Martha Brooks

Martha Brooks grew up in southwestern Manitoba, and now lives and works in Winnipeg. Along with being a critically acclaimed writer, Martha is a jazz singer, performing in local clubs in her home city. She has worked as a teacher of creative writing in Manitoba schools, and now mentors gifted young adult writing students privately in her home. Martha's books have found both a domestic and international market, being translated into Spanish, Japanese, French, German, and most recently Chinese. Her two most recent books for young adults are, Two Moons in August (Groundwood, 1991)and Travelling On Into the Light (Groundwood, 1994).










Young adult short fiction

112 pages / trade paper

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ISBN: 978-0-920633-57-1
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Martha Brooks

Paradise Café and Other Stories was chosen as winner of the 1989 Vicky Metcalf Short Story Award, and winner of the Boston Globe Horn Book Honor Choice Award in 1991. It was also nominated for the Governor General's Award.

Paradise Café and Other Stories is a landmark in short fiction for young adults. With humour and insight Brooks approaches the problems and concerns of teenagers in a variety of settings and time periods. Without sentimentality she portrays love and romance, dreams of achievement, and the cold war between the generations, as experienced by both boys and girls.

Ages 9-13

 Selected Reviews

Bardolph, Jacqueline. Canadian Literature no. 129 (Summer 1991): 169-70.
Comeau, Pauline. i>Winnipeg Free Press . December 14, 1988.
Creed, Carolyn Hoople. Prairie Fire 10.2 (Summer 1989): 92-3.
Granfield, Linda. Books in Canada (June/July 1989): 33-4.
Haupt, Allison. Vancouver Sun . November 10, 1989. E5.
Hughes, Susan. Quill & Quire (June 1989): 10.
International Youth Library (July 1990).
Johnson, Melissa. Halifax Daily News Sunday Magazine. April 23, 1989. 9.
Kennedy, Janice. Montreal Gazette. March 11, 1989.
Kirchhoff, H. J. Globe and Mail.
Lennon, Gail. Canadian Materials 17.2 (March 1989): 68.
Lipscomb, Claire. NeWest Review (June/July 1989): 53-4.
McCracken, Melinda. Border Crossings (Spring 1989): 48.
Norrie, Helen. Winnipeg Free Press. February 18, 1989.
Rae, Arlene Perly. Toronto Star . June 24, 1989. M13.
Robertson, Bill. Saskatoon StarPhoenix. May 13, 1989.
Wyman, Max. Vancouver Province . August 20, 1989. 75.

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