Books by Martha Brooks

Winner of the Governor General's Award for English Language Literature for her haunting True Confessions of a Heartless Girl (2003), Canadian author Martha Brooks plumbs her childhood among tuberculosis patients at the Manitoba Sanitarium, where her father worked, for her newest novel, Queen of Hearts. Kirkus called the tale of tubercular teen Marie-Claire "an emotionally rich, stirring story of friendship, loss, love and healing." This award-winning author is also an award-winning jazz singer with a range of 3 1/2 octaves.


WINTER MOON SONG by Martha Brooks
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 12, 2014

"A subtle tale, perhaps best read to a thoughtful child in the intimate setting of a winter bedtime. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Quiet but joyful, this is an original story based on a traditional theme found in many cultures. Read full book review >
QUEEN OF HEARTS by Martha Brooks
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 2, 2011

"It's a testament to Brooks' fine and empathetic writing (Mistik Lake, 2007, etc.) that she's able to bring vividly and compassionately to life the parallel/alternate world of what Marie-Claire calls 'TB exiles' and create an emotionally rich, stirring story about loss, friendship, love and healing. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 12 & up)"
An absorbing and quietly moving coming-of-age story about a French-Canadian teenager during World War II who contracts tuberculosis, along with her younger brother and sister, and is confined to a local sanatorium for long-term care just before her 16th birthday. Read full book review >
MISTIK LAKE by Martha Brooks
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 25, 2007

"An exceptional writer, Brooks once again immerses readers in a fully realized fictional world and leaves them potentially wiser for the experience. (Fiction. YA)"
This beautifully crafted novel explores the lives and secrets of three generations of females in a Canadian family, especially teenager Odella, who narrates most chapters. Read full book review >
TRUE CONFESSIONS OF A HEARTLESS GIRL by Martha Brooks
FICTION
Released: March 11, 2003

"She seems to know the place and people intimately and, through them, she shares her vision of the richness of ordinary life in all its pain and glory. (Fiction. YA)"
Set during ten days in July, this beautifully written story explores the effect of a stranger on a small town. Read full book review >
BEING WITH HENRY by Martha Brooks
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2000

"Brooks deals with universal adolescent themes of home, self, and romance with a fresh hand, creating a memorable story that begs repeating. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Born from the short story `The Kindness of Strangers` in her collection Traveling on into the Light and Other Stories (1994) Brooks builds a delicately tuned novel in three parts that pays homage to Capote in its treatment of characters, but stands strongly on its own. Read full book review >
BONE DANCE by Martha Brooks
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

A finely written, nimble book that implies that strangers can be bound, sometimes, even before they meet. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Just perfect. (Fiction/Stories. 12+)"
Brooks (Two Moons in August, 1992, etc.) offers 11 more beautiful stories about sensitive teenagers with sad lives. Read full book review >
TWO MOONS IN AUGUST by Martha Brooks
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"A deeply engaging story, to be savored and reread. (Fiction. 12+)"
In a poignant present-tense narrative illuminated by bittersweet memories, Sidonie, 16, evokes her family's continuing tension and grief since her mother's death a year ago, describing their valiant efforts to go on with their lives. Read full book review >
PARADISE CAFE by Martha Brooks
Released: Nov. 1, 1990

In a riveting collection, Brooks presents vivid, convincing portraits of teen-agers experiencing the throes of first love, facing the death of a beloved old dog, muddling through but then achieving miracles in a single-parent family, and much more. Read full book review >