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Ten-year-old Martha has leadership skills. At least that’s what her parents say. Her cousins, Sanjay and Anand, just say she’s bossy.
When the boys’ parents must go to India to visit a dying relative, Martha and her cousins are thrown together for six summer weeks in Portland, Oregon. So naturally, things get a bit weird. We’re talking a station wagon full of goats, feral cats, an apparent fairy infestation, a befouled swimming pool, and a giant bone-breaking chicken type weird.
All the while eight-year-old Anand is facing the biggest challenge of his life in the form of a Tarzan-style rope swing across the neighborhood swimming pool and Sanjay has a big secret stashed in the attic crawlspace. Martha tries to keep everyone on task; there’s a Forty Two Days of Fun List to get through. But Martha’s plans are put on hold when her very pregnant cat goes missing.
Martha and the Boys is a contemporary novel with a classic feel. If your family loved The Penderwicks and Ivy and Bean, you’ll fall head over heels for Martha and the Boys.