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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: Melanie Martin Novels
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers; 1St Edition edition (February 8, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375830286
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375830280
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,393,824 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 3-6 - In this fourth installment in the series, fifth grader and avid diary writer Melanie Martin copes with problems at home in New York City. She thought that she and Cecily would be BFF, or Best Friends Forever, but now a new girl has moved in and seemingly wants to steal Cecily away. To complicate things, boys are starting to enter the picture. Melanie is having an online romance with Miguel, whom she met in Spain, but her classmate Justin has caught her eye as well. Things really start to get messy when Miguel announces he and his uncle are coming to New York to visit Melanie and her family. The protagonist struggles to balance her friendship with Cecily and to tolerate Suze, juggle her romances with Miguel and Justin, and act as a Manhattan tour guide. The diary format is appealing and Weston does an effective job of conveying typical preteen conflicts and concerns. Fans of the earlier books will appreciate this one. - Heather Ulesoo, New York Public Library
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For once, Mel is spending her vacation on her home turf—Manhattan! But she's not alone. Miguel, the cute boy she met in Spain, is visiting New York, and this time Mel gets to be his tour guide. From the Empire State Building to the Statue of Liberty, from the Central Park Zoo to the Brooklyn Bridge, Mel and Miguel are off on their own adventures. But—uh-oh!—
Mel also meets a boy in math class. And while she is learning lots about the Big Apple, she is also learning it's harder than you think to like two guys at one time.

More About the Author

The New York Times Book Review calls my new novel "a love letter to language," and I hope you like AVA AND PIP too. It's the diary of a good kid who does a bad thing. The sequel, AVA AND TACO CAT, is already in the pipeline.
Twenty years! That's how long I've been doing the "Dear Carol" advice column at Girls' Life. I'm a "Teen Dear Abby" (Newsweek). I'm also a mom of daughters, and a French/Spanish comp lit major at Yale with an M.A. from Middlebury. My low-tech website is carolweston.com and my kind-of-cool advice channel is youtube.com/girltalkwithcarol.
GIRLTALK: All the Stuff Your Sister Never Told You, my first book, (HarperCollins), has been translated into 12 languages since 1985. Now in a fourth edition, it's as sensible, encouraging, and "outstanding" (SLJ) as ever. Among my other 13 books is The Diary of Melanie Martin (Knopf), a novel about a fourth grader and her brother Matt the Brat. In the series, the kids visit Italy, Spain, Holland, and NYC with their art teacher mom. It's such a privilege to write for young people!


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This is a must-read book for all young girls.
Daniel B. Bauman
This book is also a great book because it can teach you some Spanish and art.
Girl Scout Troop 154
Once I picked this book up I just couldn't put it down.
Enanita

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen Lathen on April 25, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Melanie is such a funny and wonderful character! I have been giving these books to children for years and they are always well received. The kids love them because Melanie is so moody and spills all to her diary and because Matt the Brat keeps saying things he shouldn't, and the parents thank me because we all know how hard it is to find a series that is truly worth reading. My own kids have learned a lot about art and other cultures through Melanie's mother (an art teacher) and their family travels. I highly recommend Melanie in Manhattan and the previous three books. The author's website is worth a visit too. It's melaniemartin.com.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 22, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I LOVED THIS BOOK

My best friend gave me Melanie in Manhattan for my birthday and it is really great. It is funny and very realistic. My friends have read all the Melanie Martin diaries, but this was my first one. I like how you feel like you're in many different New York City places, like Central Park and the Bronx Zoo and the museums, and I like how Melanie worries about everything, from her best friend to her worst enemy, and how she has a crush on two different boys and can't really choose. I recommend this book. I could not put it down, and that is not usually the case for me.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Geraldine Rijs on April 29, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Although this is a great book for children - I LOVED reading it myself! Carol Weston does an amazing job of getting into the mind of Melanie Martin - a quirky 5th grader from Manhattan whose life is turned upside down by the arrival of Miguel from Spain... I'd forgotten what it's like to be that age and fret about boys, best friends and annoying little brothers - such a treat! I would definitely recommend this book (and series) to anybody - what other book makes learning about New York, Art and other cultures so much fun?!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By TR on March 16, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Melanie's latest adventure in Manhattan is, perhaps, her best yet. It is enjoyable to recognize all the places she visits, such as the Frick, Central Park, and Zabar's. Any New Yorker will relate immediately to Melanie's experiences, while girls from all over will be given the best tour possible while eagerly following (and identifying with) the difficulties the heroine faces in having a crush on two boys at once.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Enanita on April 18, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Este libro es buenisimo ! I absolutely love this book. Its awesome ! Carol Weston out did herself. Once I picked this book up I just couldn't put it down. This book has the perfect combination of family, friends, and fun. Its also very educational as well. Children of all ages can definitely find something in this book to enjoy if not the entire book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jenny Bardo on April 25, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I LOVE MELANIE!!!!

And this is the best one yet. I couldn't put it down. Melanie is such a great

character and this book made me really want to see New York City someday. I've

read all four in the series and I definitely recommend them :D.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 8, 2006
Format: Paperback
The fourth book is longer and better!A must have for a b-day present. Melanie's boyfriend Miguel come by. Then she also like Justin, a boy in her class, I think she should stay with Miguel.Well that's my opinion! Anyway, this book is great from ages 9-13, or if your grownup, you can read it too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Girl Scout Troop 154 on May 23, 2008
Format: Paperback
This story is about an 11-year-old girl named Melanie who lives with her brother Matt the Brat. Melanie is going through a lot of problems. I think the book is good for girls 8-14. This book has very good artwork. This book is also a great book because it can teach you some Spanish and art. It also has very good humor. It is a very good book.

It is about a girl that has a long distance love with a guy named Miguel. Also, she has a girl that is stealing her best friend. Her name is Suze. Also they talk a LOT of Spanish. Next, the cover is really cool with a lot of action. Also she lives in the city.

Melanie is an 11-year-old girl who has an adventure in the big city of Manhattan. Her boyfriend Miguel is coming to New York for a week. Oh no! It was very good. However I recommend it for girls 10 and over.

It is about a girl who lives in the city. She has a boyfriend named Miguel. She also has a younger brother, Matt, her Dad and her Mom and an art teacher. I think it is a very good and detailed book. I loved the cover.

I think Melanie in Manhattan is a good book for kids in 4th-6th grade because the book could help through those years. The book is about a girl named Melanie and the problems she struggles with her friends. Her friends are Cecilia and Suze. Her boyfriend is Miguel. Miguel is a Spanish boyfriend she met in Spain. The boyfriend comes to visit all the way from Spain. There is also a lot of Spanish so if you are learning Spanish you should read it. She hates her brother so she calls him Matt the Brat.

A very good and interesting book. Made for middle-schoolers. Very nice and detailed cover. Lots of things going on. Melanie in Manhattan is the last of the series.
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