Martin Bridge: Ready for Takeoff!

Joseph Kelly

Meet Martin Bridge --- a boy whose well-meant plans sometimes go awry. In three illustrated stories, Martin encounters two bus drivers with very different ways of relating, makes a tough decision about a friend's pet and takes on an extremely competitive model rocket project that almost costs him a friendship. The daily rhythms, struggles and triumphs of childhood --- at home, at school and with friends --- are evoked with warmth, understanding, honesty and humor.

978-1-55337-772-6 | Feb 1, 2005
List Price: USD $6.95, CAD $7.95
BW 5 1/2 x 7 1/4 120 pages
Grades: 2 To 5 / Ages: 7 to 10
978-1-894786-66-9 | Dec 3, 2013
List Price: USD $7.99, CAD $7.99

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Awards & Reviews

“Young readers will readily identify with the likable, sympathetically drawn Martin and his crises of conscience when his well-intended actions go frustratingly awry.”
— Quill and Quire, March 2005
“The everyday worlds of school, home, and clubs offer Martin Bridge several opportunities for growth, and his responses are on target for a third grader.”
— School Library Journal, May 2005
“A pitch perfect chapter book that confronts its hero with three very real-world ethical dilemmas every elementary student will recognize.”
— School Library Journal, June 2006
“A warm, rich story for new chapter-book readers.”
— Horn Book, Starred Review, June 2005
2007 - Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award, Short-listed
2006 - Notable Children's Book, American Library Association, Winner

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