Monday, 14 August 2017

Marsh and Me by Martine Murray

Marsh and Me by Martine Murray
Published May 1, 2017 by Text Publishing
Source: the publisher
Rating: 5 stars

From the blurb: Joey Green wants to stand out - he wants to be the best at something. He plays the guitar, but only when no one is listening. And no one knows he wants to be in a band - no one except the birds and the old kangaroo that live on the hill at the back of his house. When Joey goes up there he can be anything he likes.
But when he finds someone has built a treehouse in an old peppercorn tree on the hill, he's not very happy. Who could this intruder be? And why is she so strange and unfriendly and full of secrets?
Joey has a mystery to solve, and a plan to solve it. And some unexpected discoveries to make.

Marsh and Me is the follow up to Martine Murray's 2016 novel, Molly and Pim and the Millions of Stars. I adored that last year and absolutely loved Marsh and Me!

Joey Green likes imagining his future careers and his possible successes. Will he be an explorer, an astronaut, a guitarist? Only time will tell. He also worries about what he's good at, but when he asked his mum, all she could come up with was that he is a nice kid. But Joey doesn't want to be known for that. One day while exploring the hill out the back, he discovers someone has disturbed his favourite place and he decides to investigate.

Joey's voice was clear from page one. He's smart, funny, and endearing. He wonders about historical events, like how did Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong decide who got to go first? He worries that he's not good enough, that he's not like other boys. He's not good at sports and is shy about sharing his love of music. He feels as though he's a bit of a disappointment and this really weighs on him.

I loved Joey's family relationships. Opal, his younger sister, dotes on him, but he finds her annoying most of the time. I thought she was hilarious, her words and actions always made me laugh aloud. Joey's parents are wonderful and supportive, but at the same time, he was a typical kid who didn't want to tell them everything. He also had a good friend in Digby, despite them being very different.

Joey's friendship with Marsh was a delight. Watching them slowly grow closer, seeing him become more tolerant and caring, rather than resentful and angry. Marsh's story was heartbreaking so it was lovely that she found a friend in Joey.

Ableist language: dumb, bonkers.

Marsh and Me is a beautiful, heartwarming story of friendship, grief, and being true to yourself. The mystery and fairy tale aspect is captivating, and kids will easily relate to Joey's dreams and insecurities.

Thank you to Text Publishing for my copy.

Cover illustration: Kat Chadwick
Cover design: Imogen Stubbs

This cover is perfect. I love the illustration, I love the colour scheme, it suits the story so well. I painted Molly and Pim last year and couldn't wait to paint Marsh and Me!


  1. The illustration on the book is gorgeous!

  2. Aw, this sounds lovely. <3 I have a copy borrowed from the library. It's a pretty small book so hopefully I'll get through it quickly!

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