Author: Martine Murray
Genre: middle grade
Publisher: Random House, Children’s
Pub Date: February 19, 2019
Rating: 🎵 🎵 🎵 🎵 🎵
Taken from NetGalley
.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.
Marsh and Me was wonderful book about a boy named Joey who discovers his true talent and a girl named Marsh who is healing from the loss of her mother. They both seem to be lost at the beginning of the story but through their friendship they find the courage to come out of their shell.
I really liked Joey’s character in this book. He wasn’t athletic or able to build things like his father and he just felt like a nobody until he was able to play the guitar at his school’s battle of the bands. Marsh was a bit of an odd girl, but she was so bold it fit with how shy Joey was and they were exactly what the other needed.
I think many kids would be able to relate to Joey’s character. I really liked this one!
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