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Martyn Godfrey (1949–2000)

Author of The Great Science Fair Disaster

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About the Author

Includes the names: Martyn Godfrey, Martyn N. Godfrey

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Works by Martyn Godfrey

Vandarian Incident (1981) 20 copies
Meet You in the Sewer (1993) 13 copies
Send in MS Teeny Wonderful (1988) 12 copies
Alien wargames (1989) 9 copies


Common Knowledge



Peter Griffin is a ship's boy on the "Fox", searching for the missing expedition captained by his uncle, John Franklin, who was mapping the Northwest Passage in the Canadian Arctic. He is only 12 years old and is thrilled to have been asked. The book is his journal. He writes about the daily life on the ship, especially all the work he does as a ship's boy. He talks about illnesses, particularly scurvy and what they believed about it at the time (1857). Travelling with them is Anton, an Inuit man from Greenland. He teaches Peter the language and some of the Inuit beliefs. We follow Peter and his friend Anton as they use the dog sleds, hunt seals for fresh meat, and try to trace the missing ships. The reader gets a feel of what it is like in the Arctic from from the "small" iceberg, only 65 feet high, to thawing ink on the cooking stove, the dismal long winters and the lifting of spirits when the sun next appears.

The mysteries (What happened to Franklin's ships? Did they run out of food? Did they remain trapped in the ice? Were they sick?) are somewhat solved by the end with theories and possible explanations woven into the story.

This is a great book for children to learn more about the Arctic, the history of the Northwest Passage trips and the mystery of the disappearance. The story is easy to read, but very interesting.

I received a free copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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Carlathelibrarian | Feb 5, 2019 |
Here She Is, Ms Teeny-Wonderful by Martyn Godfrey is the May challenge book for the 8th annual Canadian Reads. It's the first of the Carol and Wally trilogy. Carol is a five-canner, meaning she can jump her BMX over five garbage cans. She'd love to move up to being a six-canner but so far, she hasn't managed to. For her, a perfect weekend would be spent on her bike doing tricks and having adventures.

Her mother, meanwhile, believes her daughter could and should be more feminine. She believes in an antiquated feminine ideal and has entered Carol into a brand new pre-teen magazine sponsored beauty contest, Ms Teeny-Wonderful. Carol, to her shock, is a finalist and has been invited from St. Albert, Alberta to Toronto with her mother and a male escort of her choice. Out of desperation to have at least one sympathetic person with her, she invites her best friend and bicycle bro, Wally.

Carol finds herself facing lots of things she doesn't want to but she's too proud and stubborn to back out. She also wants to participate in the contest on her own terms since she was entered without her knowledge. She is a small town girl going to the big city, like a kid from Julian, California flying to New York City.

And then she gets to meet the kids who take this sort of contest seriously. Too seriously. The two to watch out for are a set of twins invited to compete as a single entry: Jean and Joan. Given their obviously wealthy background, spoiled personalities, and down right nastiness, I couldn't help but think of the Biscuit Twins from The Littlest Pet Shop. As that cartoon is a joint US/Canada production, I can only guess that the Biscuits' creator must have read this book. Carol, though, isn't Blythe. She isn't into fashion. She doesn't design her own clothes. She's a stunt rider, through and through, and she's decided to prove to the rest of Canada, that girls can be awesome at it.

I'm not a BMX bike person myself but I'm also not into fashion. I think I would have been mortified if my mother had entered me into a beauty contest. I do, though, love Carol for remaining true to herself, even when facing the bullying of the twins, her own insecurities and fears, and finding her own way to shine on her own terms.

I'm going to leave off with this review with the Biscuit twins doing what they do best, singing about themselves.
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pussreboots | May 23, 2015 |
esthella | 1 other review | Mar 27, 2009 |



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