Search Results: "Martha Freeman"


BOOK REVIEW

ASTROTWINS—PROJECT BLASTOFF by Mark Kelly
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 24, 2015

"Intriguing subject matter and rock-solid pacing combine for a nifty adventure—one that may well spark a new generation of astronauts. (further reading) (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
With co-author Freeman, Kelly takes readers back to 1975, when long-distance telephone calls cost money, calculators were expensive luxuries, and Americans fizzed with excitement about the U.S. space program. Read full book review >

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THE ORPHAN AND THE MOUSE by Martha Freeman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"An original, rousing mouse adventure in the tradition of Stuart Little. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
A kindhearted orphan girl and a clever mouse join forces to expose an illegal baby-selling operation in a Philadelphia orphanage. Read full book review >

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THE CASE OF THE DIAMOND DOG COLLAR by Martha Freeman
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"This little gem will be just right for grade-school detectives and budding politicians alike. (Mystery. 7-11)"
The vivacious daughters of the President of the United States, Cammie and her younger sister Tessa, are back at their sleuthing best in this follow up to The Case of the Rock 'n' Roll Dog (2010). Read full book review >

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1,000 REASONS NEVER TO KISS A BOY by Martha Freeman
FICTION
Released: June 15, 2007

"Nonetheless, it's a wholesome read that will undoubtedly be popular with female teen readers. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Sixteen-year-old Jane has had it with boys. Read full book review >

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WHO STOLE UNCLE SAM? by Martha Freeman
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"Fine fare for summer reading. (Mystery. 9-12)"
Although they agreed never to try to solve mysteries again, Alex and Yasmeen can't resist when Sam Banner, Alex's baseball coach, disappears into a porta potty and reappears only after the game, the team's first win of the season. Read full book review >

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EFFIE STARR ZOOK HAS ONE MORE QUESTION by Martha Freeman
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 7, 2017

"A light-feeling read that effectively delves dark depths. (author's note) (Fiction. 8-13)"
What begins as a relaxing summer finds middle schooler Effie discovering proverbial skeletons in her family's closet, er…shed. Read full book review >

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THE SPY WORE SHADES by Martha Freeman
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 31, 2001

"Still, these minor flaws don't detract from this fun story that will enchant young readers with its witty dialogue and creativity. (Fiction. 8-10)"
Every 50 years the Druids send a spy from the underground civilization of Hek to investigate the Extros, or humans, living on the surface. Read full book review >

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CAMPFIRE COOKIES by Martha Freeman
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 17, 2016

"This sequel is lacking in 'flour power.' (Fiction. 8-12)"
The four members of Flowerpot Cabin reunite for another summer of friendship, romance, mystery, and cookies (The Secret Cookie Club, 2015).Read full book review >

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WHO STOLE HALLOWEEN? by Martha Freeman
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Both tricks and treats in this enjoyable younger mystery. (Fiction. 8-11)"
The trio of sly sleuths from Who Is Stealing the 12 Days of Christmas (2003) is back as Yasmeen, Alex and his cat Luau pursue a serial catnapper in the neighborhood. Read full book review >

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FOURTH GRADE WIERDO by Martha Freeman
Released: Dec. 15, 1999

"Freeman's prose is spare but witty; few class weirdos have made the transition to hero so well, and readers will cheer as Dexter transforms himself into a colorful character, with plenty of new friends along the way. (Fiction. 8-12)"
How a tightly wrapped fourth grader discovers that life doesn't have to be completely predictable in order to be enjoyable makes for an entertaining and funny journey of self-discovery from Freeman (The Polyester Grandpa, 1998, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE YEAR MY PARENTS RUINED MY LIFE by Martha Freeman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Moments of offbeat humor carry the plot over its bumps, but they don't make Kate's problems feel more than mildly irritating. (Fiction. 10-14)"
An eye-catching title guarantees that readers will gravitate to this novel, which takes on the time-honored topic of moving—this time, from sunny California to dismal, snowy Belletoona, just outside Pittsburgh. Read full book review >

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STINK BOMB MOM by Martha Freeman
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"The climax—featuring cougars, a small child in danger, and animal control wardens—is exciting, but the welcome draw in this novel is Rory's fully developed characterization; her maturity in assessing and accepting her family situation will be familiar to many readers. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Family matters never overwhelm this funny and well-paced story of a girl's ingenuity when her beloved dog is mistakenly labeled dangerous. Read full book review >