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Publication Order of Chickadee Court Mysteries Books

Who Is Stealing the 12 Days of Christmas? (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Who Stole Halloween? (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Who Stole Uncle Sam? (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Who Stole Grandma's Million-Dollar Pumpkin Pie? (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Who Stole New Year's Eve? (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of First Kids Books

The Case of the Rock 'n' Roll Dog (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Case of the Diamond Dog Collar (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Case of the Ruby Slippers (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Case of the Piggy Bank Thief (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Case of the Bug on the Run (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Case of the Missing Dinosaur Egg (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of The Secret Cookie Club Books

The Secret Cookie Club (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Campfire Cookies (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
P.S. Send More Cookies (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Trouble With... Books

The Trouble with Cats (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Trouble with Babies (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Trouble with Twins (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Stink Bomb Mom (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Year My Parents Ruined My Life (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Polyester Grandpa (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fourth Grade Weirdo (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Spy Wore Shades (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
1,000 Reasons Never to Kiss a Boy (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Orphan and the Mouse (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Strudel's Forever Home (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Effie Starr Zook Has One More Question (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Zap! (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Little Red Hoodie (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Noah McNichol and the Backstage Ghost (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Trashed! (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Picture Books

If You're Going to a March (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Born Curious (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Chapter Books

Mrs. Wow Never Wanted a Cow (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Goldilocks, Go Home! (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon

About Martha Freeman
The American author Martha Freeman is well known for her imaginative and innovative stories that really invest her readers both young and old. Working in various different capacities as a writer over the years, she’s also established herself as a copywriter, and as a newspaper reporter. Building her name and brand, she draws her readers in, holding them there, whether it’s her mysteries, or her children’s literature in general. Largely focusing on a younger audience, her work really resonates with her readers, as it is genuine, engaging, and authentic.

With an extensive backlog of work, Martha Freeman is one of the most prolific authors currently within her field. Relating to readers from all over the world, her books resonate in a manner quite unlike any other, with her intriguing and engaging premises. Knowing how to craft a mystery well too, she writes in a styles that’s easy to understand, yet never talks down to her audience. Setting herself apart, her readers continually come back for more time and time again, with many of her books being part of various ongoing series.

Her characters are also extremely well drawn, creating fully fledged personalities that really stand out as three-dimensional. Leaving an impact, they stay with the young readers long after they’ve put the book down, while also nurturing a keen interest in reading. Speaking extensively on her craft too, she also visits various different schools across America, talking directly to her audience. There’s a lot more to come in the future too, as she isn’t stopping any time soon, as her writing career continues to grow.

Early and Personal Life
Born in 1956 on the 25th of February, Martha Freeman would grow up in Whittier, California, in the United States. Raised in Southern California, she would develop a strong passion for both the art of writing and reading extensively. Over time she would nurture this interest of hers, finding her voice as an author, and as artist with something unique to say.

Attending Glenoaks Elementary, and then Woodrow Wilson Junior High, followed by Glendale High School, she would go on to make a name fore herself. Graduating from Stanford University with a history degree in 1978, she would work a variety of different jobs, including teacher, reporter, lecturer, and editor. Currently living in Boulder, Colorado, she continues to write regularly, putting out work on a consistent basis with more to follow.

Writing Career
The first book that Martha Freeman would write was titled ‘Stink Bomb Mom’ and it was a children’s book published in 1996. Establishing her as a new voice in the children’s literary scene, she would go on to write ‘The Year My Parents Ruined My Life’ in 1997 just one year later. Both of these would be stand-alone titles, although Freeman would create her first series in 2000 titled ‘Trouble With…’ and it would begin with ‘The Trouble With Cats.’

There would be several other series over the course of her writing career, including the ‘Chickadee Court Mysteries,’ the ‘First Kids Mysteries,’ and ‘Secret Cookie Club’ series. Introducing many of her young readers to the genre of mystery for the first time, she sought to make it accessible and engaging for them.

The Case of the Bug on the Run
Originally brought out on the 1st of January in 2013, this would be the sixth title in the ‘First Kids’ series of books. Published through the ‘Holiday House’ publishing label, the series would follow the adventures of two young children and their different mysteries solved while living as the daughters of the first female American president in the White House. Aimed at children, the stories feature Cammie and Tessa, who, along with their dog, always have a new case to solve.

There’s plenty of nice extra details in here, especially when it comes to detailing in and around the White House for its young readers. As well as being a fun mystery, it also provides plenty of factual information for them, teaching them about political issues in an entertaining and engaging manner. With a lot of humor mixed in there too, it’s a warm and funny story with some lively and imaginative chapters throughout. The layout of the book itself also helps introduce children to books featuring chapters, making it easy and fun to follow.

While attending the National Zoo, Tessa and Cammie, the First Kids, are soon found taking home a Madagascar Hissing Cockroach that was otherwise unwanted. Naming her Maddie, she soon goes missing, but later is returned by the FBI, and she’s been bugged, which is a problem with the kid’s mother being the American president. This leads to the Cammie and Tessa conducting their own investigation, as they attempt to find who could be possibly spying on them. Will they be able to find the culprit? Why were they bugged? What is the truth behind the case of the bug on the run?

Little Red Hoodie
First published in 2020 on the 1st of December, this was initially published through the ‘Holiday House publishing outlet once again, while being a stand-alone story. While this may be a stand-alone piece, it does act as a companion piece to the book titled ‘Goldilocks, Go Home!’ With Marta Sevilla acting as a contributor to the book, the two of them have worked together to create a colorful and vibrant story. Providing an alternative look at the classic Little Red Riding Hood fairy-tale, it offers another perspective, this time more irreverent.

Not able to follow directions to her grandmother’s house, Little Red Hoodie is lost in a fairy-tale fantastical land. Losing the directions that headed past the beanstalk and Breadcrumb, she’s lost herself and her basket’s been stolen in the magical forest. Featuring a whole host of colorful cameos along the way, she meets plenty of friends who help her out in getting to her grandmother’s house and finding her basket. Narrating the story are the characters of Little Red Hoodie and Bobby Bear, as they take it in turns to relate this reimagined tale.

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