A Good Place for Maggie


by Ofelia Dumas Lachtman

ISBN: 978-1-55885-372-0
Publication Date: 2002
Format: Trade Paperback
Pages: 160
Imprint: Piñata Books
11 and up

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“Twisted Creek? Are you sure?” a gas station attendant asks the bewildered Maggie Cruz, when she stops in a remote gas station alongside a desolate road. The old man’s questions stay with Maggie as she drives up into the mountains toward Twisted Creek, but Maggie is on a mission. She is hoping to escape the lonely house her mother keeps in Los Angeles, and she hopes to reconnect with the memories of her late father through her beloved grandfather, a resident of Twisted Creek.

But from the minute Maggie arrives, Twisted Creek is a major adjustment. After navigating the neglected road into town, Maggie discovers a place where there are very few cars, no cell phone reception, no TV, and none of the modern comforts of home. When Maggie enrolls at the local school, she discovers that there, too, things are… different from home. With a class of six people, no soft drinks, and the only weekend activities involving ice cream and watching The Wizard of Oz multiple times, Maggie begins to wonder what happened to the town. But quiet is exactly what she wants, isn’t it?

Maggie is inadvertently drawn into a battle over the progress that she detests back home and the pitfalls of life in an isolated town. Soon, Maggie begins to question her own need to escape and the problems she has left in Los Angeles.