Out of Orbit!

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Eight-year-old Martin Bridge returns for more slice-of-life adventures in the fifth book in this widely acclaimed chapter-book series. In the first story, Martin fumes every time classmate Harper tells one of his tall tales. Then when the fibber's astronaut costume for the parade is every bit as spectacular as he bragged it would be -- and flashier than Martin's -- our hero feels as fizzled out as a misfired rocket booster. Martin sure doesn't like Harper much. Will Martin step in and help when Harper gets in ...
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Overview

Eight-year-old Martin Bridge returns for more slice-of-life adventures in the fifth book in this widely acclaimed chapter-book series. In the first story, Martin fumes every time classmate Harper tells one of his tall tales. Then when the fibber's astronaut costume for the parade is every bit as spectacular as he bragged it would be -- and flashier than Martin's -- our hero feels as fizzled out as a misfired rocket booster. Martin sure doesn't like Harper much. Will Martin step in and help when Harper gets in trouble, or let him get what he deserves? In the second story, when Martin demonstrates a "moonwalk" worthy of his favorite cartoon superhero, Zip Rideout, a nasty fall lands him in the hospital for stitches. He begins to wonder why Zip never gets so much as a scratch in all his perilous adventures. Has Martin's high-flying opinion of Zip Rideout landed back on earth with a painful thud? Join Martin Bridge as he hurtles in and out of orbit with two new stories and an out-of-this-world activity to inspire young artists.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Joella Peterson
Martin Bridge's adventures are a perfect mixture of hometown adventure and school frustrations. He has two adventures with a loosely-tied-in space theme. First, Martin's friend Harper always exaggerates. Martin can hardly stand it—but is seems that he just might be the only one. All of Martin's friends do not mind when Harper talks about his bike that supposedly can fly or his costume that is "out of this world." When Martin accidentally gets Harper in trouble, Martin must decide if Harper has what is coming to him or if Martin should fess up to his mistakes. In the second adventure Martin gets hurt while pretending to be his favorite cartoon space hero, Zip Rideout. Martin cannot understand why the artist of his hero never shows Zip getting hurt. Martin has to figure out if he will still like Zip or if he will give up the cartoon in favor of something more realistic. These stories are also accompanied by a section that teaches readers how to draw Zip Rideout. With writing and illustrations so well crafted, readers will want to read these adventures over again—that is before they go and find their own way "out of orbit!" Reviewer: Joella Peterson
School Library Journal

Gr 1-4 In the first of these two stories, Martin's frustration with a classmate's continual lies and exaggerations reaches a boiling point after Harper boasts that his father is a spy who has created a jet pack for him to use. It is only after Harper arrives at school wearing the same astronaut costume as Martin that he really loses control, causing Harper to be accused of something he did not do. Next, Martin learns the danger of imitating his cartoon hero, Zip Rideout, too closely and that bouncing on a pogo stick in a tree fort is never a good idea. Young readers will identify with Martin's reaction to these humorous predicaments and many will share his interest in space and superheroes. The frequent charcoal illustrations will help early-chapter-book readers make sense of the text, and the quality of the storytelling makes this title a good read-aloud.-Kathleen Meulen, Blakely Elementary School, Bainbridge Island, WA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554531493
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 8/28/2007
  • Series: Martin Bridge Ser.
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 801,090
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 700L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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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