Family Tree Book One: Better to Wish by Ann M MartinFamily Tree Book One: Better to Wish by Ann M Martin

Family Tree Book One: Better to Wish

byAnn M Martin

Hardcover | April 30, 2013

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Four generations. Four girls. One family. An amazing new four-book series from Ann M. Martin.

In 1930, Abby Nichols is eight, and can't imagine what her future holds. The best things today would be having a dime for the fair, keeping her Pops from being angry, and saving up eightyseven cents to surprise her little sister with a teaset for Christmas.

But Abby's world is changing fast. Soon there will be new siblings to take care of, a new house to move into, and new friends to meet. But there will also be good-byes to say and hard choices to make. As Abby grows older, how will she decidewhat sort of life will fit her best?

In this incredible new series, bestselling author Ann M. Martin brings the past and the present together one girlhood at a time and shows readers the way a family grows.

ANN M. MARTIN's The Baby-Sitters Club series sold over 176 million copies and inspired a generation of young readers. Her novels include the Main Street series, Belle Teal, the Newbery Honor book A Corner of the Universe, Here Today, A Dog's Life, and On Christmas Eve, as well as the much-loved collaborations P.S, Longer Letter Later a...
Title:Family Tree Book One: Better to WishFormat:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 8.55 × 5.73 × 0.9 inPublished:April 30, 2013Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0545359422

ISBN - 13:9780545359429


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Age preference I must say that I completely disagree with the age preference that kobo gave this book. I am thirteen and I absolutely ADORED this book! Also, there are certain parts that I don't think are suitable for children that age. Just because she is 8 at the very starting of this book, it is her life story! I think that the age preferences should be changed to at least 12 and up. Okay, maybe a little lower. But I do not think 6-8 will suffice.
Date published: 2013-09-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Realistic historical series highlighting 4 generations of girls from one family The Good Stuff Very realistic and true to the time period (warning some of it is quite sad and may be hard for the more sensitive reader but it is written beautifully and appropriate for the age level) Abby is a strong willed likeable character that you will cheer for Loved the relationship between Abby and Rose Moral issues are done in a non preachy way which is an impressive feat for middle grade fiction Will encourage readers to learn more about this period of history Liked the slice of life and how the series will go through 4 generations of women. Reminded me a little of a series by Phillappa Carr that I read when I was a teen. This type of series really appeals to me All of the characters feel very real and act appropriately for this period of time Looking forward to reading the rest of the series Lovely use of humour The Not So Good Stuff Jumpy at times Father is a misogynistic racist jerk Favorite Quotes/Passages "Long years later, when Abby was old, very old, she liked to recall this evening. Not because Rose had lost her dime, of course, but because it was pleasant to dwell in this time when losing a dime was the biggest worry she and Rose faced. They hadn't yet learned that it was better not to know what was waiting for them around the corner." "When we grow up," said Sarah, "we should tell our husbands that we have to live next door to each other so that we can see each other every single day and our children can be best friends, too." Who Should/Shouldn't Read Great book for middle grade girls who are not into the paranormal Some more sensitive middle graders might want to stay away as it deals with darker subject matter like mental issues, racism, death and depression Fans of the babysitter's club will enjoy this series as the writing style is the same and highlights the importance of friendships 4.5 Dewey's I received this from Scholastic in exchange for an honest review
Date published: 2013-06-07

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Family Tree Book One: Better to Wish"[Better to Wish] has more in common with bittersweet classics like 'Little Women' and 'Bridge to Terabithia' . . . Martin excels at capturing the hopes and hardships of adolescent girls . . . powerful." -The New York Times Book Review"Remarkable . . . This exceptional first volume in Ms. Martin's "Family Tree" tetralogy is like holding a length of the braided cord described by Russell Baker; we know that it leads to our own time, but we don't yet know how." -The Wall Street Journal*"Martin incorporates universal themes into this period piece, and her poignant writing is sure to satisfy fans." -Publishers Weekly, starred review"Sure to be a hit with children . . . Martin writes with respect for her readers, piquing their interest in history and tackling real-life issues head-on, but with grace." -School Library Journal"The deftly rendered theme of personal resilience . . . will earn this a deservedly wide audience." -Kirkus"The story has that addictive quality of the multigenerational family saga . . . We're hooked." -Horn Book