Marsh and Me
Friendship takes some imagination in this story of two kids who discover they have more in common than they knew, for fans of Stargirl.
Joey wants more than anything to talk to someone about music, to be a part of the group. But he's so shy, something always seems to get in the way. He escapes to a secret place on a hill, until one day he discovers that a strange girl has invaded the hill--and built a fort that looks like a spaceship. The hill is the one place he can be himself, so Joey decides he needs to stake his claim. He confronts the girl, whom he calls Marsh (short for Martian), and finds that she has been busy in her little makeshift "spaceship," building an imaginary world.
It's a world that hides secrets, but might also be the very thing to bring Joey out of his shell. And when Joey decides to follow Marsh home, her real life is not what he expected. But there he finds that they have music in common and he realizes that no distance is so great that music cannot bridge.
Martine Murray brings a unique friendship to life in this openhearted, imaginative tale.
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'Molly and Pim is wild, whimsical and wonderful. It makes you fall in love with the world and everyone in it.' -- Sally Rippin 'Here is a middle-grade novel that sees beauty and magic in the environment around us, and celebrates seeds of friendship which grow deep roots. I loved this charming and whimsical novel, and young readers will too!' Alpha Reader, on Molly and Pim and the Millions of Stars 'Warm and wise for middle-grade readers who appreciate just a hint of the fantastic.' Kirkus Reviews, on Molly and Pim and the Millions of Stars
Martine Murray was born in Melbourne, and now lives in Castlemaine. Her most recent novel, Molly and Pim and the Millions of Stars, was shortlisted for the 2016 CBCA Award for Younger Readers.