Out of Orbit!

Out of Orbit!

by Jessica Scott Kerrin, Joseph Kelly

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Eight-year-old Martin Bridge returns in two out-of-this-world adventures.See more details below

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Eight-year-old Martin Bridge returns in two out-of-this-world adventures.

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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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Kids Can Press, Limited
Publication date:
Martin Bridge Ser.
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.90(d)
700L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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