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 her plans are put on hold when Martha’s pregnant cat goes missing.
Martha and the Boys is a 26,000 word contemporary middle grade novel in the vein of The Penderwicks and the Clementine series. Sue Campbell is a freelance writer with a passion for middle grade fiction. She lives with her husband, two daughters and flock of chickens in Portland, Oregon. And yes, it’s that weird.