Books by Patricia Martin

FUGITIVE by Vita Ayala
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 21, 2019

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LULU ATLANTIS AND THE QUEST FOR TRUE BLUE LOVE by Patricia Martin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 8, 2008

Life is positively vexing for Lulu Atlantis at this particular moment in time. It isn't enough that her father is constantly away saving various animal species from extinction, but now her mother has gone and had an unnecessary (to Lulu's eyes) baby. With her best friend Harry at her side (a top-hatted spider who may just exist in Lulu's imagination), Lulu decides to search for the True Blue Love she is certain she currently lacks. In the course of four stories she also makes the acquaintance of a tough-talking skunk, gangster bakers, a spoiled kitty and an Egg Man. A near tragedy at the end also teaches Lulu that love of this particular shade is sometimes closer to home than we realize. The "True Blue Love" conceit become tiresome, but Martin's clever enough to pepper her twee sensibilities with honestly imaginative writing. There's enough good old-fashioned curiosity and, quite frankly, weirdness in this early chapter book to overcome its potentially cutesy underpinnings. With descriptive sentences and a penchant for eclectic storytelling, this is an author to watch. (Fiction. 6-9)Read full book review >
MEMORY JUG by Patricia Martin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

Mack Humbel's past holds a recurring theme of loss, for her father died in a fire after saving Mack and her younger sister, Amaryllis; the girls sent him back into the blaze with pleas to save their dog. Amaryllis has not spoken since that day, and the family has lived a gypsy's life, moving from place to place. Homer's Cove, a small hamlet in the Adirondacks, provides a new start, where the misanthropic Mack reluctantly discovers the extraordinary in everyday encounters and surroundings. Details of antiques, the small town, and its people overwhelm the first half of the story, as Mack skips from one holiday to the next, marking time. At the same time, Martin imbues ordinary events with meaning: eating monkey bread at the local bakery, taking in a Fourth of July fireworks display, paddling a canoe in a flooded basement, creating a "memory jug" with tokens from the past. Larger plot elements are given more conventional treatment: Amaryllis is provoked into speaking, Mack is spooked into accepting Harry, her mother's boyfriend, after fearing that he is part of an accident on the icy highway. Despite the drawbacks, Mack is a strong-willed character fighting to open up to the possibilities of new friends and feelings. (Fiction. 9-12) Read full book review >