Martha M's Book Reviews

A Single Thread by Tracy Chavalier

A Single Thread by Tracy Chavalier

I loved this book on so many levels! A strangely thrilling story about navigating life as a single girl in a world of couples, a historical about the time between the world wars, a review of cathedral arts in England from the inside (bell-ringing and needlepoint arts specifically), and the beautiful, gradual unfolding of a […]


A Map Into the World by Kao Kalia Yang

A Map Into the World by Kao Kalia Yang

A gorgeous retelling of a true event in the author’s life from the point of view of her eldest child, this picture book is a beautiful window into Hmong life in Minnesota.  A young girl moves into a new house with her parents, and grandmother. In the course of that year, her twin brothers are […]


The Downstairs Girl by Stacy Lee

The Downstairs Girl by Stacy Lee

This is a story of 1890’s Atlanta, with a Chinese-American heroine. The book opens with Jo being fired for being too opinionated so you know you have a pungent hero. Jo later works as a ladies maid by day and, by night, she’s an advice columnist who grows to engage all of Atlanta with her […]



Prince of Fire The Story of Diwali

Prince of Fire The Story of Diwali

The Ramayana retold with vibrant pictures and short but action-packed chapters! Perfect for sharing with elementary school kids the origin story of Diwali, this book is also a great resource for teens, parents,and teachers. It is after all one of the greatest adventure stories ever told, alongside the Odyssey, Arabian Nights, Beowulf, Gilgamesh, and Gawain […]


The Reckless Oath We Made

The Reckless Oath We Made

Zee is a poor, Kansas waitress/petty drug dealer who can’t catch a break. She’s in pain from a motorcycle accident caused by her former boyfriend; her mom is obese and home bound; her sister is a romantic seeking love in all the wrong places; she has memories of visiting her father in prison; and her […]


More to the Story

More to the Story

A terrific update of Little Women by a Pakistani American, More to the Story is about Jameela Mirza or just Jam (Jo March) who lives in Atlanta and writes for her middle school newspaper and her relationships with her mom, dad, 3 sisters, and one handsome family friend. Be part of a warm loving Muslim […]


Captain Rosalie

Captain Rosalie

Captain Rosalie is the heartbreaking story of one girl’s experience of World War I. It is told from a 5 year old’s point of view and it was originally a short story, now expanded to a very short novel by brilliant illustrator Isabelle Arsenault. But don’t be fooled. Although the text is short & simple […]


A Place to Belong

A Place to Belong

So devastating and yet so gorgeous.  This book takes a unique approach to the story of Japanese Internment. The story opens when the World War II is over. Hanako’s parents have agreed to renounce their US Citizenship and  move to Japan to live with her grandparents. Jiichan (grandfather) and Baachan (grandmother) are tenant subsistence farmers […]


Evvie Drake Starts Over

Evvie Drake Starts Over

This is a love story with some baggage. Both Evvie and Dean have some serious issues to work through. Evvie’s husband died the day she planned to leave him. Dean is a star baseball pitcher who has famously lost the ability to pitch. So when Dean selects Evvie’s rental apartment, sparks fly. But are either […]


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