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Ann Matthews Martin was born on August 12, 1955. She grew up in Princeton, New Jersey, with her parents and her younger sister, Jane. After graduating from Smith College, Ann became a teacher and then an editor of children's books. She's now a full-time writer.
Ann gets the ideas for her books from many different places. Some are based on personal experiences, while others are based on childhood memories and feelings. Many are written about contemporary problems or events. All of Ann's characters, even the members of the Baby-sitters Club, are made up. But many of her characters are based on real people. Sometimes Ann names her characters after people she knows, and other times she simply chooses names that she likes.
Ann has always enjoyed writing. Even before she was old enough to write, she would dictate stories to her mother to write down for her. Some of her favourite authors at that time were Lewis Carroll, P. L. Travers, Hugh Lofting, Astrid Lindgren, and Roald Dahl. They inspired her to become a writer herself.
Since ending the BSC series in 2000, Ann’s writing has concentrated on single novels, many of which are set in the 1960s.
After living in New York City for many years, Ann moved to the Hudson Valley in upstate New York where she now lives with her dog, Sadie, and her cats, Gussie, Pippen and Woody. Her hobbies are reading, sewing, and needlework. Her favourite thing to do is to make clothes for children.
In a nutshell: home | adventuring | a home again Best known for the Babysitters Club, Ann M Martin here tells the story of a dog, and with the warmth and understanding that made that series so popular. There’s nothing special about Squirrel, this isn’t a story of heroics, though she is brave when she has to be. Instead, it’s a story of finding your way, enjoying the good things and coping with the bad, and learning to trust and to love. Squirrel is a stray, and for most of the book has to cope alone; not till the very last chapters does she find somewhere safe to stay. She tells her story calmly, without anger or bitterness when things go badly, and never asks for readers’ sympathy: she’s a dog, and she leads a dog’s life. It makes for a very affecting story, and one which will enthral readers. One to recommend for fans of Michael Morpurgo, and Born to Run in particular. ~ Andrea Reece
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | February 2016 Book of the Month The heroine of Ann M Martin’s fine novel has a unique voice, and the story she tells is very touching. Rose (rows) has a diagnosis of autism and struggles to understand the unspoken social rules that are built in to the rest of us. Her props are homonyms – she has an ever growing list of words pronounced the same as another but spelled differently – prime numbers, and her dog Rain (reign, rein). When Rain goes missing, Rose works methodically to find her, but their reunion brings a problem: Rain originally belonged to another family, who also want their dog back. For Rose, for whom written rules are as vital as homonyms, there’s only one course of action to take. Rose tells her story exactly as it happens, but readers will infer so much more from her descriptions of events and the reactions of the other characters. A delight to read, this is a sophisticated and very moving piece of storytelling. ~ Andrea Reece How to Look for a Lost Dog joins the growing category of books about young people with a diagnosis of autism and Counting by 7s and We are All Made of Molecules are equally heart-warming and uplifting books for younger readers.
The bestselling ‘Babysitters Club’ is given a prequel in this brand new title capturing the hopes and fears and above all the friendship of Kristy, Mary Anne, Claudia and Stacey. Each has their own family and personal issues; all are beginning to make the change to growing up and even an awareness of boys! It is a glorious summer for the girls and their many readers.
Born in a garden shed and separated from her family, stray puppy, Squirrel, has a life filled with surprises, setbacks and adventures as she bravely journeys from town to town, encountering friends and foes, both animal and human, in her search for a place to call home. Told entirely from Squirrel's canine perspective, this touching tale offers a gorgeous contemporary twist on the classic animal adventure story.
11-year-old Rose is autistic and struggles to understand her classmates. But when her father gives her a stray dog, which she names Rain, the dog becomes her best friend, her anchor in a confusing world. So when Rain goes missing during a storm, Rose refuses to stop looking for him...A touching story from the bestselling author of The Babysitters Club.
Far and near. Lost and found. Four girls. Four generations.Georgia cannot figure out what's going on in her family. Her mother, Francie, is extremely overprotective. Her grandmother, Dana, and her great-grandmother, Abby, don't speak to each other. And Georgia's great-great-grandmother also had some secrets that nobody else knows about.Georgia knows this because she's found her great-great grandmother's diary hidden in a wall in the family's house in Maine. Reading the diary makes her think of her own struggles - and draws her even closer to the mysteries of her family as Abby's hundredth birthday approaches.HOME IS THE PLACE is the heartfelt, remarkable conclusion to Ann M. Martin's Family Tree series, which has followed Abby, Dana, Francie, and now Georgia from girlhood to womanhood, showing readers the intertwining, extraordinary ways we grow up.
Annabelle Doll, Tiffany Funcraft, and their families are whisked out to sea when the Palmers accidentally place them in a box destined for charity donation. And it turns out they're not alone-there are plenty of other doll people on the ship, too. After traveling thousands of miles, will they be able to find their way home?In the fourth installment in the beloved Doll People series, Ann M. Martin and Laura Godwin take listeners on another exhilarating adventure from a doll's-eye view.
Four girls. Four generations. One family. The third installment of the exquisite new series from Newbery Honor winner Ann M. Martin follows Francie, Dana's daughter, to Princeton, NJ, in the 1980s.
With a new stepmom, sister, and baby brother in the house, Kammy's summer can't get any worseuntil she goes to campTwelve-year-old Kammy Whitlock had been fine living with just her dad since her mom died when she was only four. Although she gets along OK with her new stepmom, the addition of a troublesome toddler and a crying new baby has pushed her over the edge.Against her wishes, her parents have decided that Kammy needs a break from home life until her siblings have settled in. Kammy goes to Camp Arrowhead with the understanding that if she's miserable, she can come home after two weeks. If not, she'll stick it out the rest of the summer. But surviving even two weeks is going to be toughshe's already gotten lost at night and made an enemy of Susie. Maybe Kammy just doesn't fit in anywhere.This ebook features an illustrated personal history of Ann M. Martin, including rare images from the author's collection.
Wendy's little sister is good at everythingespecially being annoyingKatie is always good at whatever she tries and everyone adores her. Everyone except Wendy, that is. Just once, ten-year-old Wendy wishes she could outshine her little sister. When she gets a chance to take horseback riding lessons, she plans to prove to her family that she is the best at something.But it's not long before Katie decides to steal Wendy's thunder by taking riding lessons herself. Soon, the two sisters are in competition again, and this time Wendy is not going to let her sister win. Can the two overcome their rivalry and become friendsor is being first more important?This ebook features an illustrated personal history of Ann M. Martin, including rare images from the author's collection.
Liza thought she was prepared to lose her fatherbut coping is harder than she ever imaginedWhen Liza's dad finds out he has less than a year to live, he asks his family to help him make his remaining time as happy as possible. After the initial shock, twelve-year-old Liza, her three siblings, and their mother resolve to make her dad's last year wonderfulespecially on Christmas, his favorite holiday.Liza tries hard to prepare herself for living without him. But after he's gone, she finds that she is still not readyand maybe she never will be. The family, now faced with financial problems, has to move into a smaller home, which adds to their tension and anger. As another holiday season approaches, Liza feels celebrating without her dad is disloyal, and boycotts the holiday.Liza's search for the courage to face her grief, anger, and guilt will resonate with readers of any age who have survived the loss of a loved one.This ebook features an illustrated personal history of Ann M. Martin, including rare images from the author's collection.
Can Sara overcome her shyness to perform in the school play?Sara is extremely timidshe only has two friends, and one of them is her cousin. Her mother is constantly pushing her to leave the safety of her room and be more social, but for Sara, being in public is a punishment worse than death.When Sara's teacher insists that everyone this yearshy or notparticipate in the school play, Sara is filled with terror. To top it off, she finds out her best friend, the one person who understands her, might be moving away. More than ever, Sara wants to climb into her shell, but the play is looming and there's no place to hide.This ebook features an illustrated personal history of Ann M. Martin, including rare images from the author's collection.
Four girls. Four generations. One family.The second entry in the beautiful new series from Ann M. Martin.Dana is Abby's daughter -- but she's always been much closer to her father, Zander. He's a celebrated New York author who encourages Dana's artistic talents . . . even if he sometimes drinks too much. Dana is on his side in any argument, regardless of whether he's wrong. And then her father dies.After years of moving, often with her mother and three siblings, Dana is angry at Abby, and wants nothing more than to leave her family and get back to New York City. She moves in with her young, bohemian aunt Adele, determined to study art, attend school, achieve independence, and avoid all the mistakes her mother made. But can she leave her family and Maine behind?
Four generations. Four girls. One family.An amazing new four-book series from Ann M. Martin.In 1930, Abby Nichols is eight, and can't imagine what her future holds. The best things today would be having a dime for the fair, keeping her Pops from being angry, and saving up eighty-seven cents to surprise her little sister with a tea set for Christmas.But Abby's world is changing fast. Soon there will be new siblings to take care of, a new house to move into, and new friends to meet. But there will also be good-byes to say and hard choices to make. As Abby grows older, how will she decide what sort of life will fit her best?In this incredible new series, bestselling author Ann M. Martin brings the past and the present together one girlhood at a time and shows readers the way a family grows.
Charlie is coming to terms with a heart-breaking tragedy with only his beloved dog to comfort him. Henry wants a dog more than anything in the world but his parents just say no. Bone is a homeless dog searching for a place to belong. All three live very different lives...A powerful, moving novel about two boys and one dog whose stories are woven together in the most surprising of ways.
When Flora and Ruby suddenly become orphans, they have no choice but to move far away from home and live with their grandmother. Luckily Camden Falls is a very welcoming place and they discover that rebuilding their lives won't be an impossible task after all - especially with the help of new friends. But having spent a happy summer in their grandmother's sewing shop, the girls now face a new challenge: the first term at their new school and a classroom full of new children...
In this wickedly funny and suspenseful sequel to the award-winning The Doll People, Annabelle Doll and Tiffany Funcraft come face to face with Mean Mimi, an evil princess doll, who threatens to take over all of doll world. Annabelle and Tiffany are best friends who've enjoyed a heap of adventure and mystery since they met in the Palmers house at 26 Wetherby Lane. When they accidentally hitch a ride to Kate's school in her backpack, the dolls find themselves in a wholly unfamiliar world. They decide to make the best of their predicament by exploring the school, but when an attempt to return home lands them in the wrong house, their first foray beyond the safety of the dollhouse quickly becomes a dangerous and exhilarating adventure. While Annabelle and Tiffany are lucky enough to meet a host of new doll friends, they also encounter Mean Mimi, who sees herself as Queen of All Dolls. How will they find their way back home . . . and how much trouble will follow them? In this masterfully plotted sequel, best-selling and critically acclaimed Ann M. Martin and Laura Godwin take listeners on another exhilarating adventure from a dolls-eye view! Praise for The Doll People: "e;The authors provide plenty of action and suspense, yet it is their skillfully crafted details about the dolls' personalities and daily routines that prove most memorable."e;Publishers Weekly, starred review "e;Little girls are in for a marvelous treat in this delicious fantasy."e;Kirkus Review, starred review
Newbery Honor medalist Ann M. Martin's "e;unforgettable"e; (Booklist, starred) family story.In 1963, Ellie's mother, Doris Day Dingman, was crowned the Bosetti Beauty at Mr. Bosetti's supermarket, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, and the Dingmans began to fall apart."e; So begins 11-yr-old Eleanor Roosevelt Dingman's story. Ellie, who is about to start 6th grade in the small town of Spectacle, NY, is the oldest child in her off-center family. Her father works construction jobs, while her mother, Doris, has only one dream - to become a rich and famous actress. But when that dream leads to Doris's abandonment of the family, it is Ellie who is called upon to take charge.
Best friends Annabelle Doll and Tiffany Funcraft have stumbled upon an unexpected visitor, a new doll named Tilly May. She arrived in a mysterious package . . . but she looks so familiar. Could she be Annabelles long-lost baby sister? It'll take a runaway adventure to find out for sure. Are the dolls ready for life on the road?Ann M. Martin and Laura Godwin bring us the third book in this enchanting trilogy about some very brave dolls.From the Compact Disc edition.
Read by Lynn RedgraveApprox. 3.5 hours2 cassettesThe 100-year-old Doll familybeautifully crafted china dolls passed down through four generations of girls in one American familymeet their new neighbors, the Funcrafts, a doll family made completely of plastic and delivered straight from the factory shelves.Annabelle Doll is eight years oldshe has been for over a hundred years. Not a lot has happened to her, cooped up in the dollhouse, with the same doll people, day after day, year after yearuntil the Funcrafts move in. Now Annabelle has a friend. Sure she's made entirely of plastic and she's living in the scariest room in the house, but she's an adventurer, and after a hundred years of boredom, that's just what Annabelle needs.
From the author of the popular Babysitter's Club series and Belle Teal, which was named the best book of 2001 by Publishers Weekly and Child Magazine. Hattie Owen enjoys the familiarity of her small-town life, but during the summer when she turns 12, her world is turned upside down with the arrival of an uncle no one has ever spoken about. Now that his "e;school,"e; an institution for the mentally disabled, is closing, Hattie's family must deal with a childlike young man whose existence they've denied for years. And she experiences a summer that expands her world in the most unpredictable ways. "e;Hearts will go out to both Hattie and Adam as they step outside the confines of their familiar world to meet some painful challenges."e;Publishers Weekly, starred review "e;Martin's voice for Hattie is likable, clear, and consistent; her prose doesn't falter. A solid, affecting read."e;Kirkus Reviews "e;Wonderfully real characters and an engrossing plot . . . evocative."e;School Library Journal, starred review
';I can't speak for all dogs. Not all dogs are alike. And most certainly, not all dogs have the same experiences. . . .' Squirrel is not like most dogs. Born a stray, she must make her own way in the world, facing busy highways, changing seasons, and humans both gentle and brutal. Her life story, in her own words, is marked by loss, but also by an inspiring instinct to survive. And when it seems she will roam the woods and country roads alone forever, Squirrel makes two friends who, in very different ways, define her fate. At once heartrending and hopeful, Ann Martin's exquisite story of a dog's life is told with her trademark grace and insight.
Tess McAlister truly believes in magic, and is convinced that this is the year she will finally meet Santa Claus. Tess has many Christmas wishes, but her most fervent wish is not for herself, but for a friend. Her faith in the season results in a Christmas Eve so wondrous, so sparkling, that listeners wont be able to help but feel transformed. Like white Christmases and crackling fires in the hearth, On Christmas Eve portrays the magic and the spirit of hope that make the holidays merry.