Books by Ann M. Martin

THE DOLL PEOPLE SET SAIL by Ann M. Martin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"Readers are guaranteed very smooth sailing. (not all final art seen) (Fantasy. 8-12)"
The Doll and Funcraft families are back—and the ocean's got 'em. Read full book review >
RAIN REIGN by Ann M. Martin
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"There is no fluff here, just sophisticated, emotionally honest storytelling. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A story about honorable living in the autistic-narrator genre that sets the bar high. Read full book review >
THE LONG WAY HOME by Ann M. Martin
Released: Nov. 1, 2013

"Despite some wooden writing, Martin succeeds here by illuminating the fraught family relationships strained by separation, financial stress and individual aspiration. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Martin continues the multigenerational saga begun in Better to Wish (2013) with this second entry, spanning the years 1955-1971. Read full book review >
BETTER TO WISH by Ann M. Martin
Released: May 1, 2013

"Some threads—whither Orrin?—are left dangling. But the deftly rendered theme of personal resilience, laced with romance and Americana, will earn this a deservedly wide audience. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Martin delivers the first novel of a planned quartet, set to span four generations of daughters. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"Here's hoping more unexpected good things are in store for the Littlefield family. (Fiction. 9-12)"
What starts out to be a bummer summer turns out well in retrospect. Read full book review >
Released: June 5, 2012

"These amusing tales, all of them strong and distinct, total up to a nice, easily accessible package that will be a hit with dog lovers. (Short stories. 9-12)"
Nine brief, sometimes pithy short stories explore children's interactions with man's (and kids') best friend. Read full book review >
TEN RULES FOR LIVING WITH MY SISTER by Ann M. Martin
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 27, 2011

"Martin has a gift for creating appealing characters in an atmosphere of caring and forgiveness. (Fiction. 9-12)"
New York City is the setting of Newbery Honor winner Martin's (A Corner of the Universe, 2002) latest, which deftly explores the discord between two sisters. Read full book review >
THE BABY-SITTERS CLUB by Ann M. Martin
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2010

"Book candy at its best. (Fiction. 8-12)"
The Baby-Sitters Club returns! Read full book review >
EVERYTHING FOR A DOG by Ann M. Martin
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Essential fare for fans of A Dog's Life or the perfectly crafted canine tale. (Fiction. 9-12)"
In this poignant companion to A Dog's Life (2005), Martin pursues her story of two homeless puppies from male puppy Bone's perspective, adding canine-related stories from two boys, Charlie and Henry. Read full book review >
THE RUNAWAY DOLLS by Ann M. Martin
Released: Oct. 7, 2008

"Hmmm, the dolls visit Dollywood? (Fantasy. 8-11)"
Fans of the first two Doll People stories will be thrilled with number three. Read full book review >
WELCOME TO CAMDEN FALLS by Ann M. Martin
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2007

"They will long to know how the girls fare in fourth and sixth grade and will be able to find out soon: The second in the series arrives in August just in time for school. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Orphans Flora and Ruby are moving in with Min, their maternal grandmother. Read full book review >
ON CHRISTMAS EVE by Ann M. Martin
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"The title, the appealing cover of the snow globe and Martin's name will sell this sentimental sleigh ride—most likely to grandparents. (Fiction. 8-10)"
Christmas stories tend to be sentimental, and this one is no exception. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Heart-wrenching as well as heart- warming. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Following the tradition of other realistic animal stories, this moving account of a stray dog's life experiences is told from the canine perspective. Read full book review >
HERE TODAY by Ann M. Martin
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Occasional loose ends in the plot put this a step below her best work, but Martin's fans will recognize Ellie's emotional struggle and breathe a sigh of relief at the ending. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Sixth-grader Eleanor Roosevelt Dingman lives on the wrong side of the tracks in Spectacle, New York, in 1963. Read full book review >
THE MEANEST DOLL IN THE WORLD by Ann M. Martin
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"With its indelible mingling of wit, action, characterization, and art, this stands alone, but will especially thrill expectant fans of the original Doll People. (Fiction. 7-11)"
In the further adventures of best friends Tiffany Funcraft and Annabelle Doll, the two are accidentally carried to a strange home in a school backpack. Read full book review >
A CORNER OF THE UNIVERSE by Ann M. Martin
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"A solid, affecting read. (Fiction. 11-13)"
In July of 1960, just as she is turning 12, Hattie Owen's quiet, solitary summer—occupied with books, the various residents of her parents' boarding house, small errands about town, and avoiding her grandmother—is disrupted, bringing a loss of a kind of innocence and a look at the wide borders of the world. Read full book review >
BELLE TEAL by Ann M. Martin
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

A young white girl witnesses the integration of her public school in the early 1960s South. Read full book review >
THE DOLL PEOPLE by Ann M. Martin
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"The whole is fabulously illustrated by Selznick, whose pictures have a shapely richness that captures not only the sturdy tubbiness of the modern dolls, but the fragile rigidity of the Victorian ones. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Little girls are in for a marvelous treat in this delicious fantasy that captures many of the rituals, fancies, and habits of girlhood with sweetness and honesty, while imparting gentle lessons about risk, self-fulfillment, and dealing with difference. Read full book review >
ELEVEN KIDS, ONE SUMMER by Ann M. Martin
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"Babysitters'' books. (Fiction. 8-12)"
An episodic story uniting the big, alphabetically named family in Ten Kids, No Pets (1988) with the leads from Just a Summer Romance (1987). Read full book review >