Ann M. Martin
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|Ann Matthews Martin|
|Born||August 12, 1955|
|Alma mater||Smith College|
|Genres||Children's and Young-adult fiction|
|Notable work(s)||The Baby-sitters Club series|
Ann Matthews Martin (born August 12, 1955) is an American children's author.
Ann Martin grew up in Princeton, New Jersey with her parents and her younger sister, Jane. After graduating from Smith College, Martin became a teacher and then an editor of children's books; she is now a full-time writer. Martin finds the ideas for her books from many different sources; some are based on personal experiences, while others are based on childhood memories and feelings. Many are about contemporary problems or events. All of Ann's characters, including the members of The Baby-Sitters Club, are fictional, but many of her characters are based on real people. Sometimes Ann names her characters after people she knows, and other times she simply chooses names that she likes.
Martin has always enjoyed writing. Even before she was old enough to write, she would dictate stories to her mother to write down for her. Some of her favorite authors at that time were Lewis Carroll, P. L. Travers, Hugh Lofting, Astrid Lindgren, and Roald Dahl. They inspired her to become a writer herself.
Since ending The Baby-Sitters Club series in 2000, Martin’s writing has concentrated on single novels, many of which are set in the 1960s. One of those novels, A Corner of the Universe, won a Newbery Honor in 2003. In 2010, Martin published a prequel to The Baby-Sitters Club series titled The Summer Before.
After living in New York City for many years, Martin moved to the Hudson Valley in upstate New York where she now lives with her dog, Sadie, and her cats, Gussie, Pippen, and Woody. Her hobbies include needlepoint, fostering cats, and gardening. Her favorite thing to do is to make clothes for children. According to the biographical blurb in the back of The Baby-Sitters Club novels, she likes ice cream, her favorite TV show is I Love Lucy, and she hates to cook.[verification needed]
In a televised interview, she identified herself as a "progressive liberal Democrat since the day I was born", stating that she feels that the Democrats best represent her world-view, and that her social and economic views usually align with those of the Democratic Party.
Martin believes that government should be used as a tool to level the economic playing field, to make society as fair as possible for everyone.
She is pro-choice, regarding women's reproductive rights and issues.
Martin is also staunchly secular, believing that society and public life, in addition to making sure that church/religion should be completely separate from government/state, should also guarantee freedom FROM religion to go hand-in-hand with freedom OF religion.
Martin believes that religion should be a completely private thing, and that government should never base policies or legislation on religious views.
She is pro-marriage-equality, supporting the stance that same-sex couples should be treated like and have the exact same rights as heterosexual couples.
Martin is also a self-described feminist, environmentalist and animal-rights advocate.
Martin has also stated that she always votes for Democrats, despite sometimes feeling dismayed that the party has slowly been sliding even more towards the right-wing of the American political spectrum, gradually but surely morphing into a "Republican-Lite" Party.
She believes that the U.S does not currently even have a two-party system. Rather, it is a one-party state; as in there is only one major political party with two factions: The centrist to centre-right Democrats, who are just a more moderate version of the so-called opposition, which consists of the extremist and far-right conservative Republican Party.
Essentially, both factions are dogmatically capitalist, corporatist, neoliberal and socially conservative. The only difference between them being that the Democrats are just slightly less so; they are the faction that is ever so slightly less dogmatic, hence being the "lesser of the two evils". She hopes that the very few real progressives remaining within the Democratic Party (e.g: Dennis Kucinich) will eventually succeed in pulling the party back towards the left of the spectrum, someday making the party into a real social-democratic party.
Ideally, she has stated, she would rather vote for a party that is avowedly progressive and espouses social-democracy or at least social-democratic ideals.
Martin has also stated that voting for the U.S Democrats is the closest thing to being able to vote for a progressive party in the United States without "wasting your vote", due to the current 2-party system that dominates American politics.
If the electoral system were to be changed to one where the overwhelming dominance of the two major parties (Democratic Party and Republican Party) came to an end, Martin would consider the American Social Democratic Party or even the American Green Party.
Among many other reasons, she particularly admires Canada's Tommy Douglas due to his historic introduction of Canada's (and North America's) first single-payer publicly-funded universal health care system to Canada (first in the province of Saskatchewan, then nation-wide), as she believes that humanity has evolved to the point where there is really no excuse for health care to not be considered a human right in the United States.
- Bummer Summer (1983)
- Inside Out (1984)
- Stage Fright (1984)
- Me and Katie (The Pest) (1985)
- Missing Since Monday (1986)
- With and Without You (1986)
- Just a Summer Romance (1987)
- Yours Turly, Shirley (1988)
- Ma and Pa Dracula (1989)
- Belle Teal (2001)
- A Corner of the Universe (2002)
- Here Today (2005)
- On Christmas Eve (2006)
Novels and Sequels
- Everything for a Dog (2009)
- Ten Rules for Living with My Sister (2011)
- Ten Good and Bad Things About My Life (So Far) (2012)
- The Baby-sitters Club series (1986-2000)
- Main article: The Baby-sitters Club
- Kristy`s Great Idea
- Claudia And The Phantom Phone Calls
- The Truth About Stacey
- Mary Ann Saves The Day
- Dawn And The Impossible Three
- Claudia And Mean Janine
- Boy-Crazy Stacey
- The Ghost At Dawns House
- Logan Likes Mary Ann
- Kristy And The Snobs
- Claudia And The New Girl
- Good Bye Stacey, Good Bye
- Hello, Mallory
- Little Miss Stoneybrook... And Dawn
- Jessi's Secret Language
- Mary Ann's Bad-Luck Mystery
- Stacey's Mistake
- Claudia And The Bad Joke
- Kristy And The Walking Disaster
- Mallory And The Trouble With Twins
- Jessi Ramsey, Pet-Sitter
- Dawn On The Coast
- Baby-Sitters Little Sister series (1988-2000)
- Main article: Baby-Sitters Little Sister
- The Kids in Ms. Colman's Class series (1995-1998)
- Teacher's Pet (1995)
- Author Day (1996)
- Class Play (1996)
- Second Grade Baby (1996)
- The Snow War (1997)
- Twin Trouble (1997)
- Science Fair (1997)
- Summer School (1997)
- Halloween Parade (1997)
- Holiday Time (1997)
- Spelling Bee (1998)
- Baby Animal Zoo (1998)
- California Diaries series (1997-2000)
- Dawn (1997)
- Sunny (1997)
- Maggie (1997)
- Amalia (1997)
- Ducky (1998)
- Sunny, Diary Two (1998)
- Dawn, Diary Two (1998)
- Maggie, Diary Two (1998)
- Amalia, Diary Two (1998)
- Ducky, Diary Two (1998)
- Dawn, Diary Three (1999)
- Sunny, Diary Three (1999)
- Maggie, Diary Three (1999)
- Amalia, Diary Three (2000)
- Ducky, Diary Three (2000)
- Main Street (2007-2011)
- The Doll People series (2000-2008) with Laura Godwin and Brian Selznick
- Family Tree (2013- )
- Better to Wish (2013)
- The Long Way Home (2013)
- Best Kept Secret (2014)
- Rachel Parker, Kindergarten Showoff (1992) with illustrations by Nancy Poydar
- Leo The Magnificat (1996) with illustrations by Emily Arnold McCully
- "8 x 2 = Sweet Sixteen," a short story featuring Karen Brewer included in the children's anthology It's Great to Be Eight (2000)
- "The Lost Art of Letter Writing", a short story included in the young adult anthology What You Wish For (2011)
- Because of Shoe and Other Dog Stories (edited) (2012)
- "Ann Martin's 11/29/06 Chat Transcript". Scholastic.com. November 29, 2006. Retrieved August 8, 2012.
- "2003 Newbery Medal and Honor Books". ala.org. Association for Library Service to Children. Retrieved August 8, 2012.
- Martin, Ann M. (April 1, 2010). The Baby-sitters Club: The Summer Before (Hardcover ed.). New York: Scholasic Press. ISBN 978-0-545-16093-3. Retrieved August 8, 2012.
- Ann M. Martin page from Scholastic, her publisher
- Scholastic Authors and Books page for teachers with biography, interview and partial book list.
- Works by or about Ann M. Martin in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
- Ann M. Martin by Margaret Becker, 1993