Martha M's Book Reviews

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman

Fun, wry, ridiculous love story set in the LA world of bookstores, quiz shoes and freeways. Nina Hill is a wonderful introverted anxious young adult character  whose whole life is disrupted during the course of the book. An only child, she finds out she has a family about which she never guessed.  A bookstore employee, […]


Stone River Crossing by Tom Tingle

Stone River Crossing by Tom Tingle

Martha Tom,  a Choctaw girl, crosses the river and befriends Lil’ Mo whose enslaved family works on a plantation in the Southeastern United States in the early 1800’s.  Soon after, Lil’ Mo’s family is threatened with forced separation.  Told with humor, warmth and heart, this story has a climax based on Choctaw folklore, told with […]


A Circle of Elephants

A Circle of Elephants

This is a well written, heartfelt story of a thirteen year old Elephant boy in 1975 Nepal who works with his “elephant brother, Hira Prashad,” to keep animals and humans safe in the Boarderlands area.  A Circle of Elephants is a sequel and throughout the text refers to the protagonists’ earlier experiences, captured in What […]


Cogheart

Cogheart

Wonderful (and terrifying) story set in a terrific steampunk world replete with airships, mechanical animals, and very bad guys with silver eyes. A page turner with heart and wind up keys. Lily lost her mother years ago – and now word comes that her father’s been lost in an airship accident. Then her governess threatens […]


The Flatshare

The Flatshare

Just want to button hole you and say, Read this great book! The Flatshare is a fantastic contemporary romantic comedy written by a millennial for millennial readers, but everyone will enjoy and learn from it. Tiffy is an underpaid editor at a Crafts & How To publisher looking for a fast way to move out […]


There’s Something about Sweetie

There’s Something about Sweetie

A lovely teen romance with South Asian American athlete protagonists.  Ashish is a star basketball athlete at his school but he’s lost his flow because of a bad break up with his ex girl friend. Sweetie is the star runner in her school, but she’s also carrying some extra weight. Her mother feels strongly (along […]


The Bride Test

The Bride Test

The Bride Test is a wonderful romance, written by Helen Hoang, that sensitively deals with autism and immigration issues. Ms. Huong is herself on the autism spectrum and so can share with deep personal insight how that feels. She is also the daughter of a Vietnamese war refuge so she has insight into the Veitnamese […]


Hardscrabble

Hardscrabble

2019 Wrangler Award for Outstanding Juvenile Book Winner 2019 Spur Award – Western Writer’s of America Finalist  This is a nicely plotted,  heartfelt Middle Grade Western that looks into the lives of folks homesteading in 1910 Colorado. Belle Martin is 12 years old and excited about the adventure of trying to farm the Colorado prairie. […]


The Song for a Whale

The Song for a Whale

Cool story about Iris, a deaf girl named after a whale. Iris has strong tech skills (she repairs antique radios for pocket money) but she’s main streamed in a school with no deaf students and feels frustration at being alone. Then she learns about a whale (Blue 55) who communicates in a different frequency from […]


The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted

The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted

A beautiful story of three terribly hurt people — a man, a woman, a child – in rural 1960’s Australia. Where does healing come from? Sometimes we have to have the heart to create a family (and a bookstore) where none existed before. Don’t miss this gorgeous wrenching story of grief and healing.


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