JoAn Watson Martin

After teaching in the public school system for 22 years, JoAn Watson Martin retired, but continued to serve as a reading/writing consultant for Houston area schools.

She taught for several years in the Alpha Gifted and Talented program of Clear Creek School District. She also served as an adjunct instructor in the School of Education at University of Houston at Clear Lake.

Ms. Martin’s published novels are: Yankee Girl (2002), Yankee Girl: A Grand Adventure (3rd edition, 2009), Good Night Mrs. Dinglewall! Sleep Tight! (2006), Inventing Chloe (2009), and Retrieving Morning (Adult Romance, 2009).

For information about Ms. Martin’s historically informative presentations at schools, contact her at josbook@mindspring.com.

Book Reviews by JoAn Watson Martin

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“The author no doubt has classroom experience.

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Weird & Wacky Inventions is an inspiring book for imaginative readers who are captivated by the impossible, the far out, and the really wild.

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“The magic of this book is dazzling: an elixir for invisiblity, champagne bubbles for forgetting, and the surprising twist at the end.”

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“Leanna Ellis skillfully writes quirky, paranormal teen fiction with a splash of romance, nicely gathering up all her plot threads by the concluding pages.

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Told in blank verse, this story of the early pirates touches on a universal theme of children growing up without adequate adult role models.

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Lucy Jarrett receives word that her mother has been in an accident. She feels bound to leave Japan for home after an absence of ten years.

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A girl who holds conversations with animals! A small, female Dr. Doolittle—how fun!

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With a minimum of text, the author spins a Louisiana alligator tale in graphic novel form. His illustrations go modern as he passes over an incandescent light bulb.

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With a little background from his Three Cups of Tea, Greg Mortenson continues his unbelievable saga of his quest to build schools in “the last best place.” He insists on working in areas o

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Mary Gooch has heard the comment so many times.

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The Story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears has been around forever. In Me and You, Anthony Browne offers his take on the old tale, told from Baby Bear’s viewpoint.

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The Brown Decision in 1954 by the Supreme Court ordered an end to segregation. Schools were mandated to integrate. Eight years later, 1962, nothing had changed in Jackson, Mississippi.

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H. Donald Winkler has researched the lives of nineteen daring women who changed the outcome of Civil War battles.

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(Random House Paperbacks, March 2010)

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Patrick and Margaret had been together for two years. When Patrick had the opportunity to go to Kenya to study tropical diseases, he asked her to go with him.