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Welcome to Camden Falls (Main Street #1)

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Combining the heart of her Newbery Honor-winning fiction and the spirit of her legendary Baby-Sitters Club series, Ann M. Martin introduces a timeless new series for girls.

Flora and Ruby do not want to move to Camden Falls. But they don't really have a choice -- their parents are dead and their grandmother, Min, is taking them in. It's strange to be in a new place. But luc
Paperback, 185 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Scholastic Paperbacks
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Nov 28, 2007 babyhippoface rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-fiction
I can't remember the last time I have been so pleasantly surprised by a book. I chose the first three books in Ann M. Martin's new series "Main Street" to review because my daughter wanted to read them. I picked up the first one, dreading it. Not sure why, maybe it was the whole "Baby-sitters Club" thing. My daughter went through a phase with these, and although I've never read one, I have a negative view of them. Don't know why.

By the time I was half-finished, I didn't want to put it down. Gent
Jul 20, 2008 Tawnie rated it liked it
Shelves: juvenile-fiction
Grades: 4 to 6 Genre: Realistic Fiction
Sisters Ruby and Flora have to move to small New England town to live with their grandmother after their parents die in a car crash. The girls are a bit nervous about the new town, but while things don’t always go smoothly, they start to make friends and start to feel apart of this small community. When a local girl is accused of stealing from one of the shops, Ruby knows that she is innocent and decides to solve this mystery. The grief that the girls feel
These are amazing books. These are my favorite children's books of all time. They are good for ages ten and up. I still go back and read them for fun sometimes. If you are looking for a good clean middle school books these are the ones to chose.
Jul 10, 2016 Elaine rated it liked it
Shelves: kids-books
I liked this well enough for a realistic fiction kids book. It's a good book for late elementary kids. I like that it introduces a lot of diversity into the characters, not just ethnically diverse, but broken families, social class, Down Syndrome, age, Alzheimer's, as well dealing with the death of parents. As such, it may be a bit intense for younger or more sensitive kids, but it's a good way to bring these topics into discussion as a family. This small town community feels so close-knit and m ...more
Oct 21, 2015 Jaret rated it liked it
I almost gave up on this book after disk 1. I'm glad I stuck it out because it ended up being a decent children's realistic fiction story. This small town had a lot of stuff going on around it. Ann M. Martin touched on quite a few issues without being too graphic or too preachy. I think this series would appeal to a lot of young girls because they could see themselves somewhere in the book. She even managed to catch my attention with a small cliffhanger at the end. Flora found a picture of her m ...more
Dec 12, 2008 Ella rated it liked it
It's quite a light read about two orphan girls moving with there lovely grandmother to her hometown. How they settle in and adjust to living in an isolated town in New England, America. At times the speech can be a bit corny but otherwise a good read.
Nov 03, 2009 Meaghan rated it did not like it
too sad barly could end the book.After 3 pages i couldn't bare to read it any more.
Lillian Jillian
Dec 22, 2009 Lillian Jillian rated it liked it
Great. Not five stars, but still a good piece. Is Camden Falls real? I would completely live there. Ann brings a peaceful component to this children's goodread. ;)
Jan 02, 2010 Logan added it
this book has blown me away in so many different derections this story a great childrens book and i hope you liked it as much as me
Sep 23, 2009 Jada rated it it was amazing
This book was very good and i really want to read the next!
Jan 03, 2010 Katie rated it it was amazing
I loved this book you could really understand it!!!
Becky Keir Grace
I picked up this book because the author wrote my all-time favorite series as a child, The Baby-Sitter’s Club. Main Street is a little more modern, but it keeps true to the classic feel the Baby-Sitter’s series did. Ruby and Flora are recently orphaned when a car accident leaves them relatively unharmed, but claims the lives of their parents. Their grandmother, Min, comes to stay with them so they can finish up the school year in their hometown. But now it is summer, and it is time for them to m ...more
My Summary: Flora and Ruby are two young girls who suddenly find themselves orphans, as their parents have died in car accident. Their grandmother, whom they call Min – short for “In a minute”, becomes their guardian and the two girls, along with their cat King Comma, move to Camden Falls, Massachusetts to live with her. The family live in an adorable older home built in the 1800s that is part of the Row Homes on Aiken Avenue. Min has lived in that home her entire life and now the girls are fort ...more
Alberto Lopez
Feb 21, 2017 Alberto Lopez rated it really liked it
Had fun reading it with my girls.
Mar 31, 2011 Jackie rated it really liked it
Main Street Welcome to Camden Falls
by Ann M. Martin
Writer of the Main Street Series

I chose this book because I heard people that I know say that it was a good book.
The story takes place in Camden Falls, Massachusetts in present day.
The main characters in this book is Flora and Ruby. Both their parents died in a car accident so they came to live with their grandmother,Min,in Camden Falls.Flora is more quiet and she really likes to sew. Her sister,Ruby,is more the opposite. She likes to sing snd
Jasmine Escamilla
Aug 10, 2012 Jasmine Escamilla rated it it was amazing
i think this book was realy intresting. overall this book kept you real hooked while reading it. the author had wroten a lot of books ,so she had a lot of expierence writing this other book.reading this book got me to have a lot of connections. my first connection was when ruby's and flora's parents reminded me when my uncle left to live in chicago.the first thing it helped me understand are the similaraties with ruby,flora,and me.the second thing it helped me understand is ruby's and fl ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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I really enjoyed reading the first book in the new MAIN STREET series by Ann M. Martin. I am glad that she is doing another series. I have many girls in my 5th-grade class who are still reading THE BABY-SITTERS CLUB and this new series is a little more timely.

It is the story of two sisters, Flora and Ruby, who lose their parents one night in a terrible car crash. Their grandmother picks up the pieces of their lives and they move to Camden Falls to
Jun 22, 2015 Brooke rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Preteen and Early Teen
I remember right before my 13th birthday going into the seventh grade picking up this book at my local Kmart in their book section. When I first saw this book I told myself that I just had to have it so I bought it right then and there. When we came home from shopping there I started reading this book immdediatley. I just loved the book so much the first time I read it I just had to read it multiple times after that.

I just love the small town feel of it and kind of wishing that my town as kind o
Aiko M
Jan 02, 2016 Aiko M rated it really liked it
Flora and ruby moved to Camden falls with their grandmother after the big accident. They don't think they will ever like it as much as their old home, but soon they seemed to get in the flow and enjoy things in the town. They live in #4 of the row houses on Aiken Avenue. Their neighbors are the Morris family, Mr and Mrs Willet, the Malone family, Olivia Walter and her family, Mr Pennington, Robby Edwards and his family, and the Fong family. They get to know Olivia really well and become great fr ...more
Carol Jen
Aug 26, 2010 Carol Jen rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
I really enjoyed this story. The first in a series about sisters who lose their parents in an accident and move to live with their grandmother (in the same house their mother grew up in). I enjoyed the characters and the small town setting. This is probably definitely a book for girls and while it is a great book for children who have lost a loved one I think it would appeal to lots of girls in general. Fans of the babysitters club (or any books that center on a group of friends) would especiall ...more
Dec 14, 2007 cubbie rated it really liked it
(Scholastic Book Fair)

fun, with cute literary illusions at the beginning. a little more flowery than the baby-sitters club, but with a boring wholesomeness near the end.

"Flora and Ruby were not pale waifs shivering under threadbare blankets. Nor were they off on a glorious, romantic adventure. They were just Flora and Ruby Northrop, whose parents had died in a car accident and who were now going to live with their grandmother Min in Camden Falls, Massachusetts.
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Aug 08, 2008 Helene rated it it was ok
I read this one in an hour or so at Barnes & Noble's, out of curiosity. This is the first book in Ann M. Martin's new series about two sisters who, after their parents' death, move to a small town called Camden Falls, where their grandma lives and runs a sewing shop called Needle and Thread.
This book served as an introduction to the characters and the places. I wanted to like it, because it seemed like an innocent little book with good intentions. It is a little boring though. The two siste
Oct 29, 2008 LULU♥ rated it liked it
Recommends it for: claudia
My goal for this week was to read one to two chapters every day.I did meet my goal thats why i finished faster and i tryed my best to finish all six book that we needed to do by the end of thursday.

In the book Main Street there was 174 pages.It took me a pretty long time to read this book because i really don't read books this long.

There was only one to two characters well the main character was Ann M. Martin she loves to sew and loves to take walks withher dog,Sadie. She alos haas three cats
Siti Nur Ain
Feb 02, 2014 Siti Nur Ain rated it liked it
I read this book when I was 7 or so, which is about 9 years ago, so obviously I have forgotten the story except for some parts.

Well honestly the (very) few things I remember are the cover art (which I liked very much then), a map (I think), and some of the illustrations (I think). Yeah you can tell that I really do recall very little details of the book.

BUT one thing that I am VERY sure about the book is this: it is a great series by a great author and I highly recommend girls of ages 7 to 12
May 25, 2010 Angela rated it did not like it
Shelves: elementary-books
Judging from the other reviews I have read, I am the only person who didn't like this book. I bought the series for the elementary school, and now I wish I wouldn't have spent the money on it.

This is a very wholesome book, but I feel part of the problem is that it is trying too hard to be wholesome. Every character has some sort of problem, and the girls are very tolerant of those problems. I don't have a problem with tolerance and acceptance of those who are different, but how realistic is it
Jul 02, 2009 Jessica rated it it was ok
I don't know...I guess I just expected more from Ann. Having grown up on the Baby-Sitters Club books,I was really looking forward to her new series. However, it was very...slow...the story didn't pick up until more than half-way through, and even then, it wasn't thrilling. Also, the characters did nothing for me. I remember the BSC girls being so COOL. Stacey with her NYC chic style and Claudia with her funky, artsy style, Dawn the surfer, Kristy the tomboy, Maryann the goody two shoes....but in ...more
Mohsena Akter
Nov 05, 2012 Mohsena Akter rated it it was ok
I like adventurous story books but this book isn't quite adventurous, so i rated this 2 out of 5. People who are not interested in moving from one particular place to another can find pleasure reading this book. The story is about two sisters named Flora & Ruby who doesn't want to move to a place named Camden Falls with their grandmother Mimi & they doesn't really have a choice as their parents were dead. Luckily, they find friends-real friends there. Two sad, orphans find happiness at l ...more
Jun 16, 2010 Jeff rated it liked it
This is a chapter book about two sisters named Flora and Ruby who are orphans. Their parents died in a car accidnet and they are sent to live with their grandmother in Camden Falls. The story is about the sisters meeting other girls and getting used to their new home. This is written for 5th to 8th graders. Primarily for girls. I think girls will enjoy this book because my 12-year-old twin daughters really liked it. There arent many illustrtaions, but I think the story is interesting enough to k ...more
Sep 09, 2014 Jessica rated it really liked it
This is a fun series for young girls. There are a lot of characters with interesting backgrounds and stories that are constantly evolving.
Ann M. Martin is wonderful at writing books that match seasons. These books are great at making the reader get the feeling of the season that the book is taking place in. I especially love her books that take place in fall. She weaves in descriptions of change that make you long for that time of year.
This is a great introduction to the series that really gra
Christina Ayala
Dec 29, 2014 Christina Ayala rated it really liked it
I was very happy with this book! Martin always has relatable characters and scenarios! In the Main Street series, she weaves characters, their stories, and the small town into one interesting plot. I really enjoyed the diversity of people: a guy with down syndrome, a lady with dementia, and a girl whose father is an alcoholic (these are just to name a few). With the variety of struggles the characters face, there are a multitude of learning opportunities for the reader. While reading this, I was ...more
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Ann Matthews Martin was born on August 12, 1955. She grew up in Princeton, New Jersey, with her parents and her younger sister, Jane. After graduating from Smith College, Ann became a teacher and then an editor of children's books. She's now a full-time writer.

Ann gets the ideas for her books from many different places. Some are based on personal experiences, while others are based on childhood me
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