ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Mathew Maria: Chapter 1

Updated on March 27, 2017

Mathew Maria


The Book

Mathew Maria is a juvenile fiction novel. It is written at a fourth grade reading level. It is appropriate for all ages. It is especially appropriate for young children, but they may need a bit of help reading it. That's okay. Being read to is good for you.

Inside this book, one may or may not find an underwater water bed. There may or may not be a party in an orange tree. The weather may or may not be a bit stormy. You'll just have to read to find out.

Mathew Maria Chapter 1

Chapter 1: The Martin Family

In a small town on a long, long street lived the Martin family. There was Mr. Martin, and Mrs. Martin, and their five children. The youngest was named Mathew Maria.

The seven Martins lived together in a great big house in the exact middle of the long, long street, at number 21 Hummingbird Lane. Mr. Martin was a wonderful gardener with red hair and a green thumb. Everything he planted would grow up strong and healthy. Mrs. Martin was an inventor. She could build just about anything she could imagine. Once, she had built a rocket that went to the moon. She could also make wonderful toys for their children, like dolls that danced or paints that erased.

The four girls, Melanie, Moira, Mia, and Mary, were very ordinary little girls. They all looked just like their mother and had long blond hair and green eyes. Melanie was the eldest. Then came Moira and Mia, who were twins, and then Mary. Except for Melanie being the tallest and Mary the shortest, each of them looked exactly like the other. Mathew Maria was different.

Mathew Maria was not a boy. Mathew Maria was a girl. She was the youngest of all her sisters, and she had red hair, like her father. Her hair was not long and straight either. It curled and frizzed, and stuck out from her head like a lion’s mane. One of her eyes was green, like her sisters’, but the other was blue. Melanie, Moira, Mia, and Mary were all tall for their age. But Mathew Maria was very small. When she was six years old, she looked like she was two. Mathew Maria didn’t mind being small.

“The world is a much bigger, grander place when you are small, than when you are big,” she said once, “I’m very small, so my world is very grand.”

Before Mathew Maria was born, the Martin family had only girls. Mr. Martin and Mrs. Martin loved their four girls, but they wished very much to also have a son. And then a new baby was going to be born, and all the doctors said it was going to be a boy. The Martin family was overjoyed.

“I shall call him Mathew,” Mr. Martin said, “After my father.” Mrs. Martin agreed that Mathew was a good name for a boy.

“What shall his middle name be?” she asked. But Mr. Martin didn’t know. They made a long list of names they both liked, but still they couldn’t decide. They were all good names.

Then the baby was born, and it wasn’t a boy at all. It was a girl. Mr. Martin was very happy that she was born. He was also very sad, because he had so wanted to name her after his father. He had spent months planning her name.

“Oh, well,” said Mrs. Martin, “We can call her Maria.” But Mr. Martin did not want to change the baby’s name to Maria.

“Oh, no,” he said, “We said that this baby shall be called Mathew, and Mathew she shall be.”

“She can’t be named Mathew,” Mrs. Martin said, “Mathew is a boy’s name.”

“I don’t care,” said Mr. Martin, “A name is a name, and Mathew is a good name. I don’t see why only boys should get it.” And he wrote the name Mathew on her birth certificate. Then he looked at his long list of middle names. There were eighteen boy names written there, because he never could decide on just one. He still couldn’t decide on just one. Finally, he decided to give her every single one of those names.

“After all,” he said, “No one can have too many names.”

And so she was given the full name of Mathew Theodore Benjamin Liam David Christopher Robert Luke Joey Jonathan Richard Spencer Bruce Donald Timothy Henry Anthony Michael Robin Martin. He showed this name to his wife.

“I still say Maria is a good name,” said Mrs. Martin.

“Oh, no,” Mr. Martin said, “You chose the name for Melanie and Moira and Mia and Mary, so I will choose for this last one, and I choose Mathew.” But to please her, he added Maria to the end of her name, right after Robin and before Martin. Then Mrs. Martin agreed it was a good name.

“And for short,” Mr. Martin said, “We can call her Mathew Maria.” And so from that day on, that is what she was called.

End of Excerpt

For more visit

Support Unknown Authors!

This book is provided to you for free. I would love if you decided to buy the book. But I'll be happy if you want to show your support in other ways.

There are ways to support an author that doesn't include spending money to buy a book.

  1. Write a review! The best gift would be a review at a major website like Amazon.
  2. Tell your friends about it. Pass on the link for others to read the book. Suggest it when you hear someone looking for gift ideas.
  3. Check your local library; many public libraries have a place for card holders to 'suggest books to purchase for the library'. If not, you can talk to librarians directly.
  4. Ask your local bookstores if they carry the book. If enough people ask at a bookstore; that bookstore is likely to put the book in stock on the shelves.
  5. Send fan mail. Authors love to hear feedback.

And of course if you really do love the book, you could always buy it.

© 2014 Mir Foote


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)