Ready for Takeoff!

Meet Martin Bridge — a boy whose well-meant plans sometimes go awry. In three illustrated stories, Martin encounters two bus drivers with very different ways of relating, makes a tough decision about a friend’s pet and takes on an extremely competitive model rocket project that almost costs him a friendship. The daily rhythms, struggles and triumphs of childhood — at home, at school and with friends — are evoked with warmth, understanding, honesty and humor.

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Ready For Takeoff! DiptychIt 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.” The daily rhythms, struggles and triumphs of childhood – at home, at school and with friends – are evoked with warmth, understanding, honesty and humor.

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