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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.
NOW A MAJOR NETFLIX SERIES! As the newest member of the BSC, Dawn is eager to prove herself. So when a big job comes along, she jumps at the chance to show everyone what she's made of. The Barretts are even more challenging than Dawn expected. The house is a mess, Mrs. Barrett is unreliable, and the kids are out of control. Dawn knows she's a great baby-sitter, but this is impossible! She only knows one thing for sure - a member of the BSC never gives up! EVERYONE'S FAVOURITE SERIES.
NOW A MAJOR NETFLIX SERIES! Kristy's mum is getting married, and everyone is coming to town to help, bringing their kids with them. Fourteen kids! Kristy is sure she and Stacey, Claudia, Mary Anne and Dawn can handle it - they're professional babysitters, after all, and Kristy's mum has offered them a lot of money to take on such a big job. But will a week of changing diapers, stopping fights, solving mix-ups, and keeping fourteen children entertained prove to be too much for the BSC? Can they keep things under control for Kristy's big day? EVERYONE'S FAVOURITE SERIES.
NOW A MAJOR NETFLIX SERIES! When Kristy, Claudia, Mary Anne and Stacey hear about the Phantom Caller, a jewel thief who's been breaking into nearby homes, they come up with a plan to keep their kids safe. But then Claudia and the other girls start receiving creepy phone calls and they start to get really spooked. Will the mystery caller scare off the BSC? EVERYONE'S FAVOURITE SERIES.
NOW A MAJOR NETFLIX SERIES! When Kristy Thomas has a great idea to form a BABYSITTERS CLUB - a chance to earn money and spend time with her friends - she has no idea how much the club will change everything. Crank calls, uncontrollable toddlers, wild pets, untruthful clients . . . running a business is hard work! Kristy and her co-founders, Mary Anne, Claudia, and Stacey, are sure they can handle anything. But only if they stick together . . . EVERYONE'S FAVOURITE SERIES.
NOW A MAJOR NETFLIX SERIES! Mary Anne has never been a leader of the BSC. So when a fight breaks out among the club's four members, Mary Anne feels a little lost, unable to depend on Kristy, Stacey, or Claudia anymore. Sitting by herself in the cafeteria is bad enough; when Mary Anne has to baby sit a sick child without any help from the club, she knows someone has to take action. It's time for Mary Anne to step in and save the day! EVERYONE'S FAVOURITE SERIES.
Guiding school librarians to new levels of leadership, this book breaks down the National School Library Standards into authentic, easily accessible components school librarians can apply to develop their leadership style and skills. By defining and explaining how the AASL Standards advance leadership, readers will begin to recognize the leadership behaviors that connect school libraries to learner growth. Strategies, interactive tools, and best practices support readers' further evolution into reflective leaders who spearhead library initiatives instead of being receivers of decisions. This book's practical approach includes exploration of key leadership dispositions and concepts that are addressed through the Domain and Shared Foundations that best exemplify the skills addressed; real-life examples with which school librarians can identify and visualize taking theory from the abstract to authentic application in their own settings; and reflective questions, self-assessment tools, and breakthrough skills allowing readers to deepen learning and develop powerful takeaways. This resource will aid school library leaders as they work to strengthen their practice and incorporate the scope of the AASL Standards into their planning and interactions with stakeholders.
Teenager Dawn Schafer struggles with big changes on the West Coast in this spin-off from the Newbery Awardwinning author's Baby-sitters Club series. Thirteen-year-old Dawn is thrilled to be back in California again after living in Connecticut, but her life and friends on the West Coast aren't exactly like she remembers. As Dawn adjusts to having a new baby sister in her house and attempts to rekindle her relationship with her friend Sunny, the crunchy, health-conscious member of the Baby-sitters Club will have to figure out how she fits in and where she belongs... The next chapter following Ann M. Martin's bestselling Baby-sitters Club series, the California Diaries are the first-person journals of Dawn, Sunny, Maggie, Amalia, and Duckyfive teenagers dealing with the ups and downs of growing up. This collection includes the complete set of Dawn's three California Diaries.
Teenager Maggie Blume struggles with not being perfect in this spin-off from the Newbery Awardwinning author's Baby-sitters Club series. Straight-A student Maggie might seem perfect, but in reality, her life is anything but. There's not much she can do about the demands her dad puts on her, her mother's alcoholism, or her insecurity about following her passion for musicbut she can control what she eats. As Maggie's friends begin to worry that she has an eating disorder, she'll have to face the fact that she might have a problem being perfect won't solve... The next chapter following Ann M. Martin's bestselling Baby-sitters Club series, the California Diaries are the first-person journals of Dawn, Sunny, Maggie, Amalia, and Duckyfive teenagers dealing with the ups and downs of growing up. This collection includes the complete set of Maggie's three California Diaries.
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