Martha Mayhem Goes Nuts! by Joanne Owen

Martha Mayhem Goes Nuts!

Written by Joanne Owen
Part of the Martha Mayhem Series

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In a nutshell: funny, magical story teeming with energy and invention

The adventures of Martha Mayhem – a fabulous mix of humour, magic and uproar – will charm newly confident readers and are perfect for reading aloud. The cast of characters gives an idea of the sheer inventive energy of the story: as well as Martha, inadvertently causing chaos wherever she goes, there’s witch sisters Tacita Truelove and Griselda Gritch, whose chosen mode of transport is enormous, flying purple polka-dot knickers; strict teacher Miss Parpwell; and in this episode a determined little lady accidentally magicked to life out of a nutmeg (which explains why she won’t stand for any nut prejudice or nut damage). Commotion and upset is gleefully celebrated, in ways that bring Roald Dahl to mind, as does the author’s boundless fun with language and word play.

One to recommend to fans of Roald Dahl, Pippi Longstocking and Mr Gum. ~ Andrea Reece


Martha Mayhem Goes Nuts! by Joanne Owen

The second in a fantastic funny younger series from Carnegie and Branford Boase long-listed author, Joanne Owen.Martha is still causing accidental mayhem in this second book in the series. She accidentally drops a nutmeg into a grow and move potion concocted by grumpy witch, Griselda Gritch . . . and mayhem unfolds, including an even-grumpier-than-Griselda-Gritch magical nutmeg lady, the village hall being accidentally knocked down by a herd of cows, and a VERY eventful and catastrophic village fete and football match.Everybody blames Martha - again!

About the Author

Joanne Owen

Joanne Owen was born in Pembrokeshire, Wales, and read Social and Political Sciences with Archaeology and Anthropology at St John's College, Cambridge. Now living in North London, Joanne has published two previous Young Adult novels. Steeped in the atmosphere of nineteenth century Prague, Puppet Master blends the magic of marionette theatre with Czech folklore and legends. Described by The Guardian as 'timeless', Puppet Master was longlisted for the Carnegie Medal and Branford Boase award and has been translated into several languages.

Her second novel, The Alchemist and the Angels is a fantastical, historical epic set in sixteenth century Prague, among the plague-ridden ghettos and decadent court of mad Emperor Rudolf. It was described by School Librarian as 'An imaginative tour de force'.

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240 pages
Interest Age: From 5 to 8 years


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Piccadilly Press Ltd an imprint of Templar Publishing

Publication date

11th January 2018




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