by Martha Martin
Martha M. Martin’s YA novel The Haunting of Annie MacKay was recently featured in the South Whidbey Island Record. In her article, “New children’s books by Whidbey Island authors,” writer Patricia Duff writes, “Martha M. Martin integrates the very real themes of homelessness and bullying into her first novel for middle school readers.” She continues,
“In this old-fashioned ghost story, main character Annie MacKay is dealing with various harrowing relationships and situations in her San Francisco middle school, while living out of an old van with her well-meaning, but unlucky and homeless parents. When Annie learns that she has inherited a Victorian mansion on Fog Island off the coast of Washington state, the family moves there, accepting the terms that the house is haunted and that they must live there for at least one month in order to own it. With the help of a new friend, the resilient Annie combats the predatory influence of a look-alike ghost whose unmet needs include finding a doll lost in a shipwreck two generations earlier.”
In addition to this excellent synopsis of The Haunting of Annie MacKay, Ms. Duff mentions that Martha will speak to classes at Langley Middle School on this Friday, November 14.
Of The Haunting of Annie MacKay, Sandy Gilbert, a teacher of thirty-one years, raves, “This brilliantly written first novel deals with friendships, family, and a sense of community in a fashion that will keep you turning pages.”