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At Hog Wallow Middle School, May Ellen Bird was always slightly invisible. Then she went on a long trip to the land of the dead, where ghost towns glowed blue in the dark dusk and spooky specters dwelled in cities on the Dead Sea. Back on Earth at last, May and her hairless cat, Somber Kitty, are now famous, their faces plastered across souvenirs and sportswear that read At Hog Wallow Middle School, May Ellen Bird was always slightly invisible. Then she went on a long trip to the land of the dead, where ghost towns glowed blue in the dark dusk and spooky specters dwelled in cities on the Dead Sea. Back on Earth at last, May and her hairless cat, Somber Kitty, are now famous, their faces plastered across souvenirs and sportswear that read "May Bird Went to the Land of the Dead and All She Brought Me Was This Lousy T-Shirt." But, finally in the spotlight, May feels more than ever that she doesn't belong. Every night she sits by her bedroom window, gazing at the sky and dreaming of another place, wishing -- despite herself -- to be back among the ghosts. And then one night she gets her heart's desire in a way she would never have wished for. Only the Ever After isn't anything like the world May left behind three years ago. The spirits have vanished, and the towns -- once full of every manner of things that go bump in the night -- are deserted. Evil Bo Cleevil has made the Ever After as cold as his own frigid soul, and put up a bunch of tacky malls to boot. Now, with her friends missing and enemies all around her, May must find her way to the edge of the universe, where night swallows the stars, where allies are few and often have bad breath, where endings can also be beginnings, and where the truest hero lurks in the unlikeliest of souls. But Bo Cleevil's got one last trick up his sleeve -- one that no one on Earth is ready for. With the worlds of the living and the dead in the balance, will May's courage fail her one last time? Or will she finally become the warrior she was always meant to be?


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At Hog Wallow Middle School, May Ellen Bird was always slightly invisible. Then she went on a long trip to the land of the dead, where ghost towns glowed blue in the dark dusk and spooky specters dwelled in cities on the Dead Sea. Back on Earth at last, May and her hairless cat, Somber Kitty, are now famous, their faces plastered across souvenirs and sportswear that read At Hog Wallow Middle School, May Ellen Bird was always slightly invisible. Then she went on a long trip to the land of the dead, where ghost towns glowed blue in the dark dusk and spooky specters dwelled in cities on the Dead Sea. Back on Earth at last, May and her hairless cat, Somber Kitty, are now famous, their faces plastered across souvenirs and sportswear that read "May Bird Went to the Land of the Dead and All She Brought Me Was This Lousy T-Shirt." But, finally in the spotlight, May feels more than ever that she doesn't belong. Every night she sits by her bedroom window, gazing at the sky and dreaming of another place, wishing -- despite herself -- to be back among the ghosts. And then one night she gets her heart's desire in a way she would never have wished for. Only the Ever After isn't anything like the world May left behind three years ago. The spirits have vanished, and the towns -- once full of every manner of things that go bump in the night -- are deserted. Evil Bo Cleevil has made the Ever After as cold as his own frigid soul, and put up a bunch of tacky malls to boot. Now, with her friends missing and enemies all around her, May must find her way to the edge of the universe, where night swallows the stars, where allies are few and often have bad breath, where endings can also be beginnings, and where the truest hero lurks in the unlikeliest of souls. But Bo Cleevil's got one last trick up his sleeve -- one that no one on Earth is ready for. With the worlds of the living and the dead in the balance, will May's courage fail her one last time? Or will she finally become the warrior she was always meant to be?

30 review for May Bird, Warrior Princess

  1. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    Oh my good God. I remember buying May Bird and the Ever After when I was 11. I loved it to tears (literally) and lent to my two best friends at the time, in succession, and we were all hooked. Being in the frenzy that I was, I found May Bird Among the Stars soon after and adored it just as much as I did the fist. The ending seemed so subtle, so complete in it's questions and answers left unsolved, that I didn't question my inner self telling me that it was just a two book sort of deal. So imagin Oh my good God. I remember buying May Bird and the Ever After when I was 11. I loved it to tears (literally) and lent to my two best friends at the time, in succession, and we were all hooked. Being in the frenzy that I was, I found May Bird Among the Stars soon after and adored it just as much as I did the fist. The ending seemed so subtle, so complete in it's questions and answers left unsolved, that I didn't question my inner self telling me that it was just a two book sort of deal. So imagine my surprise when, years later I discover that this whole time, there was a goddamn THIRD BOOK! I was in shock, then began a frantic search for it. Seeing as how it had been out for some time, it was never in any of the sections I look in at book stores. But I happened upon it online, bought it, read it, and promptly died and went to the Ever After. I LOVED this book! I thought Among the Stars was good? No. This book defines closure. There was opening for imagination, there was heart wrenching tears, shock, surprise, God don't even get me started on Pumpkin. It was well worth the wait, no matter how much I wish I could have read it sooner.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Clara

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. man i cant believe this is the end... when ever you finish a series it feels like your losing your babies! (characters) (yes a cassjaytuck reference) but i"m serious!! its just awful! but i did love the books and its been a magical journey that i loved being part of. i loved seeing may abit older then she was in the first book, and it was her birthday, and then she and somber kitty died and......... oops. ya there are spoilers..... oh i hated pumpkins reaction.... it was sad for him, a girl he kne man i cant believe this is the end... when ever you finish a series it feels like your losing your babies! (characters) (yes a cassjaytuck reference) but i"m serious!! its just awful! but i did love the books and its been a magical journey that i loved being part of. i loved seeing may abit older then she was in the first book, and it was her birthday, and then she and somber kitty died and......... oops. ya there are spoilers..... oh i hated pumpkins reaction.... it was sad for him, a girl he knew for a long time dead. but the whole story played out very nicely and then pumpkin became a star........ again oops. i cried so bad when pumpkin became a star but its what he had to do. i loved reading the series and sad to see it stop but hey, they say what you love you have to set free or something like that right?

  3. 4 out of 5

    Breana

    As good as the other two. Its was great that May got to go back to the other world but i kinda thought Pumpkin should had talked to her without the dude.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    I love Somber Kitty. He is an ugly, loyal, courageous cat. May Bird has to discover who she is. Pumpkin is a very cute sounding ghost. Have fun!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Lewandowski

    This was a strange little book series that I “pre-read” to see if it was ok for my sensitive daughter. It’s definitely not, but that’s not to say I didn’t enjoy it. It’s quite morbid, but the characters were interesting, and the friendships were beautiful, so I read the second two books just to see how it would end. I definitely don’t recommend this to young children, but it would probably be enjoyable for teens or young adults (or even older ones, like me ;)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Memsy

    Okay. So there was a very interesting twist at the beginning that I DIDN'T expect. So that was good. All together, a GREAT ending to the trilogy. Loved this book so much!! This is one of those series where I just want to keep reading and reading! :) Okay. So there was a very interesting twist at the beginning that I DIDN'T expect. So that was good. All together, a GREAT ending to the trilogy. Loved this book so much!! This is one of those series where I just want to keep reading and reading! :)

  7. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Bowling

    All the stars. ❤️😭 Almost better reading this series as an adult than when I was a kid.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Celia

    I didn't know this book existed until I did a book report on the first. I think the story could have comfortably ended after the second book. I didn't particularly enjoy the ending of this book I didn't know this book existed until I did a book report on the first. I think the story could have comfortably ended after the second book. I didn't particularly enjoy the ending of this book

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kailey (Luminous Libro)

    A solid ending to this great trilogy! May is back in the Ever After, reunited with her ghostly friends, and hunted and hounded by her enemies once again. The plot moves quickly with tons of quirky and hilarious scenes. My favorite characters are back with the silly dialogue and camaraderie that warms my heart! May is definitely a winsome character. She wants so badly to be "good", to be brave, to be what her friends need her to be; but she also has this wild nature that leaves her fighting agains A solid ending to this great trilogy! May is back in the Ever After, reunited with her ghostly friends, and hunted and hounded by her enemies once again. The plot moves quickly with tons of quirky and hilarious scenes. My favorite characters are back with the silly dialogue and camaraderie that warms my heart! May is definitely a winsome character. She wants so badly to be "good", to be brave, to be what her friends need her to be; but she also has this wild nature that leaves her fighting against herself. She often wishes that she could just fit in, but finally comes to accept that she was born to shine, born to be a warrior. May and her friends crack me up! The whole ghostly crew is so much fun and I love their snappy dialogue and little heart-felt moments when they support and encourage each other. I'm so emotionally attached to all these characters now! I still don't really like the ghostly Halloween-type setting. The world building is VERY good, with lots of interesting details and excellent descriptions. But that kind of setting just doesn't appeal to me with all the cobwebs and ghouls and slime. I loved the magical bits though, and the tour of the universe with stargazing being prominent in the plot! I loved the ending! It was the perfect conclusion to this last book! (view spoiler)[ The fact that it was Pumpkin who ultimately saves the world, and NOT May, was absolutely perfect! After all her angst about saving the world and being the warrior who rescues the cosmos, it was little cowardly Pumpkin, the house ghost who she told to go hide, who sacrifices it all and saves the world. Simply brilliant on so many levels! First of all, it was surprising that the hero does nothing heroic at the last. Secondly, it shows that the small one, the weak one, the cowardly one CAN be the hero! Thirdly, it worked because Bo Cleevil never expected a threat from that direction. Such great writing, especially since the mystery around the Bridge of Souls was built up through the whole book. (hide spoiler)] I love this whole trilogy!

  10. 5 out of 5

    EAL

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. What happened to the May Bird series? Book one was fantastic. Book two, so bad that I came into this book without any hope. Well, at least that left me with very little room for further disappointment. It was shorter than the other books, less complex, and completely devoid of the sense of wonder that permeated throughout book one. The humor was also worse. But all of that I expected. What I was not prepared for: -the forced romantic tension between Lucius and May. Could that have been handled an What happened to the May Bird series? Book one was fantastic. Book two, so bad that I came into this book without any hope. Well, at least that left me with very little room for further disappointment. It was shorter than the other books, less complex, and completely devoid of the sense of wonder that permeated throughout book one. The humor was also worse. But all of that I expected. What I was not prepared for: -the forced romantic tension between Lucius and May. Could that have been handled any less clumsily? -the final battle. Completely anticlimatic, and the reveal of Bo Cleevil not having a real face was utterly cliche. -the ending. Characters. Should. Not. Come. Back. To. Life. Reincarnation I am fine with, but if a dead character comes back without any issues, then I start having serious problems. I have never, ever seen deus ex machina used in such a way. Good points? The appearance of Legume was surprising in a good way. And there was closure. But aside from that...each successive book has been worse.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Veronica

    I've never been so sad to see someone live to the end of their book. This last in the May Bird series was a special treat, where May had a little more gumption, and isn't just ducking behind corners all the time. She was special from the beginning, just like any little girl with half of an imagination. In this installment, though, she was far more likeable than the first two books. I would have wished for more conclusion. The deus ex machina at the end was a little too much, and I think it was onl I've never been so sad to see someone live to the end of their book. This last in the May Bird series was a special treat, where May had a little more gumption, and isn't just ducking behind corners all the time. She was special from the beginning, just like any little girl with half of an imagination. In this installment, though, she was far more likeable than the first two books. I would have wished for more conclusion. The deus ex machina at the end was a little too much, and I think it was only added because it is a children's book. Senseless, if you ask me, because the whole series is built around the facts of life and death. Either way, she seemed to just kind of go back to her flightly fearful ways at the end, even after the dreadful concluding battle. I would have wished for her to take more of a part in rebuilding the Ever After. But instead she just slunk away to do chores, and then went home. As far as conclusions go, it was lackluster, but for someone looking for an easy, entertaining read, this would work.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. (Caution: SPOILER) I was kind of disappointed with the direction the series took because of May's death. However, I still think this is a great series of books for older kids. I love the writing, love the whole idea of the book and, especially, love the character of May. She's an inspiration for any kid who feels scared, uncertain or out-of-place in their own life. (Caution: SPOILER) I was kind of disappointed with the direction the series took because of May's death. However, I still think this is a great series of books for older kids. I love the writing, love the whole idea of the book and, especially, love the character of May. She's an inspiration for any kid who feels scared, uncertain or out-of-place in their own life.

  13. 5 out of 5

    jules

    This book was so awesome, too! I can't believe I'm just now remembering that I read it! This really surprised me because of the thing that happened at the beginning. Whoa did not see that coming!(Maybe I should have, though) I don't want to give it away, so that is why I am keeping it secret, though you'd find out soon enough if you read it. This book was so awesome, too! I can't believe I'm just now remembering that I read it! This really surprised me because of the thing that happened at the beginning. Whoa did not see that coming!(Maybe I should have, though) I don't want to give it away, so that is why I am keeping it secret, though you'd find out soon enough if you read it.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kassie K.

    May's third book was not as good as the first two. The characters were clear, but I sometimes got confused with the settings. I like May better when she's 10, not 13. She seemed braver at age 10. But, besides that, it was a pretty good book. The end was especially exciting. May's third book was not as good as the first two. The characters were clear, but I sometimes got confused with the settings. I like May better when she's 10, not 13. She seemed braver at age 10. But, besides that, it was a pretty good book. The end was especially exciting.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I was surprised there was another book created but I'm glad there was. This book closed a lot of gaps left open in the second book and Somber Kitty becomes a Daddy to ghost kitties...work that one out in your head. I was surprised there was another book created but I'm glad there was. This book closed a lot of gaps left open in the second book and Somber Kitty becomes a Daddy to ghost kitties...work that one out in your head.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Isabella

    may bird was the very first big kid series i ever read when i was in 5th grade. it is the best kid series in my opinion! this is the last installment of the series when little may bird is all grown up! but she still has some ever after business to take care of!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Alexis

    I love this book! There was only one thing that I did not like it was towards the end and involved a rocket. Other than that five stars pumpkin is a huge hero. Kitty meets someone new. And the crew is back pumpkin may Fabbio Beatrice.

  18. 4 out of 5

    S

    So beautiful. The ending made me cry hard. I wish there was an epilouge kind of thing to the story - I didn't want it to end! And I've noticed Anderson looks A LOT like May. Hmm. . . . So beautiful. The ending made me cry hard. I wish there was an epilouge kind of thing to the story - I didn't want it to end! And I've noticed Anderson looks A LOT like May. Hmm. . . .

  19. 4 out of 5

    Condwiramurs

    This book was excellently written, but I don't like how May Bird got snappish with Pumpkin around the end, or the fact that he died. :( This book was excellently written, but I don't like how May Bird got snappish with Pumpkin around the end, or the fact that he died. :(

  20. 5 out of 5

    Zopdog

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The first 2 books? Pretty alright. I grew up on them and they really were my favourite. This one? No. I get the impression anderson rushed through this one. Throwing around bad cliches and a forced romance, along with repetitive sentence structure. But these things are all forgivable, especially remembering the target audience. Its fine! But the ending? What??? NASA?? The magic bring you back to life powder that was NEVER previously mentioned?? Are you KIDDING ME?? There's just so much wrong with it! The first 2 books? Pretty alright. I grew up on them and they really were my favourite. This one? No. I get the impression anderson rushed through this one. Throwing around bad cliches and a forced romance, along with repetitive sentence structure. But these things are all forgivable, especially remembering the target audience. Its fine! But the ending? What??? NASA?? The magic bring you back to life powder that was NEVER previously mentioned?? Are you KIDDING ME?? There's just so much wrong with it!! There were a million other easier and more plausible ways May could have gotten home alive (or, yknow she could have just stayed dead too and that would have been fine) but no! Nasa is here! And they are bringing a ship full of bs!! I'm pretty sure the Ever After was something like 7 lightyears away from earth too. It may be fiction, but theres no way a spaceship from 2008 would be able to traverse 7 lightyears in even 1 year. Come ON Pumpkin sacrificing himself? Solid! Bo Cleevil's dialogue? Not solid! Nothing he said was anywhere near as frightening and impactful as it could've been. This book made me so mad. I rated it 2 stars for the first 2 books. Thats all youre getting, Jodi.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jillian

    I seriously love this book. It epitomizes everything I love about middle grade books- on the surface it’s a quirky adventure story with all the right elements, and then there’s the beautiful themes of love, friendship, and being yourself that come shining through. I love it more each time I read it. This is just the kind of book I’d like to write one day. “But strangely, she didn’t feel alone at all. She felt like everyone who’d loved her, and every brave thing she’d ever done, stood behind her, I seriously love this book. It epitomizes everything I love about middle grade books- on the surface it’s a quirky adventure story with all the right elements, and then there’s the beautiful themes of love, friendship, and being yourself that come shining through. I love it more each time I read it. This is just the kind of book I’d like to write one day. “But strangely, she didn’t feel alone at all. She felt like everyone who’d loved her, and every brave thing she’d ever done, stood behind her, holding her up.” “Since then, the Ever After has not gone magically back to the way it had been. Nothing broken heals that quickly. It would take time, and patience, and hope- and slowly, over years, it would begin to grow back into what it had been. Maybe it would even be a little better.” “Waiting for May Bird to come home for good.”

  22. 4 out of 5

    LeeAnn

    This is a fun fantasy, along the lines of Percy Jackson or Alice in Wonderland, but more fun. I also felt it had a kinship with Disney's Haunted Mansion ride (and a huge nod to the world of D&D). I loved the author's use of simile and metaphor throughout - any preteen will pick right up on it! And -- a map! No epic journey is complete without one! And May Bird is certainly an epic hero. This entire book is her story of accepting her destiny and finding her purpose. (And the BEST epilogue ending This is a fun fantasy, along the lines of Percy Jackson or Alice in Wonderland, but more fun. I also felt it had a kinship with Disney's Haunted Mansion ride (and a huge nod to the world of D&D). I loved the author's use of simile and metaphor throughout - any preteen will pick right up on it! And -- a map! No epic journey is complete without one! And May Bird is certainly an epic hero. This entire book is her story of accepting her destiny and finding her purpose. (And the BEST epilogue ending ever) pg 31 -- "Standing in the hallway, with her mind light-years away, in a snowy forest at the northern edge of the world of ghosts, she was a sort of May-shaped hole. It seemed that for all her life, she would feel like she belonged in neither one place nor the other. She would only ever belong somewhere in between."

  23. 5 out of 5

    Cecilia Rodriguez

    May Bird is now thirteen years old and is struggling with the notoriety her adventures in the Ever After, upon her return the Hog Wallow Virginia. May is still worried about the friends that she left behind, when she receives a mysterious phone call pleading for help. No longer a child, May sees the Ever After with different eyes.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Erik Martinez

    never finished this series when i was a kid. finishing it now in my childhood bedroom feels like fulfilling a promise to my younger self and today i feel young and happy and full of goodness :-))) hilarious to think that if i have kids (lol gurlinas!) i will be forcing them to read this series !

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ruby Ridge

    A nice ending to the trilogy, May is great as usual. Somber Kitty and Pumpkin give great support, Bea and Bertha step up a level and Lucius is a pain in the ass as usual (even more so this time) Loved the series 4½ stars rounded up

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kamaria

    This was sort of a disappointing end to the trilogy. I almost wish that I never read it. The first book was so good, I don't understand how the second and third be this mediocre. There were so many loose ends and I was so distraught. Not a good end for me at all. This was sort of a disappointing end to the trilogy. I almost wish that I never read it. The first book was so good, I don't understand how the second and third be this mediocre. There were so many loose ends and I was so distraught. Not a good end for me at all.

  27. 5 out of 5

    TheOneWhoReads!

    I loved this book! I do not usually reread books, but I did this one because it was so great!!! This book hooked me so badly that I still cant let go of it and I cried in the end demanding for a fourth book! It is still one of my favorites and will always have a dear place in my heart!!!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kasia

    was on par with the second book. felt a bit rushed in some aspects.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    Endings are always bittersweet, but I will never not love this books. Just the right way to say goodbye to this series.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Blessing

    I haven't read it but I am reading book number one and I'm a fan of Jodi Lynn Anderson I love this book you should write 100 of them or infinity I haven't read it but I am reading book number one and I'm a fan of Jodi Lynn Anderson I love this book you should write 100 of them or infinity

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