Signs of Martha
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Signs of Martha

3.55 of 5 stars 3.55  ·  rating details  ·  11 ratings  ·  4 reviews
SILVER MEDAL WINNER --?2011 Moonbeam Awards
Paperback, 176 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Great Plains Publications (first published January 1st 2011)
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Signs of Martha is a fast paced read featuring a large cast of quirky characters. Main character, Martha, is struggling between leading the life she wants and the life her parents, sister, boyfriend, and friends seem to expect from her. Spending most of her time doodling, picking cucumbers, and fantasizing about art school. When she meets an eccentric sign painter named Velvet, her dreams of becoming an artist actually seem within reach. Unfortunately, Velvet might be the worst thing to ever hap...more
Originally reviewed on my blog, Books from Bleh to Basically Amazing.

Signs of Martha by Sarah Raymond is the story of Martha- a young girl who feels like her town is too small for her and her ideals and after getting involved with a 'real' artiste who recently came to her town, her mild discontent starts to morph into genuine feelings of displacement and superiority.

This book has left me feeling rather neutral. There were parts and pieces of the story that I did like, and parts that I did not.

One problem with this novel is that the back cover tells you just about the whole story, so there are zero surprises. There are no twists, which is a shame because an artistic character like Martha should have some twists in her life. I think Raymond did a good job at portraying the frustrations of rural teens. Martha feels trapped by her boyfriend’s plans, and I think is justifiably wigged when he makes a big purchase without consulting her. Martha doesn’t have much opportunity to explore her o...more
Sarah Raymond's YA novel, Signs of Martha, is a fast-paced read with a quirky cast of unique characters. In it, 16-year-old Martha Becker is a daydreaming pickle-grower with an artistic bent. When a zealous sign painter lands in Martha's agriculturally-inclined world, she finds a dream, a mentor, and a whole lot of trouble.

I guarantee that this book will have you laughing out loud as well as worrying for Martha as she gets herself in trouble by painting opinionated signs about her neighbours and...more
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Sarah Raymond is a Toronto, Ontario author for young adults. Her first novel, Signs of Martha, was published in 2011 by Great Plains Teen Fiction.
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