsement. Older folks may be interested to hear that Earl Hamner, creator of The Waltons, ("John-boy"), and author of Spencer's Mountain and The Homecoming, has also reviewed the book. They can read his review on my website.

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