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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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You can buy DEVINE INTERVENTION anywhere books are sold, including: 

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In case it's not available in your local bookstore, you can ask them to order it. They'll be happy to, and you can feel very fancy and special. The ISBN is 0545382130, but really, just the title and Martha's name will do it.

The Dinosaur Tooth Fairy, the story of an unlikely friendship, to be published by Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic. Coming July 1, 2013.

And in bookstores:

Things That Make Us [Sic]

This book is for people who experience heartbreak over love notes with subject-verb disagreements; for anyone who’s ever considered hanging up the phone on people who pepper their speech with such gems as “irregardless,” “expresso,” or “disorientated”; and for the earnest souls who wonder if it’s “Woe is Me” or “Woe is I” or even “Woe am I.”

Martha Brockenbrough’s Things That Make Us [Sic] is a laugh-out-loud guide to grammar and language, a snarkier American answer to Lynn Truss’s runaway success, Eats, Shoots & Leaves. Brockenbrough is the founder of National Grammar Day and SPOGG—the Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar—and as serious as she is about proper usage, her voice is funny, irreverent, and never condescending. Things That Make Us [Sic] addresses common language stumbling stones such as evil twins, clichés, jargon, and flab, and offers all the spelling tips, hints, and rules that are fit to print. It’s also hugely entertaining, with letters to high-profile language abusers, including David Hasselhoff, George W. Bush, and Canada’s Maple Leafs [sic], as well as a letter to—and a reply from—Her Majesty, the Queen of England.

Brockenbrough has written a unique compendium combining letters, pop culture references, handy cheat sheets, rants, and historical references that is as helpful as it is hilarious.

"Do you ever feel badly or get nauseous? Things That Make Us [Sic] will cure you of those maladies and make you feel properly bad and nauseated about sloppy grammar, usage, and punctuation. It will also give you a generous dose of that best medicine: laughter. With winsome humor and humility, Martha Brockenbrough shows us how to choose language that is clear, precise, and unaffected. She also reminds us, inter alia, that 'irregardless is an irregular word, just as underwear is an irregular hat.'"—Charles Harrington Elster, author of Verbal Advantage and What in the Word?

"'Grammar' and 'glamour' have the same derivation: an old Scottish word meaning 'sorcery.' So, good grammar is not merely a glamorous antidote to creeping meatballism, it has the power of the black arts behind it. Martha Brockenbrough is hip to these secrets."—Tom Robbins, author of Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, Villa Incongnito, and Skinny Legs and All

"Martha Brockenbrough is hilarious."—June Casagrande, author of Grammar Snobs Are Great Big Meanies

"A smart, up-to-the-minute take on the world of words that's funny and
sometimes even bawdy."—Bill Walsh, author of Lapsing Into a Comma and The Elephants of Style

"From her founding of the hilariously named SPOGG (Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar) to her diligently penned correction letters, Martha Brockenbrough delights grammar mavens while inducing giggles. She's a tidal wave of grammar fun."—Mignon Fogarty, author of Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing

"Grammar mavens should rejoice at the appearance of this collection of nifty facts about language. I read it straight through in one sitting!"—Grant Barrett, co-host of KPBS Radio's "A Way With Words" and author of The Official Dictionary of Unofficial English