May Bird and the Ever After

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May Bird and the ever after
Author Jodi Lynn Anderson
Country United States
Language English
Series The May Bird Series
Genre Young Adult literature/Fantasy/Action
Publisher Atheneum
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)

336 (Original hardcover)

pages = 317 Paperback
ISBN 0-689-86923-1
OCLC 56404439
LC Class PZ7.A53675 Mayb 2005
Followed by May Bird: Among the Stars (Book Two)

May Bird and the Ever After is a fantasy/action novel by Jodi Lynn Anderson. It was released in 2005 and was the first book in the May Bird series. It was published by Antheneum.


May Bird lives alone with her mother and her cat, Somber Kitty (a hairless Rex) on the edge of a wooded swamp in West Virginia. She loves to draw and make believe, but doesn't fit in at school. Most people aren't very comfortable in the woods, but the woods of Briery Swamp fit May Bird like a fuzzy mitten. There, she is safe from school and the taunts and teases of kids who don't understand her. Hidden in the trees, May is a warrior princess, and her cat is her brave guardian. Then May falls into the lake. When she crawls out, May finds herself in a world that is inhabited by things she thought were just in her imagination. She sees many, many ghosts and other amazing creatures. A ghost named Pumpkin, (with a pumpkin head) was her guardian and followed her into the lake to help her through. So did her faithful cat after she did not return. It is a place few live ones (living people) have ever seen. Here, towns glow blue beneath zipping stars and the people walk through walls. Here the Book of the Dead holds the answers to everything in the universe. And here, if May is discovered, the horrifyingly evil Bo Cleevil will destroy her. May Bird must get out. This is the beginning of May Bird's daring journey into the Ever After, a haunting place where true friends—and many terrible foes—await her on every corner. She gets help from Pumpkin, her house ghost/guardian, who lives with the Beekeeper Arista in a giant house shaped like a beehive. She is told that she needs to go see the Lady of North Farm, a place no ghost is willing to go. Along the journey May meets new friends and sees new cites full of unimaginable sights. She faces many adventures with characters that you will discover when you read this book.

The first is "May-Bird" The second book is "May-Bird, Among the Stars" and there is a third called "May-Bird, Warrior Princess"


The novel received a very positive reception from critics and readers.