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Earth to Matthew
Danziger, Paula, 1944-2004.
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Publication Information:
New York : Putnam & Grosset Group, 1998.

Physical Description:
148 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Matthew Martin finds himself on the threshold of becoming a teenager in suburban America and experiences conflicting emotions regarding his future.
General Note:
"A PaperStar Book"--T.p. verso.

Originally published: New York : Delacorte Press, 1991.

"A Matthew Martin book"--Cover.
Reading Level:

750 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.1 4.0 6412.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 5.7 6 Quiz: 03427 Guided reading level: U.
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Matthew Martin begins to take life a little more seriously when his class takes on a recycling project and his feelings for his pal Jill take on a more romantic bent.

Author Notes

Paula Danziger was born in Washington, D.C., on August 18, 1944.

She received her Master's Degree in reading and began her career as a teacher. She has taught at the junior high, high school, and college levels.

Danziger is best known for a series of children's books about Amber Brown, including Amber Brown Is Not a Crayon, You Can't Eat Your Chicken Pox, Amber Brown, and Amber Brown Wants Extra Credit. Each of these books deals with a "crisis" in the life of young Amber Brown, such as her progressing to fourth grade. Danziger's writing is often inspired by conversations with her niece, Carrie, who is the model for Amber Brown. Other books by Danziger include The Cat Ate My Gymsuit, Remember Me to Harold Square, and Thames Doesn't Rhyme with James.

Danziger has become popular in Britain where she was nominated for the British Book Award for Children. She has also received several awards in America: the Parent's Choice Award, an International Reading Association-Children's Book Council Award, and an IRA-CBC Children's Choice Award. Danziger takes time out from writing to host a literary segment on a BBC children's show, called Live and Kicking.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 4-6. Danziger continues the adventures of Matthew Martin in the third installment about the punning sixth-grader. There's not much plot to this one, it's more a string of incidents--Matthew's sister, Andrea, hates her family and turns punk; Matthew learns the intricacies of sixth-grade love; and school turns interesting when an ecology assignment turns him on. Although there's more of a serious edge to this story compared to the previous ones, it's Danziger's usual fast pacing and up-to-the-minute slangy dialogue that will grab readers. Making the sell easy is the funny cover featuring Matthew and his gal pal, Jil! (the second l has been changed to an exclamtion point for excitement purposes) looking so real they could be in a photograph. ~--Ilene Cooper

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-8-- This third book about 11-year-old Matthew Martin and his friends is a total triumph and complete delight. Danziger's insight into adolescents is keen and compassionate, yet thoroughly humorous, as demonstrated here when Matthew discovers girls. Specifically, he discovers classmate and good-friend Jill Hudson, seeing her in a new light and finding the attraction mutual. The two are teamed on a committee as part of their class study of ecology, a project that becomes important as the students really try to make an impact on their school, homes, and town. Lots of good information on ecology and recycling is integrated into the story. Matthew and Jill's relationship develops smoothly, and neither feels any great pressure to become involved physically or sexually--these are just two surprisingly mature kids dealing with awakening feelings slowly and cautiously. The book is peopled with delightful characters, including Matthew's parents, who are two of the most sympathetic and fully drawn in current adolescent fiction. Danziger fills her easy-flowing dialogue with deliberately bad puns--Matthew's trademark--and deftly sprinkled teen slang. Hilarious situations crop up continually, and are always satisfyingly resolved. A nice touch is the inclusion of the thoughts of other classmates, many of whom are dealing with battling parents and broken homes, adding a bittersweet contrast to Matthew and Jill's stable families. --Joyce Adams Burner, formerly at Spring Hill Middle Sch . , KS (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.