Ready for Takeoff!

Ready For Takeoff! Diptych

It was Martin’s idea to decorate the model rocket with flames. So why did his friend steal the idea? Now Martin has to come up with something even better in time for Saturday’s launch. But will he lose a friend in the process?

Meet Martin Bridge, a boy whose best-laid plans go awry in this lively trio of stories: “Riddles”, “Faster Blaster” and “Smithereens”.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Reviews ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

  • “Jessica Scott Kerrin’s Martin Bridge: Ready for Takeoff is a pitch-perfect chapter book that confronts its hero with three very real-world ethical dilemmas every elementary student will recognize.” School Library Journal, June, 2006.
  • “The daily rhythms, struggles and triumphs of childhood – a home, at school and with friends – are evoked with warmth, understanding, honesty and humor.” Goodreads.
  • “Slice-of-life incidents, presented in three short stand alone chapters, ring with truth and familiarity because Martin is no cookie-cutter elementary school boy. A warm rich story for new chapter-book readers, who will be more than ready for Martin Bridge.” Horn Book, June 1, 2005.
  • “The everyday worlds of school, home and clubs offer Martin Bridge several opportunities for growth, and his responses are on target for a third grader. Kerrin relates the episodes in a straightforward way that incorporates rich language.” School Library Journal, May 1, 2005.
  • “In Martin Bridge: Ready for Takeoff!, independent readers found a sympathetic and completely likeable character whose elementary school trials and tribulations were relayed with warmth and humor. Martin’s second outing provides more of what made the first book work so beautifully. Martin Bridge is worth looking out for.” Horn Book, December 1, 2005.


Cover used by permission of Kids Can Press. Text © 2005 Jessica Scott Kerrin, illustrations © 2005 Joseph Kelly.