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About Devine Intervention

"Frequently hysterical ... devastatingly honest writing that surprises with its occasional beauty and hits home with the keenness of its insight." 

—Kirkus Reviews, starred review


"So much fun... an insightful story about seizing life for all it’s worth while you have the chance."

—Publishers Weekly

"It is a pleasure to read a writer who so delights in language, and who writes so captivatingly in a teen voice with such imaginative description."

— Los Angeles Times

“This is a love story. Not a romantic love story, but a story of the development of a deep caring relationship with another being. Humorous and sad at times, it brings us to ask ourselves what we think about heaven and how we get there. Believable and fast-paced, it keeps us reading to the end.”

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Martha Brockenbrough has interviewed celebrities (once in a private jet), founded National Grammar Day, wrote game questions for Cranium and Trivial Pursuit, worked as a strap cutter in a golf bag manufacturing company, taught high school students, and edited—and not necessarily in that order. Martha lives in Seattle with her husband, their two daughters, and their two dogs.

Martha is the author of five books:

  • Devine Intervention, a young adult novel about the world's most inept guardian angel and the girl he accidentally kills. (June 2012, Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine Books)
  • The Dinosaur Tooth Fairy (July 2013, Arthur A. Levine Books)
  • Finding Bigfoot: Everything You Need to Know (August 2013, Feiwel & Friends)
  • Things That Make Us [Sic], published in 2008 by St. Martin's Press
  • It Could Happen to You, published in 2002 by Andrews McMeel Universal

Two more are on their way: 

  • The Game of Love and Death, about two Seattle jazz musicians in 1937 who fall in love despite race and class barriers, without realizing they are pawns in a lethal game played by Love and Death themselves. 
  • Love, Santa, a picture book about a moment a child begins to wonder how Santa gets down all those chimneys, and whether he exists. The book answers the question while managing to keep the magic alive.


She founded both National Grammar Day and SPOGG, the Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar. National Grammar Day is every March 4. Mark your calendars!

Martha is on the national blog team for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.

Erin Cartwright Niumata of Folio Lit represents Martha's writing for adults. Sarah Davies of The Greenhouse Literary Agency represents her work for young readers. Josie Freedman of ICM is Martha's film agent.