Make Like a Tree and Leave

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It's not easy being a sixth grader, particularly one with an ingenious knack for getting into trouble with his parents, teachers, and a line of picketing sixth-grade girls! Anyone who's ever spent time in 'time-out' will appreciate the hilarious antics of this misunderstood pre-teen with a cause. Also in a fun, updated format sure to grab kids' attention!Matthew Martin is back-and this time he's planning to do an extra good job on his Egypt Unit Project. But things don't work out quite right when classmate Brian ...

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Overview

It's not easy being a sixth grader, particularly one with an ingenious knack for getting into trouble with his parents, teachers, and a line of picketing sixth-grade girls! Anyone who's ever spent time in 'time-out' will appreciate the hilarious antics of this misunderstood pre-teen with a cause. Also in a fun, updated format sure to grab kids' attention!Matthew Martin is back-and this time he's planning to do an extra good job on his Egypt Unit Project. But things don't work out quite right when classmate Brian Bruno gets wrapped up in a lot of plaster gauze. Will Brian ever get out of the cast? Will Matthew ever get out of trouble?'Danziger's novels are like cotton candy: they're fun and light, and children positively gobble them up.'—Publishers Weekly'Readers are sure to appreciate the humor as well as the trials and tribulations of Matthew's further adventures.'—School Library Journal'Very entertaining.'—Kirkus Reviews

Sixth-grader Matthew gets into trouble at home and at school, spars with his older sister, and helps save an elderly friend's property from the hands of a developer.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Danziger's novels are like cotton candy: they're fun and light, and children positively gobble them up. In this sequel to Everyone Else's Parents Said Yes , Matthew Martin gets into a whole new set of scrapes, the most humorous being a sequence in which he wraps a friend as a mummy for a school project, with near-disastrous results. Later, when it looks as if an elderly neighbor's accident may force the sale of her farm to pay for medical expenses, Matthew and his schoolmates join in the community effort to buy the land--by organizing a pet wash. In addition to her customarily funny, energetic writing, Danziger offers valid insights into the tensions created in a town between those who want to preserve the land and those who want to develop it. The narrative's point of view occasionally shifts unexpectedly among characters, which readers may find somewhat jarring. Ages 9-12. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Matthew Martin and his friends are working on their project for school by creating a mummy using Brian as the model. Things go awry and Brian has to be cut out of his plaster suit. Matthew is a kid who always seems to be in trouble and can be counted on to play jokes on other kids especially the girls in his class. When, the kids organize to save a local area that has been a haven for sledding, ice-skating and other fun, Matthew worries that his friends and others won't take him seriously. It is a contemporary tale that moves along at a clip with parents and kids working in complementary ways. 1998 (orig.
School Library Journal
Matthew Martin and the rest of Mrs. Stanton's sixth-grade class first appeared in Everyone Else's Parents Said Yes (Delacorte, 1989). The year of fun and growth continues here, as a social project goes awry; Matthew begins to appreciate girls, especially Jill; his mother becomes resigned to his need for junk food; and his sibling war with Amanda cools a bit. Concern for an elderly neighbor, Mrs. Nichols, brings the class together as they fight to save her land from development. Danziger has skillfully transferred her eye for situations and her ear for dialogue into storytelling for a slightly younger group than her earlier books. As a sequel, there are some minor details here that are out of sync with the first book. There is a contradiction about when Martin's parents really met. The other is that Mrs. Nichols, who is so important to the class, is not mentioned in the first book. Children familiar with both books are sure to notice both incidents; otherwise, this is a good example of sequel writing. The classroom is Avi's Romeo and Juliet -- Together (and Alive) at Last! (Orchard, 1987) two years earlier, and Matthew has much in common with Betsy Byars' ``Bingo Brown'' (Viking). Readers are sure to appreciate the humor as well as the trials and tribulations of Matthew's further adventures. --Therese Bigelow, Hampton Public Library, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780698116863
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 5/28/1998
  • Series: Matthew Martin Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Born in Washington, D.C., and raised in New York, Paula Danziger knew since second grade that she wanted to be a writer. Beginning her career as a teacher, Danziger taught at the junior high, high school, college levels. She received her Masters Degree in reading and during that time she wrote her first bestselling novel, The Cat Ate My Gymsuit. She returned to teaching, but the success of her book encouraged her to become a full-time writer. It was non-stop for Danziger since then. Among her titles are: the enormously popular Amber Brown books as well as Remember Me To Harold Square, The Divorce Express, and Can You Sue Your Parents For Malpractice?

Danziger received numerous honors, including: Parent's Choice Awards, International Reading Association - Children's Book Council Awards, a IRA-CBC Children's Choice Award and many nominations for state reading and library association awards.

Known as a flamboyantly funny and deeply honest writer and speaker, Paula Danziger knew how to relate to young readers at their level. She was vital, funny, and compassionate. She knew how kids felt, what made them laugh, what they wore, collected, read, and played with. From collecting novelty toys that would make any teacher cringe, to wearing jangly earrings, funky glasses and shoes covered with beads and sequins, Paula Danziger had a direct line into kids' hearts and funnybones. She will be missed always.

In Paula's memory, The Amber Brown Fund has been established to bring authors and illustrators to schools and libraries which otherwise could not afford them. Donations may be sent to The Amber Brown Fund/ SCBWI Museum of Children’s Books, 8271 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2002

    It is a awesome book!

    I thought is was a awesome because,it is a great book. To read and a good book to read to kids and family.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2002

    Great for all ages!

    Make Like a Tree and Leave is a good book for kids of all ages. I like the way the author describes the scenes and even adds a little bit of humor in it. Three kids are trying to make the best egyptian project in their class, but instead of making a bi project, they made a big mistake.

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