May Bird, Warrior Princess – Jodi Lynn Anderson
Atheneum Books for Young Readers – 2007
Hardcover: 978-0-689-86925-9, $16.99, 244 pages
Back from the Ever after, May Ellen Bird has become famous. No one really believes that she went to the land of the dead, especially not her mother, but her name and face are plastered across souvenirs and T-Shirts. Happy to be back with her mother, part of her still yearns to be back in the Ever After with her friends. She waits for a sign from the Lady of North Woods calling her back to help fight Evil Bo Cleevil. As the months pass with no sign, she slowly begins to forget. Three years later, strange things start to happen and she begins to remember. On her thirteenth birthday, May gets her wish to return to the Ever After… just not the way she thought she would. Even more startling, the Ever After she has returned to isn’t the one she left. The cheerful land of the dead is now eerily empty, and Evil Bo Cleevil is in charge. He has a plan for the Ever After, and for Earth. Can May Bird find her friends and stop him once and for all?
The third installment in the May Bird series was just as much fun as the first two. May is now three years older than when she left, and some of her friends aren’t too sure they like the changes that have come with her growing a bit older. Not only is she older, but she has changed in other ways as well. No longer the shy awkward little girl she was, May has become quite popular with her class mates. She has given up her drawings and inventions for makeup and posters of pop stars. Now, back among the first friends she ever had, May starts to question who she really is and where she belongs.
I really enjoyed this series. Jodi Lynn Anderson has a completely new take on the land of the dead that is a lot of fun to explore. Her characters are real, flawed, and some of the best adventure companions a young girl could ask for.