Classroom Resources for the Family Tree Series
By Ann M. Martin
- Grades: 3–5
Meet Ann M. Martin
Ann M. Martin's The Baby-sitters Club series has over 176 million copies in print and inspired a generation of young readers. Her novels include the Main Street series, Belle Teal, the Newbery Honor book A Corner of the Universe, Here Today, A Dog’s Life, and On Christmas Eve, as well as the much-loved collaborations P.S, Longer Letter Later and Snail Mail No More with Paula Danziger, and The Doll People and The Meanest Doll in the World, written with Laura Godwin and illustrated by Brian Selznick. She lives in upstate New York.
Photo by Dion Ogust
About the Books
In 1930, Abby Nichols is eight, and can't imagine what her future holds. The best things today would be having a dime for the fair, keeping her Pops from being angry, and saving up eighty-seven cents to surprise her little sister with a tea set for Christmas.
But Abby's world is changing fast. Soon there will be new siblings to take care of, a new house to move into, and new friends to meet. But there will also be good-byes to say and hard choices to make. As Abby grows older, how will she decide what sort of life will fit her best?
Family Tree Book Two: The Long Way Home
Dana is Abby's daughter--but she's always been much closer to her father, Zander. He's a celebrated New York author who encourages Dana's artistic talents...even if he sometimes drinks too much. Dana is on his side in any argument, regardless of whether he's wrong. And then her father dies.
After years of moving, often with her mother and three siblings, Dana is angry at Abby, and wants nothing more than to leave her family and get back to New York City. She moves in with her young, bohemian aunt Adele, determined to study art, attend school, achieve independence, and avoid all the mistakes her mother made. But can she leave her family and Maine behind?
Family Tree Book Three: Best Kept Secret
Francie likes to think of herself as a normal girl living in Princeton, New Jersey in the 1980s. But having a good life isn’t the same as having a perfect one. Underneath her normal life is another, harder one, full of family secrets and personal challenges. When something truly horrible nearly happens to Francie, she takes on a secret that’s bigger than any she’s ever had before – and it’s one she decides to keep to herself, no matter what.