Sound the Alarm!

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Martin Bridge and his friend Stuart find a full-scale model of their space hero's rocket in the toy store and just have to climb in for a ride. But after landing back on Earth, they find the toy store closed and locked -- with no way out! Then Martin sees something in a display window that turns his knees to jelly. What will he do when he's trapped with his greatest fear? Join Martin Bridge as he faces his fear, puts a Park Ranger Super-Charged All-Night Flashlight to good use, gets a new babysitter and discovers...
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Martin Bridge and his friend Stuart find a full-scale model of their space hero's rocket in the toy store and just have to climb in for a ride. But after landing back on Earth, they find the toy store closed and locked -- with no way out! Then Martin sees something in a display window that turns his knees to jelly. What will he do when he's trapped with his greatest fear? Join Martin Bridge as he faces his fear, puts a Park Ranger Super-Charged All-Night Flashlight to good use, gets a new babysitter and discovers that knowing a few dance moves pays off in more ways than one!
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Editorial Reviews

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Martin continues to be such a believable character that it’s almost as if author Kerrin is channeling a real boy.
Children's Literature - Sharon Oliver
In this newest title of the "Martin Bridge" series, Martin manages to survive a new babysitter and overcome both a bully and a phobia. Martin and his friends are huge fans of the cartoon Zip Rideout: Space Cadet and Martin is looking forward to seeing the new movie with his father. Before the movie, however, he must endure an evening with his new babysitter Della—and he is sure Della will not be as cool as his old babysitter Bruce. His evening with Della has a slow start, but eventually Martin warms up to her. He helps her practice her dance moves and then discovers she is also a fan of Zip. The next day on the bus, bully Thomas is astounded that cartoon-loving Martin has Della's phone number in his pocket; he appears to think twice about mocking Martin and friends. The real adventure begins when Martin and his friend Stuart find themselves accidentally locked in the mega toy store after closing. Between Stuart's clown phobia and Martin's nightmares about mannequins, this proves to be quite a harrowing event. Martin manages to overcome his fears and get a signal to the outside world to let them out of the store. Martin is a very likeable protagonist and one that young children will relate to very well. His fear of mannequins is finally explained and Martin understands that it is okay to be afraid sometimes. This is a wonderful addition to chapter book collections and will have particular appeal to boys. The black-and-white illustrations are well matched with the text and the facial expressions are wonderful. This is a great choice for reluctant readers.
School Library Journal

Gr 2-4 - Martin Bridge returns in two more humorous adventures. In the first, he feels bad when an older boy teases him about liking cartoon superhero Zip Rideout. He must also adjust to a new babysitter, a junior-high student named Darla. Pleased to discover that she also likes Zip Rideout, he agrees to help her learn new dance steps from a demo they watch on the TV. When the other kids find out that he was actually dancing with "TheDarla McGonagle," his status is elevated in the eyes of the bully. Next, when Martin and a friend are accidentally locked in a toy store after closing, he finally gets the idea to flash a Morse-code signal out the window for help, but must first face his fear of the mannequins on display nearby. Martin is a likable character who inadvertently gets himself into frustrating situations and uses his resiliency and resourcefulness to find practical solutions to his problems. Although he learns life lessons, the book remains light and funny. Kelly's charcoal sketches support the text and will help youngsters comprehend the story. Part of an engaging series that adds a much-needed boy protagonist to early chapter-book sections, this title will be popular with newly independent readers.-Carole Phillips, Greenacres Elementary School, Scarsdale, NY

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Martin continues to be such a believable character that it’s almost as if author Kerrin is channeling a real boy.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781553379775
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 2/28/2007
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 670L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.95 (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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