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Martin Bridge: Ready for Takeoff!

Martin Bridge: Ready for Takeoff!

by Jessica Scott Kerrin

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The first book in the Martin Bridge chapter-book series about a boy whose well-meant plans sometimes go awry.


The first book in the Martin Bridge chapter-book series about a boy whose well-meant plans sometimes go awry.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-Martin Bridge usually has a scheme or project under way. In the three school and home stories presented in this beginning chapter book, he sees how a happy surprise intended for one person makes a positive difference for another, figures out what to say to a little girl whose hamster has died, and suffers the consequences of jealousy. Through it all, his parents provide thoughtful guidance. The everyday worlds of school, home, and clubs offer Martin Bridge several opportunities for growth, and his responses are on target for a third grader. Kerrin relates the episodes in a straightforward way that incorporates rich language. Kelly's full-page illustrations and spot art follow the narrative closely enough to support the newly independent readers for whom this book is written.-Pat Leach, Lincoln City Libraries, NE Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Aimed at "Horrible Harry" fans, but a cut above in content, these three domestic episodes weigh in with some unusually meaty insights. First, young Martin sees a special gift intended for someone else work a miraculous change in the disposition of his surly school bus driver; then, troubled by a neighbor's request to replace in secret her small daughter's dead hamster, he starts to wonder whether his own parents lie to him sometimes; and finally, feeling that he's not getting proper credit for suggesting that his friend Alex paint flames on a widely admired model rocket, Martin goes into a snit-but only until he figures out that a good friend is worth a little give and take. Pale ink-and-wash sketches on every spread nicely capture Martin's changing moods and close family relations. Fledgling chapter-book readers of a reflective bent will appreciate Kerrin's way of delivering life lessons without hammering them home. (Fiction. 8-10)

Product Details

Kids Can Press, Limited
Publication date:
Martin Bridge , #1
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Barnes & Noble
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File size:
10 MB
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

Jessica Scott Kerrin is the author of the bestselling Martin Bridge series, inspired by the misadventures of her husband and son. Her first novel, Martin Bridge: Ready for Takeoff! was named an ALA Notable Children's Book and placed on the Horn Book Fanfare List. Kerrin grew up on the Canadian prairies, but now lives with her family and pet tortoise in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Joseph Kelly is a commercial and industrial artist. He is illustrator of the Martin Bridge series of chapter books and A Paddling of Ducks. He lives in Sonoma, California.

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