Martha and Mitch

Martha and Mitch

by Helen Laycock


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Martha is humble and unspoilt, despite living a life of utter luxury at Lottery Lodge with her (mostly absent) father and stepmother Penelope.Mitch lives at the boys' orphanage, a dilapidated mansion run by Ariadne Scattypants.Neither child has any idea about the life the other is leading.Between Lottery Lodge and the orphanage is a dense wood and it is here that a band of wild boys live. Mitch finds himself at their mercy, but somehow manages to scrabble his way out of the woods, emerging at Martha's wonderful home. However, here, too, things are taking a sinister turn.Suitable for readers of 8-12

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781500197070
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 06/19/2014
Pages: 188
Product dimensions: 5.06(w) x 7.81(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Helen Laycock writes children's fiction for MG readers which abounds with adventure, entices with intrigue and mystifies with magic.

As well as Martha and Mitch, she has written the following:

Glass Dreams, Salt, Mandrake's Plot, The Secret of Pooks Wood, Song of the Moon, Charlie Chumpkins, A Mouthful of Chuckles (Poetry)

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Details of her children's books can be found at her website:

Helen Laycock | Children's Author

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She has compiled three short story collections for adults and her flash fiction has been featured in The Best of CafeLit 3, 4, 5 & 6 (Chapeltown).
Several short stories have been successful in writing competitions, publication including An Earthless Melting Pot (Quinn), and her first attempt at play-writing secured her a shortlisting in Pint-Sized Plays.

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Most recently, Helen Laycock's poetry has appeared in Popshot, The Caterpillar, Full Moon and Foxglove (Three Drops Press) and Poems for Grenfell (Onslaught). Since winning the David St. John Writing Award for Novice Poetry in 2006, her work has been acknowledged in many competitions. She has also had humorous poetry published on Jonathan Pinnock's website Spilling Cocoa Over Martin Amis.

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More information is available at:
Helen Laycock | Fiction in a Flash

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She can be followed at:
'Helen Laycock, Author' Facebook Page:

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Martha and Mitch 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite Martha and Mitch by Helen Laycock revolves around two children, Martha and Mitch, who lead contrasting lifestyles and meet under unusual circumstances. Martha is rich and lives at Lottery Lodge with her father and stepmother. Her father, Mr. Muggsworthy-Millions, is rich and is the maker of original toys. Martha has a wonderful playroom in the house, but no one to play with. Her father compensates for his absence from her life by giving her lavish gifts that would make any child envious. She has a beautifully designed room, a library full of great books, a magnificent garden and a playroom with all the latest inventions from her father’s factory. On the other hand, Mitch is an orphan who lives in Mrs Ariadne Scattypants’ orphanage. The day Mitch leaves the orphanage to make his way in the world outside is when Penelope, Martha’s stepmother, finds a way to get rid of Martha. Mitch and Martha find each other and, as the story progresses, readers see how they both escape the dangers of the outside world. It is a beautifully written story woven with humor and excitement. I like the way the author blends the story of Mitch with that of Martha, despite them having different lifestyles. The twists and turns in the plot give it an element of surprise and fun and the descriptive narration makes the scenes vivid and bring the characters and the story alive to readers. Though there is Penelope, the evil step-mom, and the cruel world outside when Mitch leaves the orphanage, there is a thread of gentleness and kindness that runs through the plot. The author’s imagination, creativity, and originality is evident in the story and the book is good for storytelling both at home and in classroom.