Bad Martha

When Bad Martha was born, she was so angry and cried so loud and for so long, that she became so ugly that all the mothers took their babies home from the hospital. Then all the nurses went home too. Bad Martha is a witch, and to her dismay, she is stuck with ordinary parents.

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Wendy Orr is a Canadian-born Australian writer. Her books for children and adults have been published in 27 countries and won awards around the world. Nim’s Island and Nim at Sea have also become feature films, starring Jodie Foster and Abigail Breslin (Nim’s Island) and Bindi Irwin (Return to Nim’s Island.) Her latest book is Dragonfly Song, a novel in free verse and prose of an outcast girl who becomes a bull-leaper in Bronze Age Crete. Read full bio