Books by Martha Weston

ACT I, ACT II, ACT NORMAL by Martha Weston
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2003

"Topher navigates his way through it all and finds success on the stage and a sure sense of his place in the world. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Into the middle school world of Populars, Jocks, Goths, Losers, and generally pissed-off and kiss-ass kids comes Christopher Blakely, known as Topher to his friends. Read full book review >
TUCK’S HAUNTED HOUSE by Martha Weston
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 23, 2002

"Slapstick comedy on scale for pint-sized readers, fans will rejoice in this follow-up tale featuring the zany antics of this inimitable piglet pair. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Weston's piggy siblings, Tuck and Bunny (Tuck in the Pool, 1995), finally return for a humorous Halloween escapade. Read full book review >
THE DINOSAURS MEET DR. CLOCK by Martha Weston
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 2002

"Though only time will tell, Dr. Clock seems ready to rock on with more adventures in his time-travel machine. (Easy reader. 4-8)"
Time-travel, dinosaurs, and a scientist-inventor add up to a simple but satisfying equation in this mid-level easy reader. Dr. Clock travels in his time machine to the era of the dinosaurs, where he meets two plant-eating pachycephalosauri (cleverly introduced in the text with phonetic pronunciation of their tongue-twisting title). Read full book review >
OWEN FOOTE, SUPER SPY by Stephanie Greene
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 2001

"A lighthearted spirit and smart dialogue will keep young readers chanting for more of this funny fellow, even if they do end up wearing underwear on their heads. (Fiction. 7-10)"
If wearing handmade camouflage underwear on your head makes you a great spy, then Owen Foote might just be the next 007, but Owen and his friends discover that maybe there is such as thing as knowing too much. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 11, 2001

"The familiar characters, basic plot, and illustrated pages of these simple chapter books build confidence in children who are just starting to read and who look forward to a new mystery. (Easy reader. 6-9)"
Beginning Readers' favorite young pancake-eating detective is back with his latest case. Read full book review >
ANNIE AND BO AND THE BIG SURPRISE by Elizabeth Partridge
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"It's fun having friends no matter what the circumstances, and part of that fun could be reading this together, with its voice parts—veritable bursts of prose—for an amiable duet. (Easy reader. 5-8)"
Partridge's (Oranges on Golden Mountain, p. 56, etc.) story is sweet and gentle and, if it is not highly (or even remotely) original, it will give beginning readers some fast-clipping exercise. Read full book review >
OWEN FOOTE, MONEY MAN by Stephanie Greene
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 18, 2000

"A wise, witty addition to Greene's successful series. (Fiction. 8-10)"
In his quest for easy moolah, Owen learns that the road to financial solvency can be rocky and fraught with work. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"As usual with the Nate the Great books, this story will be great fun for the first- or second-grade reader. (Easy reader. 7-9)"
Nate the Great is back and in fine form. Read full book review >
CATS ARE LIKE THAT by Martha Weston
Released: March 15, 1999

"In four manageable chapters, this warm story offers an achievable challenge to those moving beyond beginning reader status. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Three fish and a curious cat make for a rambunctious tale in this Level 2 Holiday House Reader from Weston (Bad Baby Brother, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >
HOW WILL THE EASTER BUNNY KNOW? by Kay Winters
Released: Feb. 9, 1999

"Weston's full-color illustrations capture Mike's fears, doubts, determination, and final joy; Winters's book comforts children and reminds them of the power of belief. (Picture book. 5-8)"
paper 0-440-41499-7 When Mike learns that he will be spending Easter at his grandmother's house on Staten Island, he worries that the Easter Bunny will be unable to locate him and deliver goodies. Read full book review >
OWEN FOOTE, SOCCER STAR by Stephanie Greene
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 23, 1998

"With realistic black-and-white drawings to capture some of the action, this is a lightweight, neatly wrapped package of uplift. (Fiction. 7-9)"
A second grader sees adults making mistakes, and helps one grown-up get it right in this predictable empowerment story, a sequel to Owen Foote, Second Grade Strongman (1996). Read full book review >
BAD BABY BROTHER by Martha Weston
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 14, 1997

"Weston (Bea's 4 Bears, 1992, etc.) emphasizes the older sister's concerns by inserting dialogue into the frames of watercolor and colored-pencil pictures. (Picture book. 2-4)"
An adequate look at the arrival of a baby brother, told from a precocious older sister's perspective. Read full book review >
SOCIAL SMARTS by Elizabeth James
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 20, 1996

A book of advice, subtitled ``Manners for Today's Kids,'' on how to deal with various issues of etiquette, including introductions, school dances, family vacations, meals, parties, hospitalized and bereaved friends, and many others. Read full book review >
CORA AND THE ELEPHANTS by Lissa Rovetch
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1995

"Cozy pen and watercolor illustrations enliven this sweet tale, one that encourages curiosity, adventure, and the plumbing of one's feelings. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Cora is a young girl happily living with an elephant family in Africa. Read full book review >
BEA'S 4 BEARS by Martha Weston
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 23, 1992

"A satisfying story that is also a winning introduction to counting- -appropriate Arabic numerals and their equivalents in dots appear unobtrusively in the colored margins of each page. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Off for a picnic, Bea leaves one of her four toy bears with her dog; then another needs a bath to get the peanut butter off his nose. Read full book review >
DO YOU WANNA BET? by Jean Cushman
NUMBERS AND COUNTING
Released: Oct. 28, 1991

"Nonetheless, a lively introduction that may hook a budding physicist (or gambler) on the endless fascination of the vagaries of numbers. (Nonfiction. 9+)"
Brian and Danny are introduced to the laws of chance through coin tossing, spinner and card games, and the weather; they even discover that whenever 23 or more people get together, chances are better than even that at least two will have the same birthday. Read full book review >
THE SIERRA CLUB BOOK OF WEATHERWISDOM by Vicki McVey
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1991

"Glossary; index. (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
This ``Complete Guide for Young Forecasters'' consists of a meandering description of weather and climate, together with experiments and activities to illustrate weather principles. Read full book review >