Martha in the Middle (Hardcover)

By Jan Fearnley, Jan Fearnley (Illustrator)

Candlewick, 9780763638009, 40pp.

Publication Date: June 10, 2008



Martha is tired of being in the middle — until a frog points out its benefits — in a funny story sure to have middle siblings feeling on top of the world.

Being in the middle is no fun for Martha. She gets squashed between her siblings when they argue. She never gets called "big and sensible" or "cutesy-wootsy." Sometimes she even feels invisible. One day she gets so fed up, she decides to run away. Luckily, Martha meets a wise frog who points out that the middle is the best bit — the tasty seeds in the sunflower, the sweet peas in the pod, the juiciest part of a watermelon. With beguiling warmth and humor, Jan Fearnley reassures children that being in the middle of things is a choice spot after all.

About the Author

Jan Fearnley has written and illustrated many books for children, including NEVER TOO LITTLE TO LOVE by Jeanne Willis. She lives in Surrey, England.