Martin Bridge Onwards and Upwards!

Martin Bridge Onwards and Upwards!

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Martin Bridge faces the music and learns the ropes in this installment in the widely acclaimed chapter-book series.
Martin Bridge returns for more slice-of-life adventures in this installment in the widely acclaimed chapter-book series. In "Keyboard," Martin's summer is off to an unharmonious start when his best friends Alex and Stuart are grounded for accidentally damaging Polar Pete's ice-cream truck. Meanwhile, Martin's Mother won't stop practicing on her new electronic keyboard -- and she's driving him around the bend. He's so grumpy that he doesn't feel like helping his friends when they come up with a water-sprinkler-symphony scheme to help pay for their accident. Will Martin change his tune and add some much-needed harmony to his summer? In "Rope," Laila Moffat joins the Junior Badgers, much to Martin's chagrin. A keener and know-it-all, Laila just wants to win more badges. Martin doesn't plan to make it easy for her. Though Laila ends up proving herself Badger-worthy, Martin sure doesn't treat her like a friend should. As the competition for more badges begins to heat up, Martin finds himself with conflicting loyalties.

Baker & Taylor
In the final adventures of this chapter-book series, Martin is driven to near insanity when his mother won't stop practicing on her new electronic keyboard, and his loyalties are torn when Laila Moffat joins the Junior Badgers. Simultaneous.

Baker
& Taylor

In two stories, Martin must endure his mother's practice on a keyboard she bought at a garage sale and deal with his classmate, Laila Moffatt, who joins the Junior Badges and who is willing to do everything she can to fit in and be accepted.

Publisher: Toronto : Kids Can Press, [2009]
Copyright Date: ©2009
ISBN: 9781554531608
1554531608
Branch Call Number: E KERRI
Characteristics: 111 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
Additional Contributors: Rogosin, Debbie
Kelly, Joseph

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SPL_Childrens May 03, 2012

The Martin Bridge series by Jessica Scott Kerrin is another excellent choice for beginning chapter book readers.
The series has been described as “wholesome” and “refreshing”. Featuring an appealing protagonist, Martin Bridge, the stories are “slice-of-life” adventures in the life of a young boy at home and at school.
In Martin Bridge Onwards and Upwards, Martin’s summer vacation has a rather lonely start when his two best friends are grounded for accidentally damaging an ice cream truck. His mother has a new electronic keyboard, and it seems (to Martin) that she’s always practising on it, with no time for anything or anyone else. Then Laila Moffat – a keener and a know-it-all – joins the Junior Badgers and competes with Martin for badges.
Eventually, Martin learns how to deal with each of these situations, and with his feelings and reactions.
The Martin Bridge stories are entirely realistic and often humorous. In a light-hearted, appealing fashion, they deal with normal, everyday emotions, helping young readers “to recognize and accept our less-than-perfect selves”, while at the same time showing how we can help and improve ourselves too.

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SPL_Childrens May 03, 2012

SPL_Childrens thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 7 and 10

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