Martha M's Book Reviews


Children of Ash and Elm: A History of the Vikings

Children of Ash and Elm: A History of the Vikings

Absolutely wonderful history book that will “blow your mind” over and over! This is an introduction first to the “Viking” mind, the way the Scandinavians from 536 AD – 1200 AD thought of themselves and the world around them. And then it is a broad history moving easily as the Vikings did from Vinland (Canada) […]


Return of the Thief

Return of the Thief

Terrific denouement (#6 in the series) to the Queen’s Thief series! Megan Whalen Turner is one of the strongest writers in Youth fiction today and this one is a masterpiece, ending the series with power and joy. Pheris is an disabled child used as a pawn in the politics of Attolia, but the High King, […]


Brother’s Keeper

Brother’s Keeper

Intense, compelling story of a North Korean girl feeing to South Korea during the Korean War in 1950. Sora and her brother are separated from their parents early in their journey. Can she lead them to Busan while they face bombings, hunger,  cold, theives ,kidnappers, and a river of fellow refugees. Sora is looking for […]


The Pull of the Stars

The Pull of the Stars

Best Fiction Book of 2020! An elegiac and immersive story about three life changing days in the life of a nurse in Dublin, working in the unit with pregnant women sick with the 1918 Flu, during WW1. Rather than feeling that I was reading, I felt that I was there, standing within a few feet […]


Music for Tigers

Music for Tigers

Louisa, a passionate middle school violinist, is sent to the Tasmanian forest (from Canada) to live with her uncle, a naturalist. Despite the disruption to her practice schedule, she discovers the joy learning about new species and even makes a new friend. Species extinction and deforestation are the backdrop to Louisa’s participation in a family […]


The Story of More: How We Got to Climate Change and Where to Go from Here by Hope Jahren

The Story of More: How We Got to Climate Change and Where to Go from Here by Hope Jahren

Terrific simple introduction to climate change that explains clearly how we got to this point in various industries  — Food (agriculture, meat production, fishing), Energy, and Earth (melting ice, rising waters, warming air). Hope Jahren (Lab Girl) is a scientist/professor and this is the content of her most frequently taught class; it’s fact based, non […]


Eagle Huntress: The True Story of the Girl who Soared Beyond Expectations

Eagle Huntress: The True Story of the Girl who Soared Beyond Expectations

Aisholpan Nurgaiv’s triumph as the first female winner of the  Mongolian eagle hunting  competition in 2014 is shared with the world in an award winning movie called Eagle Huntress in 2016. Now she gets to tell her own story in her own words in this book! Aisholpan speaks in a simple yet powerful way. She […]


The Splendid and the Vile

The Splendid and the Vile

Riveting historical drama told by one of our nonfiction masters! Larson selected the first year (May 1940 – May 1941) of Churchill’s residence at 10 Downing Street to share in great detail his leadership and life as he set up the plan for winning WWII. Shows how critical brilliant leadership at the top is during […]


The Game of Birds and Wolves

The Game of Birds and Wolves

Wonderful WW2 story of the Wrens (Women’s Royal Naval Service) and the retired Naval officer who led them to create a game that gave Britain the chance to reverse course and begin winning the Battle of the Atlantic! Full of thrilling naval battles and many fascinating details of some amazing women’s lives! After France fell […]


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