By Marylou Morano Kjelle
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She was able to do this because she relied on her powerful memory, and was able to reach back through the years and remember how if felt to be her readers’ ages. All who know Martin know how important it is for her as a writer to be true to her story. “There’s a lot of Martin in her books,” said Beth McKeever Perkins. “She really cares about the words she writes and who she writes them for. ”55 Martin wrote the Baby-sitters Club books for the enjoyment of her readers, yet she was able to use them to tackle tough subjects such as divorce, death, and illnesses like juvenile diabetes.
Both [parents] liked fantasy and children’s literature, so my world was one of circuses, animals . . elves, gnomes and fairies. 22 The sisters often played their favorite games of Life and Clue. Love and enjoyment of games existed in the Martin household long before Martin and Jane were born. Hank Martin actually invented two adult games—Supermarket and Boodoggle, both of which he sold to Parker Brothers. They were produced and sold in stores, but neither is available to purchase today. Martin and her father loved to play cards, especially double solitaire.
One of the classes she took during her senior year was Child Care. Martin had already made the decision to study elementary education in college. She thought a course in Child Care would be good to take because it would give her the opportunity to interact with 3- and 4-year-olds. She took the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), the standard test that measures a student’s readiness for college, and began investigating various colleges and universities. Once she had narrowed down her choices, she sent out a number of applications and was accepted by all the schools to which she had applied.
Ann M. Martin by Marylou Morano Kjelle