Top 10 Books by Ann M. Martin

 

Ann M. Martin is an American writer of children’s books and young adult fiction. Kids and, sometimes, animals play an important role in her books. The Ann M. Martin popular novels are mostly from her famous series The Babysitters Club. After the series ended in 2000, she has also written single novels, most of which are set in the 1960s and inspired by real-life people and incidents she encountered.

 

The Doll People

This book is about the Doll family and the Funcraft family – one a bit traditional and old-school, the other modern and fun-loving. Annabelle is the protagonist who is an 8-year-old member of the Doll family and has been so for like a century. When she finally finds her long-lost aunt Sarah’s diary, her family wants to stop her from all these discoveries, but she is adamant.

Read it For:
The humor and fun in the clash of the two families and their bittersweet bonding.
Don't Read it For:
The name Annabelle always reminds one of the ghost dolls who keeps appearing in the horror movies, and it might not be a comfortable idea to have it in an otherwise fun and frolic book.
What makes this book stand out?:
For portraying a female lead in Annabelle with integrity and determination and steel-strong conviction.

Rain Reign

Rain is the dog of Rose who suffers from Asperger’s syndrome, but is too sharp with words. Homonyms are her favorite thing as she names the lost dog whom her father brought home Rain – which has two synonyms. Rose and Rain are always together; but one rainy night, her father lets the dog out by mistake, and now Rose has to go out of her comfort and safe places to look for Rain.

Read it For:
The absolutely heart-wrenching plotline.
Don't Read it For:
The book takes some time to get to the point
What makes this book stand out?:
Weaving a bittersweet tale whose emotions hit the absolute right chords.

Kristy’s Great Idea

Babysitting sounds like a very easy and simple thing to do and fast money-maker, except that it is so not. When Kristy has an idea of opening a babysitter’s club, she had her friends Claudia, Mary Anne, and Stacey in. But what they did not count were the uncontrollable kids, lying and not-paying parents, pets going crazy berserk and much more.

Read it For:
A fun and unique idea told refreshingly
Don't Read it For:
It is of the fast-read chick-lit genre without much of any complexity to the plot.
What makes this book stand out?:
What can be a book’s biggest disadvantage can also be its biggest advantage – depending on the reader. Many people like reading light books, and for them, this stands out as a great one.

Welcome to Camden Falls

Flora and Ruby’s parents have passed away, and so they have to make a home with their grandmother Min at Camden Falls. They are reluctant and hesitant to move in at first, but then they make friends with Olivia and Nikki, and the place slowly begins to feel like home to them

Read it For:
The heartwarming tale of sadness turning into happiness through love and affection.
Don't Read it For:
According to some readers, the language is too flowery than the story needs it to be.
What makes this book stand out?:
Spinning a happy tale out of the misery of two young girls and making the clichéd theme a special one.
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Needle and Thread

Needle and Thread is the name of the tailoring shop that Flora and Ruby’s grandmother runs at Camden Falls. Autumn is here in the small hamlet, and the two sisters have their trouble, and so do their new friends. Can they come out of it with each other’s help?

Read it For:
The sweet and lovely friendship blossoming between the four girls.
Don't Read it For:
It is not as much enjoyable as the series beginner Welcome to Camden Falls and some extent forgettable.
What makes this book stand out?:
Stitching a beautiful tale about four young girls and making their everyday mundane lives a story worth telling.

Belle Teal

Belle Teal lives in the country and lives a happy and peaceful life with her mother and grandmother. But at school, problems arise when her friends are up against some problems.

Read it For:
Even though not a part of any series this Ann M. Martin book is a winner standalone.
Don't Read it For:
If you think you want to keep your children away from reading about difficult social situations at a tender age.
What makes this book stand out?:
Showing how sticking together matters, even at a younger age.

A Dog’s Life: The Autobiography of a Stray

Squirrel and Bone are taught by their mother how to live the life of a stray dog, but then their mother is taken away suddenly, and the two siblings are on their own to deal with the harshness and bits of the love of this real world.

Read it For:
Dogs are one of the best things in the world, and a story of their survival will possibly be the best things an author has written – you can trust that blindly.
Don't Read it For:
If you are one of those strange people who do not like animals, and particularly dogs
What makes this book stand out?:
For some, it is the Ann M. Martin best book by far. It also won a number of awards in and out of USA as children’s and young adult’s book.

The Secret Book Club

Flora and Ruby are on their second summer at the Camden Falls, and things start getting mysterious as someone keeps leaving great books at their doorsteps as well as their friends with instructions to discuss them. Soon they start their very own book club and try to find out who their bibliophile friend is.

Read it For:
What’s there to not read where there are new books ending up on your doorstep every day.
Don't Read it For:
If you are not a fan of, or not in a mood of a light-hearted book.
What makes this book stand out?:
Incorporating a thriller aspect into an otherwise chick-lit genre in the question – who is the book giver?

The Truth About Stacey

Stacey of the babysitter’s club has diabetes, but that is her secret that the other members don’t know. But she has an even bigger problem – her parents, who refuse to acknowledge the disease and keeps consulting doctors. Stacey starts to lose friends, but this time she decides to put her foot down.

Read it For:
It finally answers the question of the previous books – why is Stacey acting so strangely, and it turns out to be quite an issue.
Don't Read it For:
To be honest, the rate at which diabetes is taking over the world and the secrecy with which it is treated in the book, it is a bit unrealistic.
What makes this book stand out?:
Portraying Stacey as a strong-willed girl when the situation asks of it.

The Meanest Doll in the World

Annabelle Doll and Tiffany Funcraft have been neighbors and best of friends ever since they met at Kate Palmer’s house. One day they have an exciting adventure when Kate takes them to school in her backpack. To take a chance at returning alone, they get into the wrong house and meet the mean doll, Mimi.

Read it For:
Very much fun and light on the heart.
Don't Read it For:
If you don’t want your child to start imagining dolls are living – that can be a scary idea.
What makes this book stand out?:
Adventure from a doll’s perspective at the very best!

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