Although he still cuts up with his friends, Matthew is taking life more seriously. When the class studies ecology he learns that even minute changes in the ecosystem can have lasting effects on the environment. A recycling project becomes not only interesting but important.
Matthew also finds that small changes in feelings can make a difference when he looks at his pal Jill Hudson. Why, when Jill says "Earth to Matthew," does he feel so funny?
About 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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I do not recall where we obtained this book about Matthew Martin by Paula Danziger, but I believe that it may have been given to us by one of the members of the congregation where I was preaching after her granddaughter had read it in school. It is a Yearling Book. Paula Danziger is a name that I see quite often in lists of children's literature, and the cover identifies her as the author of ten other books. These include two previous ones also featuring Matthew Martin, an eleven-year old whose parents embarrass him, whose sister bosses him, and whose female classmates tease him, all resulting in the fact that supposedly hilarious situations continually crop up. The Matthew Martin books seem to be dealing with the problems of growing into a teenager and thus appear to be intended for a slightly older set, say 11-13. I did not care for this book, especially because it tended to lean toward the stupid, and I thought that the attitudes expressed by the young people and the adults as well were less than admirable in many cases. This is another series of which I really have no desire to read any more.