I have just finished reading "Just Maagy" by Virginia Burton Stringer and I want to say what an extremely interesting book it is. To set the scene for you, this is what appears in the Archway Publishing House Overview of the book.
Crown Princess Melania Abigail Alice Grace, Maagy, as she is called, is thirteen years old and is willful, spoiled, and tempestuous. She insists on having her own way, no matter what! If anyone argues, she either sulks or has a temper tantrum. Her aging father, King Henry, is at his wit's end and knows he must take drastic action soon for the good of his kingdom. He takes her to the Summer Castle in hopes the caretakers, an elderly couple called Grandpa Kris and Grandma Polly, who some consider to be enchanters, will teach her kindness, patience, humility and resourcefulness. As Maagy explores the enormous estate, she meets some odd and interesting people and uncovers delightful mysteries. Slowly but surely, the impetuous princess becomes wiser and more responsible. Along the way, her adventurous nature and insatiable curiosity lead her in and out of trouble, as her life changes dramatically in ways she could never have imagined.
First of all, I commend the author, Virginia Burton Stringer for having the insight and courage to take on a task such as this. Not only is her description of the young princess very interesting but the way she depicted this young child's feelings about her place in life, was very interesting also.
We, no matter where we live in this vast world, have experienced the anger and outbursts of children who feel that they are not appreciated or understood by all the adults that they encounter in their daily lives; be it parents, siblings, grandparents or teachers and this children's story so aptly illustrated this as "Maagy" began to mature and see her world in a different light.
I also loved the author's inclusion of a "glossary" for the reader to check the meaning of new or difficult words in the story and the drawings of each new event little Maagy encountered in young life.
And this story also illustrates the fact that "bullying" was just as terrible in that time and place as we find it to be in our "modern" society.
Would I recommend this story to others? YES
Virginia Burton Stringer has been an actor, director, and teacher of theatre art for forty years. Her experiences while raising two daughters and now watching her son raise his daughters served as the inspiration for Maagy. A published playwright, she lives with Bill, her husband of thirty-four years, in St. Petersburg, Florida. For more information visit the Author Website
By Virginia Burton Stringer